Alicia Armendariz, Musician and Singer

Happy Birthday to musician and singer Alicia Armendariz, one of the first women in California’s punk music scene to star as the lead singer of a punk rock group.  Known professionally as Alicia Bag, Armendariz was born in East Los Angeles, California; her parents were Mexican immigrants.  Her musical expression is described as “estilo bravio” by the Smithsonian, which “permitted women to vocalize in a bold, brash, unapologetic and rough style”. In her 2011 memoir, “Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story”, she describes her difficult relationship with her parents, family trips to visit Mexico City, and life of a young Chicana woman in the 1970s.  Please visit the Smithsonian Institution’s www.AmericanSabor.org program for more on Alicia.