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The Spin Im In: Whole Lolla Love

This year I've been asked to be a panelist at the CMJ (College Music Journal) Music Marathon in New York City, Oct. 31st through Nov. 4th. Basically, newer/underground bands from around the world (along with some long-horn artists with a new record and some cred to go with it) converge upon the city for five nights of "showcases" in most of the NYC music clubs taken over by CMJ. College radio stations, booking agents, music publishers, record labels, etc. follow.  Overall hob-knobbing ensues. With a badge ($495 General, $295 Student-ouch!) you can club hop all night and attend the daytime panels at Lincoln Center.

Lots of panels ranging from "Acting Up: Music Activism 2006", to "Hiring and Maintaining an Entourage". There is "CBGB: The Ultimate Reunion" with Chris Stein (Blondie) and Tommy Ramone (Ramones), as well as the panel that I'm on – "Lollapalooza 15th Anniversary Reunion". 

I have to say, it's a doozey of a panel: George Clinton, Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), Gibby Hanes (Butthole Surfers), Maureen Herman (Babes In Toyland), and yours truly (L7). We don't need a moderator, we need the Chief of Police. Should be interesting, all of us lined up on the dais…authority figures. I can almost hear Jackie Gleason saying "Har har hardy har har!".

Next week I'll be bringing you The Spin I'm In PODCAST. Yippee! I'll be playing some tunes and putting my two cents in about….oh, you know, whatever. 

FYI, my band is playing The Viper Room in Los Angeles tonight at 10:00 with A.R.E. Weapons from NYC. Come on down and get your groove on.

The Spin iMix In: Whole Lolla Love



The Spin I'm In: Whole Lolla Love




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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.