Q: What was the process of getting the book Violence Girl together? Was it hard to write?
Alice: It was easy because I am very disciplined. I blogged each entry every morning and I had a rule that I couldn’t eat lunch until I had written a whole entry. I get very hungry…
Q: How would you compare punk nowadays with punk 30 years ago?
Alice: I can’t answer that because I don’t go out to many shows aside from when I am on tour, so I really don’t know but it is exciting to me to see so many groups nowadays with women, with members who are lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, people of color. For me, that is what it was like in the early punk scene. It really was a sampling of LA, you had people from everywhere. My guitarist Craig Lee, his family was pretty much rich, I mean they lived in Beverly Hills and his mother was a producer… how he got into a band with a Mexican girl from East LA – you know, it was just the music, it was just the creativity that we had in common. And that’s what it should be: stripped down to the ideas, the creativity. It’s not about all that other stuff. Of course, we bring that other stuff with us but it’s not what we’re exchanging. We’re really working at the level of ‘what are your ideas?’”
The Bags - Alice Bag - Photo: Herb Wrede