TITLE: Xicanistas & Punkeristas: SAY IT LOUD! An Anti-Copyright Zine Chronicling Xicana’s in Punk and Beyond
CREATOR: Brenda M. @ Sing Your Life Literature Projects
RELEASE: May 2013
ORIGIN: Oakland, Califas
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DESCRIPTION BY BRENDA M.: Zine is 21 pages. Black and white Xeroxed copies.
This Zine was my submission, my final project for a Xican@ Studies course at SF State.My decision to submit a piece of work that is, for the most part, not considered appropriate work for an academic institution was a conscious, intentional one. I intend, now and forever, to create pieces of work that are available for all people. This is an anti-copyright, anti-privatization production.
Property is theft.
The contents of this Zine focus on Xicanas in Punk. The term Xicana is defined as self-identified womyn of America who hold to their hearts and their consciousness the herstory and development of Xican@ socio-political culture. Xicanas have existed since 1848, when the United States of America created a border that divided Central and South America from North America. Xicanas refuse to have a hyphenated identity.
NO TO: Mexican-American, Salvadorean-American, Nicaraguensa-Americana.
Punk is the cultural movement that manifested in loud expressions of dissent as was visible in both the style and dress of punks, but also in the politically driven lyrics and expressions of punk music. Xicanas existed in the punk movement, as did a number of bad ass womyn of color. For the purpose of the assignment, I only speak of the Xicana experience. But I believe the experience is universal for all womyn of color, who for so long have been pushed on the sideline as angry, cute figures, not worthy of being placed in the books.
WE ARE ANGRY AND HELL YEAH WE ARE REALLY FUCKING CUTE AND OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD FROM THE SUBURBS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO LOS PUEBLOS IN CHIAPAS.
This is her story.
The guts of the Zine include:
* A Love Note To The Reader: a miniature piece on the importance of transparency
* La Inspiracion: how Poly Styrene saved me from Suburbia
* Xicanistas Son Punkeristas: reclaiming our identity, Teresa Covarubbias spits truth, and Alice Bag talks about assimilation
*The Xicana Way: Rasquachismo & Musical Fusion: the original DIY culture
* A Brief, Brief Timeline: Bad Ass Mujeres in Herstory: from 1848 to present day, bad ass mujeres doing bad ass work in bad ass musical endeavors
* La Mala Pulga: Star Clouds And The Ramones Rejection: the biography of the 22-year old lead singer of Richmond, Califas’ Las Malas Pulgas
* That 20 Track List That’ll DO IT: a mixed tape/CD/playlist that you all need to make.
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