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The Spin I’m In – Podcast 4: Blue Kisses From Jane Wiedlin


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It's wonderfully weird to have a friend like Jane Wiedlin. Her resume is mind-blowing and a lot of it I wasn't even aware of until I did a little homework after she agreed to make an appearance on this Podcast. You know, sometimes when a friend has done so much stuff you only hear about it in head-spinning tidbits.

I've always been a fan and her work with The Go Go's was an inspiration for my band L7. And just in case you didn't know this, The Go Go's made rock and roll history by being the first all female band who wrote and performed their own material to top the Billboard charts with their #1 album Beauty And The Beat. However, there is so much more to Jane Wiedlin: solo artist, songwriter, actress, playwright, The Surreal Life star, record producer, activist, animal lover, hardest working woman in show business. 

Jane didn't really want to have an "interview" so she came over to my place for a couple of beers, and I got some questions in anyway. In fact we blabbed so much that I'm making this Podcast "conversation" a two part-er. This episode includes topics such as punk rock backlash, fat pets, political candidates, Nashville backlash, and masturbation slang. 

We also devised a CONTEST exclusively for the Firedoglake community. You'll hear more about this in the Podcast but the Cliff Notes version for the technically challenged is this…

Contest Question: What is the common thread between Jane Wiedlin and Donita Sparks? (and it's not professional). The most accurate or most creative answer in the comments section will win. I will announce the winner in next week's podcast, Part 2 with Jane Wiedlin. 


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I've included the following links to some of the organizations that are near and dear to Jane's bleeding heart that we will also be discussing in Part 2.

general dog & cat rescue, education, etc.

rescue for greyhound dogs

rescue for Chinese Crested dogs

raises money for women battling breast cancer

animal rescue


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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.