Posts tagged Punk
Posts tagged Punk
“Female performers have always tended to be more reserved, but all that is changing. Rock music and sexuality are about rebellion and outrage and I refuse to dress up sweetly and play dumb.” - Alice Bag, interview with Kristine McKenna for the LA Times, June 18, 1978
Violence Girl flyer for upcoming show on 6/23 at Cal’s in Chicago.
Show your solidarity with Pussy Riot and the @PermanentWaveNY’s benefit concert taking place in NYC tomorrow. Grab this photo and update your own Facebook cover photo or just reblog this post. Be prepared to let people know about Pussy Riot and the plight of our imprisoned sisters in Russia. Up to date info and action items here: http://www.freepussyriot.org/
A response to Jessica Bruder’s call to punk arms in today’s @NYTimes.
The original op-ed can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/09/opinion/real-punk-belongs-to-fighters.html
Thank you for bringing attention to the plight of the young women accused of hooliganism in Russia. While punk in other countries manifests in different ways, it is far from dead in the US and UK. Punk has never been found in the boutiques. The rebellious spirit of punk remains alive and well in the streets of the US. A show in support of and in solidarity with the accused members of Pussy Riot will take place on June 12th at Death By Audio in NYC. I encourage anyone who wants to experience the kicking, screaming and still very much alive spirit of punk to attend this event.
- Alice Bag
“I hadn’t noticed the first time we played, but there was an intense anger inside of me that turned even the most trite lyrics into a verbal assault. I felt like a woman possessed, and the ritual of being onstage was my exorcism.” - Alice Bag, Violence Girl
Photo of Alice Bag by Dan Hogle
It’s 5AM on a weekday morning in 1992, and a young gorgonet has just awakened to face another school day. It’s cold out; her mother yelled at her last night for dressing “slutty” and being “fat,” and also for wanting to be “like a boy.” Her father pretended the fight wasn’t happening until she got…
Alice: What is the legacy of punk in your life?
Gerber: “It filled the hole, still does. I found myself. It inspired me, it gave me the gumption to do what I wanted to do, rather than pretend to be someone I wasn’t in a world of puppets. Not to say I haven’t grown and changed (and that’s a constant), but (punk) is my center. Punk helped me define my morals, likes, dislikes, without wearing a 99 cent pair of taupe Leggs, hating myself. Though I had moments of trying that, it never lasted. I always lost them and dug thru my bags of thrift store treasures and donned my white powder and Black Orchid lipstick. Punk set me free to scream my truth…it needed to be screamed.” - Gerber (aka Michelle Bell), “Queen of the Masque Scene” - Interview with Alice Bag for Women In LA Punk archives.
Read the full interview (and others) here:
White Rabbit performed by the Bags, August 1979, live at the Hong Kong Cafe. Someday I will open a combination pastry shop and bookstore and it will be named Feed Your Head. Enjoy.
“Onstage the following night in front of maybe 50-60 people, Alice was a deranged primal shriek from the depths of an inner rage I couldn’t at first fathom. Seething. Breathless. I’d never seen any woman so angry. I was agog. Terrified and psyched at the same time.” - Brendan Mullen, recalling the Bags’ first show at the Masque in August, 1977.
Photo of Alice Bag at the Hong Kong Cafe, 1978 by Louis Jacinto.