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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 179: Violence Girl w/ Alice Bag

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Release Date: 02/20/2020

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Alice Bag is a punk icon, the lead singer of legendary 1970s L.A. punk band The Bags, and now a writer, educator, and feminist archivist. In this conversation, she tells her story of overcoming a childhood in East L.A. wracked by poverty and domestic abuse, finding an outlet for her personal and political rage in the burgeoning Hollywood punk scene. In the years since that initial explosion, she’s become one of the movement’s chief historians, recovering the voices of women and people of color who are often left out of the mainstream punk narrative.