When I found out that Los Angeles punk rock legend and personal friend, Alice Bag was about to release her first book, “Violence Girl,” through Feral House, I asked her if she would be interested in doing a double book signing event at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with photographer and friend Dawn Wirth who had just self published “The Bags – Hollywood Forever“ with previously unseen photos of Alice’s group taken in 1978. I had suggested to Alice that I’d love to play bass with her if she were to perform some songs. The night before the event, we rehearsed three songs along with Lysa Flores.
A crowd of people showed up to see Alice, filling the gallery spaces and part of the store. After the reading and performance, a long line formed for the book signing portion of the event. Alice and Dawn kept busy for two hours signing books and chatting with fans.
Alice was a trailblazer in the early punk era and her experiences growing up in East Los Angeles, being woman in the Los Angeles punk scene, and her life after as an activist, mother and teacher are documented in her book which actually started off as a blog, Diary of A Bad Housewife. Alice’s contact with friends and fans via her blog inspired her to write this book which is not only an interesting read for fans of the early Los Angeles punk scene, but a powerful and empowering read for young people, women and Hispanics no matter what music of choice!
Here’s some video of the event – shot by my girlfriend Samantha on an iPod Touch. It was a honor to play with Alice!