This review is from: Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story (Paperback)
When I first saw Alice sing it was 1985 I was 12 yrs-old,(Decline of Western Civilization) her power moved me through the television screen & records, her stage presence so powerful, conquering and sexy without even trying. Now in the pages of "Violence Girl" she reveals were this power was birthed, her strength comes through the pages just as strong.
In diary style,reading her stories you feel like you were there, in her world- right next to her.
The first 2 pages of "Violence Girl" made goosebumps form up and down my arms, the electricity on the pages of her description of being on stage and in control: in an out-of-control situation.
Literally going through a series of emotions- nostalgia,tears,vigor and laughter within the next 378 carnal pages.
Alice hides nothing in this book!!!! How refreshing!
A childhood that feels so disturbing but rewarding. Filled with love yet demons finding their way into her household, when Alice describes the violence her father inflicted in such detail, you can't help but feel scared and helpless. Ending each story with an epic thought
"I never loved my father more than at that moment when he took my word against everyone Else's"- you understand & accept their bond.
Most of the time these type of autobiographies are written second hand (by a brother,sister,lover,fan) or when the subject has passed on, especially from this place and time.
Intimate epiphanies following these recollections "suddenly realized that a woman who refused to play by the rules could change everything" add to the experiences described in such detail.
This is also a documentation of an origin that changed music,fashion,art that has inspired generations, before social networking or the World Wide Web.
I will be recommending this book to teen girls, mothers and independent thinkers that are needing some empowerment, cause Alice proves to us that no matter what "We are in control of our dreams and our lives" revealing through humor and sometimes second thoughts always holding her head high. Learning from mistakes without shame.
Here I am a 38 year old mother of two and still as inspired by Alice as I was at 12 years-old (in more ways now)and still claim her to be my top 5 woman of all time!
Thank you Alice.......