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Lee (Craig Michael) papers
Coll2016-013  
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Description
Music fanzines, fliers, writings, correspondence, clippings, photographs and other material, 1967-1994, from Craig Michael Lee, a music critic and openly-gay musician in Los Angeles-area punk bands during the late-1970s and 1980s. Lee performed with Alice Bag in the punk rock bands The Bags and Boneheads; and collaborated with other queer punk performers such as Vaginal Davis. Lee was also a music critic, contributing articles to Flip Side music zine and the Los Angeles Times.
Background
Craig Michael Lee attended California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California. He went on to play guitar in Los Angeles-area punk rock bands, including The Bags and Boneheads with Alice Bag. He also worked as a music critic and reported on the underground punk music scene, contributing articles to Flip Side fanzine, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. His work documenting the music scene culminated in co-authoring the book Hardcore California: A History of Punk and New Wave (1983). In the book, Gay L.A., Stuart Timmons discusses Lee's experience as an openly gay musician and the harassment he received for his homosexuality. Timmons argues that Lee was a part of a queer punk culture that would have an influence on the Los Angeles punk scene by challenging conventional notions of sex and sexuality. Lee wrote and performed "Fist Funk," introducing some audiences to fisting and BDSM practices.
Extent
1.8 Linear Feet 2 boxes.
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.