Donnas stoker since way back when



2003 on SNL

I’ve been a fan of The Donnas since before they were The Donnas . They were Raggedy Ann with a 7 inch EP recorded by Bart the recording guy Thurber,  and his roommate Eugene Robinson of oxbow said he wanted them to open for him in December 1994 but it took me until January to book them and because they were only 15 I got their moms or three out of four to sign permission slips. I was not a pimp. Or contributing to the delinquency of a minor —they accomplished that by themselves. (Or pretended to, to push product). 😉

There was the album called “The Donnas Turn 21”: I have jokingly suggested that we are ready for “The Donnas Turn 40”. But in seriousness they’ve had interesting lives so maybe recent material would be deeper. Patti Smith still rocks and she is turning 72 this month.

Three out of the four are back in school or eventually finished their undergraduate, and graduate work.

Rumor has it that The Donnas have been added to the Palo Alto cultural/historical map in that in addition to pointing out where Billy Kreutzmann of the Dead lived or Grace Slick we will know which elementary school The Donnas attended. This was discussed at the historic resources Board (HRB)special meeting at 567 Hale Thursday. (Ok, I brought it up during open forum, but a commissioner had mentioned a possible Palo Alto Rock History Tour ex parte).

And I found a clip of the four girls with Ray Liotta —women I mean —plugging that week’s appearance on Saturday Night  Live.  They also toured Japan three times.


Donna A live in Toronto


Donnas C, R live in Toronto


Donna F live in Toronto. Or was it Donna M? Now I forget. (Its Maya Ford either way)

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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