Alice Bag Publishing


Avenue 50 Studio


A L I C E     B A G

A Reading with Performance


JULY 19, 2015

2 - 4 PM


Alice Bag was the lead singer of the Bags, a 1977 punk band that was at the forefront of the early west coast punk scene.  Her performances were documented in the film The Decline of Western Civilization. Alice has been involved in numerous musical projects, most of which have included other female musicians and artists.

In 2011, Alice penned her first book, Violence Girl: From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage - A Chicana Punk Story. Violence Girl chronicles the story of Alice's upbringing in East L.A. and her eventual migration to Hollywood to help usher in the first punk wave.  Her follow up book, Pipe Bomb for the Soul was published in 2015 and documents Alice's eye-opening trip to Nicaragua at the height of the U.S. funded Contra war against the Sandinista government.

Pipe Bomb for the Soul is based on Alice Bag's 1986 Nicaraguan diaries.  A post-punk look at life in a post-revolutionary socialist society, Pipe Bomb for the Soul explodes consumerist, capitalist, racial and gender assumptions and proposes a new model for growth from witnessing an alternate version of reality.

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