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.
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
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