Alice Bag – Punk Icon
Chicana punk legend Alice Bag (née Alicia Armendariz) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While a teenager, she met fellow traveler Patricia Morrison through their shared love of glam rock. The pair founded their first band, Femme Fatale, which eventually evolved into revered first wave punk band The Bags. With Alice and Patricia both taking the stage surname Bag, the band performed their first show at The Masque in the fall of 1977. The release of their 1978 Survive 7" helped establish the band as one of the most promising acts in the nascent LA punk scene. It was the only recording released during the band's lifespan.
The Bags officially called it quits in 1981. That year, Alice Bag made an appearance in Penelope Spheeris' punk rock doc The Decline of Western Civilization, along with other seminal LA punk bands like Germs, Black Flag, and X. In the following years, Bag formed deathrock band Castration Squad, Latin-influenced punk band Cholita! and Stay at Home Bomb, a group she formed with other rock 'n' roll scene parents. In 2011, she published a well-received memoir, Violence Girl: From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage. In 2016, Alice Bag returned to music with her debut self-titled LP. Her sophomore album, Blueprint, came out April 13, 2018.