Suzi Gardner

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Suzanne Gardner
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Suzi Gardner performing in Germany, 2015
Background information
Born (1960-08-01) August 1, 1960 (age 58)
OriginAltus, Oklahoma
GenresPunk rock, grunge, alternative rock, alternative metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
Years active1982-present
LabelsEpitaph Records,

Sub Pop, Slash Records,

Wax Tadpole Records
Associated actsL7
MembersSuzi Gardner, Donita Sparks, Demetra Plakas, Jennifer Finch

Suzanne "Suzi" Gardner (born August 1, 1960 Altus, Oklahoma)[1] is an American musician most notable for being a guitarist and vocalist of the band L7. Before playing with L7, Suzi wrote for LA Weekly.[2] Gardner co-founded L7 with Donita Sparks in 1985.[3][4][5] Gardner was writing poetry and music at the time she met Sparks in Los Angeles, CA. Suzi and Donita both worked at LA Weekly and were active in the creative art punk scene of musicians, poets, and performance artists in Echo Park when they began to begin to write music together as L7.[6]

Along with appearing on all six L7 studio albums, Gardner also provided guest vocals on the Black Flag song "Slip It In" on their 1984 release of the same title. With her L7 bandmates Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch, she was also featured on the Bad Religion album Suffer, where she provided additional guitar with Sparks on the song "Best for You".

Gardner and L7 formed a pro-choice organization called Rock for Choice, which staged many benefit shows featuring popular bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana. The first Rock for Choice concert was in 1991.[7]

In 1994, Gardner appeared in the John Waters film Serial Mom as part of the fictitious band "Camel Lips".[8]

Suzi also became the first woman to have her breasts plaster-cast by Cynthia Plaster Caster in 2000.[9]

Original video and consolidated interviews with Suzi Garnder are included in the documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead, released in 2016 and directed by Sarah Price.[10] Gardner continues to perform live shows with the original line up of L7 and has co-written two new songs with Sparks: Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago, 2017 and I Came Back to Bitch, 2018.[11]


With L7[edit]

As guest musician[edit]


  1. ^ biography on IMDB.
  2. ^ [1].
  3. ^ L7 Official website Archived 2008-07-01 at the Wayback Machine..
  4. ^ Nielsen, Jeff (April 3, 2018). "Donita Sparks Talks About Why the Hard Rock Band Came Back to Bitch".
  5. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie (August 3, 2016). "L7 is, better late than never, getting respect". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Grant, Sarah (November 21, 2017). "L7: To Hell and Back". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Tehabsim, Anna (March 18, 2015). "Turning Points: L7's Donita Sparks". Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Serial Mom (1994) - Full Cast and Crew". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  9. ^ L7's Suzi Gardner "Gets a Boob Job" (NY Rock)
  10. ^ Price, Sarah (November 11, 2016). "L7: Pretend We're Dead".
  11. ^ Berman, Judy (September 29, 2017). "After 18 Years, How Do L7 Return? With a Song About Trashing Trump's Mar-a-Lago". Retrieved April 7, 2018.