Meanwhile On TumblR: PoCs and Punk Rock’s Real History

By Andrea Plaid

Well, I’m back from the subaltern world of moviemaking–at least that’s how it felt–and here to report about the latest from Tumblr’s blue backend fields.

This week, we reblogged a great comic from Bitch’s Suzy X from Tumblring cohort Sean Padilla. In it, Suzy describes being a punk rocker of color in din of racism–and still finding a home in that scene.

Suzy X 1


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Suzy X 3

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Check out what else we’re into at the R’s Tumblr!

  • Chris H

    Okay, as an old punk rock fan, I have to say, FUCK YES. This is awesome. It’s probably significant that as a suburban whiteboy, I picked up a lot of my earliest knowledge of punk rock from a comic book by two Latinos (Love and Rockets, by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez.

    One of the things that gets dropped from a lot of punk rock history is how much punk and reggae influenced each other, especially the early stuff from London. To someone unfamiliar with the genre, it seems completely counterintuitive that those two forms would have anything to do with each other; but listen to 1970s English punk, like the Slits or the Clash, and it’s unavoidable.

    A couple of years ago, the former Alice Bag (of the Bags, or the Alice Bag Band) came out with her autobiography, Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story. I’m ashamed to say that it’s lingered in my ever-growing list of Books That I’m Going to Read Soon for the last two years, but she’s said some interesting stuff about her history with the punk scene (good and bad) since then, and blogs at Diary of a Bad Housewife.