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"'Death to Racism and Punk Rock Revisionism': Alice Bag's Cancíon Ranchera in Hollywood Punk Aesthetics"

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"Vexing: Female Voices from East L.A. Punk," a recent exhibit highlighting the influence of Chicanas (including Chicana singer Alice Bag) in Los Angeles punk music scenes, generated unexpected controversy provoked by its coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Tellingly, the controversy was not fueled by the centering of women's influence in punk, but instead by Vexing's association of Alice Bag (born Alicia Armendariz to immigrant parents from Mexico) with a scene that was located in an historic Mexican American community, East Los Angeles. The exhibits inclusion of Alice Bag (a recognized 1970s Hollywood punk pioneer), "outed" her as a brown-bodied Chicana, which created narrative crises. By allowing herself to be included in an exhibit focused on East L.A. punk, Hollywood punk pioneers publicly accused Alice Bag of betraying the Hollywood punk scene, a scene that has narrated itself as color-blind and open to all creeds, colors, and sexualities. By suggesting that East L.A. punk developed once the Hollywood scene became closed, Alice Bag was accused of "playing the race card" despite the fact that she had never mention "race" as a criteria for exclusion.

The struggle to represent the Hollywood punk scene as either a utopian space of color-blind inclusivity or as a space of creative contradiction and messy politics that led to unexpected musical creations, implicates issues of punk aesthetics, bodies, and archives. Even more disruptive to the accepted narrative of 1970s Hollywood punk, an examination of video/sound clips of Alice Bag's performance reveals the unrecognized influence of Cancion Ranchera sound/gesture on the development of the West Coast punk culture.
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Habell-Pallán, Michelle. ""'Death to Racism and Punk Rock Revisionism': Alice Bag's Cancíon Ranchera in Hollywood Punk Aesthetics"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Renaissance Hotel, Washington D.C., <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p318807_index.html>

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Habell-Pallán, M. ""'Death to Racism and Punk Rock Revisionism': Alice Bag's Cancíon Ranchera in Hollywood Punk Aesthetics"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Renaissance Hotel, Washington D.C. <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p318807_index.html

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Abstract: "Vexing: Female Voices from East L.A. Punk," a recent exhibit highlighting the influence of Chicanas (including Chicana singer Alice Bag) in Los Angeles punk music scenes, generated unexpected controversy provoked by its coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Tellingly, the controversy was not fueled by the centering of women's influence in punk, but instead by Vexing's association of Alice Bag (born Alicia Armendariz to immigrant parents from Mexico) with a scene that was located in an historic Mexican American community, East Los Angeles. The exhibits inclusion of Alice Bag (a recognized 1970s Hollywood punk pioneer), "outed" her as a brown-bodied Chicana, which created narrative crises. By allowing herself to be included in an exhibit focused on East L.A. punk, Hollywood punk pioneers publicly accused Alice Bag of betraying the Hollywood punk scene, a scene that has narrated itself as color-blind and open to all creeds, colors, and sexualities. By suggesting that East L.A. punk developed once the Hollywood scene became closed, Alice Bag was accused of "playing the race card" despite the fact that she had never mention "race" as a criteria for exclusion.

The struggle to represent the Hollywood punk scene as either a utopian space of color-blind inclusivity or as a space of creative contradiction and messy politics that led to unexpected musical creations, implicates issues of punk aesthetics, bodies, and archives. Even more disruptive to the accepted narrative of 1970s Hollywood punk, an examination of video/sound clips of Alice Bag's performance reveals the unrecognized influence of Cancion Ranchera sound/gesture on the development of the West Coast punk culture.


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