When: Wed., May 13, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Whenever a given marginal group achieves greater visibility, people tend to assume that it only became outspoken at that point, which is basically always wrong. For instance, riot grrrl, the 1990s explosion of explicitly feminist punk artists, didn’t have just a few forebears; it was preceded by a great big lineage of women in punk whose stories have lately been emerging as memoirs. This year heralded books by The Slits’ Viv Albertine and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Back in 2011, Alice Bag’s memoir, Violence Girl, chronicled her fraught coming-of-age story as a Chicana glam-rock enthusiast in East LA who went on to front one of Hollywood’s earliest and finest punk bands, The Bags. On Wednesday at Studio Grand (3234 Grand Ave., Oakland), a self-declared “punk feminist party” features Bag in concert with Frightwig, the local punk group whose two 1980s full-lengths were anthologized in 1994 under the title, Wild Women Never Die. The event also promises a reading from Evelyn McDonnell, who co-edited, along with Ann Powers, last year’s vital anthology of music criticism, Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap.