As the co-founder and lead singer of The Bags in the mid-‘70s, Alice Bag is one of the pioneering figures of the punk movement. The Los Angeles native is also an accomplished author who has published two books: the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl and Pipe Bomb for the Soul, based on her experiences in post-revolutionary Nicaragua. With her debut EP for Don Giovanni arriving in stores on June 24, we hung out with Bag in what’s left of The Masque, the infamous Hollywood punk venue where she first cut her teeth decades ago, to talk about her colorful life.
Thanks to author David Markey and Bazillion Points for the use of a photo from We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California.