New Documentary “L7: Pretend We’re Dead” Restores the Legacy of One of L.A.’s Best Bands

Despite their self-professed “rags-to-riches-to-rags” story, L7 have survived all that surrounds them, almost by accident.

LA Weekly reports:

The narrative of the L.A. rock quartet had been lost in the sands of time, until the band’s own fans demanded it be told on L7’s terms. L7: Pretend We’re Dead, the Kickstarter-funded documentary spanning their original 16-year run, lives up to their high expectations. Director Sarah Price has raged through 100 hours of footage from those years (1985 to 2001) to compile it ahead of an official L.A. premiere at the Vista on Nov. 17. (Watch an exclusive clip from the documentary below.)

Inspired by the Kickstarter’s success to resurrect the L7 monster, Sparks and her original co-conspirator Suzi Gardner met for the first time in 14 years last spring. Together with bassist Jennifer Finch and drummer Dee Plaka, they played reunion shows throughout the summer and will play two local gigs at the Troubadour (Nov. 20) and Echoplex (Nov. 21) to celebrate the documentary’s premiere.

“It’s a weird thing to watch all this stuff,” Sparks says of the finished film. “I was surprised by some of the things my bandmates said that I didn’t know. You think a falling-out happens because of reason A, but it’s a combination of reason B and C.”



Donita Sparks will be speaking with L.A. Weekly this afternoon via Facebook Live. Visit L.A. Weekly‘s Facebook pageat 3:15 p.m. Pacific time to watch.

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