Senin, 01 Maret 2010

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Violence Girl Hollywood Stage Chicana

Violence Girl Hollywood Stage Chicana

I just got the book last week and I couldn't put it down... It's an amazing memoir from one of punk rock's first ladies. Alice's first hand accounts of her memories are heart-warming, frightening, familiar (myself being first generation Mexican-American as well), eye-opening, and inspiring all at the same time. It was fantastic getting her first-hand account of how the punk rock scene in Los Angeles first blossomed and reading all about Alice's early influences...but the best if the way Alice tells and conjures up memories of her life as a little girl and all that happened to her and around her that influenced her stage presence and art. To me, Alice is truly a visionary artist and this book illustrates just how much of an influence she has become to so many. It's truly inspiring and fascinating to read about her life "after" punk rock in her journey through college to her position as a school teacher. A truly great memoir that I can guarantee you won't be able to put the book down either... Felicidades, Alicia!

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5 komentar:

  1. Alice Bag's life may seem very different form yours until you read this book. The journey from "East LA rage to the Hollywood stage" is her unique experience but the circumstances and ideas that made her embark on it are relatable to all. From overcoming a complex childhood to distancing herself from a creative community with a self-destructive undercurrent she helped form, she does an exceptional job at conveying her motivations at the time and how she emerged from the confusion and found her place in the world. She never sacrifices the fun or intelligence throughout the book and that is a rare feat. Most importantly, the book is a great motivator to start doing what you believe in!

    BalasHapus
  2. I just got the book last week and I couldn't put it down... It's an amazing memoir from one of punk rock's first ladies. Alice's first hand accounts of her memories are heart-warming, frightening, familiar (myself being first generation Mexican-American as well), eye-opening, and inspiring all at the same time. It was fantastic getting her first-hand account of how the punk rock scene in Los Angeles first blossomed and reading all about Alice's early influences...but the best if the way Alice tells and conjures up memories of her life as a little girl and all that happened to her and around her that influenced her stage presence and art. To me, Alice is truly a visionary artist and this book illustrates just how much of an influence she has become to so many. It's truly inspiring and fascinating to read about her life "after" punk rock in her journey through college to her position as a school teacher. A truly great memoir that I can guarantee you won't be able to put the book down either... Felicidades, Alicia!

    BalasHapus
  3. Reading this book is like having your best friend talking to you. Like I imagine many others did, I had to just give in, stop everything, and finish it in one fell swoop because I couldn't stop reading it. I savored even the parts I'd already read on her blog, [...]. Whatever race you've been pegged as, you'll relate to Alice's youthful alienation. She articlulates beautifully her love and her anger for her parents, her contradictions/ambitions/survival sense/fearlessness, and her passionate sense of what she can do to make this world less insane for others. She didn't rest on her laurels, she's still busy being rad in many ways, and it shows. Buy this book, enjoy it, and give it to a young'un.

    BalasHapus
  4. Lynnette Fletcher23 November 2013 11.32

    Being a fan of the late seventies west coast punk scene, I ordered this book based on the author's history in the Bags, a band I had only heard of in relation to other bands of the time. I have to admit that I expected this book to be similar to other punk tomes I have read: either a sloppily written oral history or a breathless tell-all about the crazy punk days. What I got was so much more. Violence Girl is a universal coming of age story of a bright young artist who is struggling to come to terms with her identity as a daughter, a woman, a chicana...and how she finds her voice and sense of purpose through her incredible experiences. I was blown away. Certain scenes made me catch my breath with their ferocity and then I would turn the page and find such heartbreaking tenderness and forgiveness that I was moved to tears. NOT your average rock and roll fairytale, Violence Girl has many lessons to teach. In fact, I turned around and ordered books for my entire high school advanced reading class. Get this book, share it with a young person. It will inspire you.

    BalasHapus