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What you can wait from a girl with a lot of will and no fear of people opinion about make rock ‘n’ roll? Joan Jett is the answer.While many boys saw her as “one more rocker girl” or despised her, Joan rode one of the most irreverent band in the Rock story…the Runaways.
With a success trajectory, and at the same time, polemic, the Runaways showed to the world that a band made only by girls could make a great sound.Unfortunately, drugs abuse and some controversy between the girls cause the band’s end.
You can think whatever you want about Joan Jett, she doesn’t care.A lot of people said that Runaways didn’t “combined” with the rock scene and Joan couldn’t live it up.Actually, she always showed attitude and, when the Runaways were in the end, she decided to show that could go further.
Making an awesome meeting with the Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook, Joan recorded three songs.One of them was “I Love Rock and Roll”.During the recording sessions, Joan met Kenny Laguna, the producer who helped her to compose many success tracks.
The album was ready and was named as “Joan Jett”.However, twenty-three labels rejected it saying that the album would “fail”.A stupid(but very common) mistake by the fops.Joan and Laguna gave up of the opinion of these guys and decided to create their own label, the Blackheart Records.Joan Jett was the first woman to open her own label.
A punk attitude?Maybe much more than this.In 1980, with the Blackheart band, Joan relaunches her first album, now as “Bad Reputation”.After one year making tours and recording sessions, the album “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll and a single of this songs appears in the scene…a immediate success.Billboard classified that song as the 28º best songs of all the time.
“A girl can do what she wanna do and that’s what I gonna do!” This is a part of Bad Reputation lirycs.Do you wanna another courage example of this girl?
When you think of women in the hard rock field, there is one name that instantly comes to mind… Joan Jett. Since her start with the all-girl group The Runaways to her current band The Blackhearts, Joan has never let the fact that she’s a woman interfere whit her desire to rock ‘n’ roll. “Everybody would say ‘girls can’t play rock ‘n’ roll,” says Joan of an image problem she has always had to battle, “I would hear that so much that I finally realized that’s just something they’re saying because they don’t want me here. It’s just that I know what I want, I know what I con do and I do it pretty good. The proof is in the audience.”
Fan reaction has always been positive for Joan and she was hit singles like “Bad Reputation”, “Crinsom and Clover” and “I Love Rock and Roll” to prove it. But she has never been afraid to enter new directions in her music; this is evident in her latest album Good Music. “It’s very straight ahead rock and roll, very loud, very guitar-oriented,” she says.
Along with her album, Joan has put her hand in the film making business, which many singers have done in the past. In Light of Day, Joan plays Patti Rasnick, a struggling rock singer with family problems, and she received good notices for her natural vulnerability as an actress. Says Joan of her movie debut, “They were really generous, (speaking of co-stars Michael J. Fox and Gena Rowlands). They tried to make me comfortable.”
Mike Tyson and Joan Jett (Photos by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(Photos by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Joan Jett just fired off a lawsuit against former Runaways band member Jackie Fox saying she’s ticked Fox is trying to cash in on the band’s name, a trademark Jett says she owns herself.
In the suit — which reads like a “Behind the Music” of the rockin’ 70s girl group — Jett alleges her former bassist has “threatened” her business partners, claiming she also has the right to be paid for the use of the Runaways trademarks.
Jett says Fox has also been a nuisance with the production of the band’s biopic, starring Kristen Stewart, saying Jackie has tried to halt filming until she sees/approves a script. According to Joan, there is no character based on Jackie in the movie.
Joan is seeking damages suffered from Fox’s alleged meddling and a declaration from the court saying Fox has no right to the band name or any money made from it.
As you guys know, a new album is coming up and here are a few new songs that will possibly be in it.
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JETTHEADS, TODAY IS OUR DAY! TODAY IS JOAN JETT DAY!
And we, The Joan Jett International FanClub team, wish to you all a HAPPY JOAN JETT DAY FOR EVERYONE, because that day is very special to all Jettheads, isn’t it?
Let’s enjoy this special day listening and watching our favorites songs and movies/videoclips of Joan. And you, what are you doing to celebrate?
“I got my Melody Maker in 1977,” the legendary Joan Jett says about the guitar she has made one of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll. “It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me.’ It’s my baby.”
Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, Gibson’s Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a Worn White finish.
The slim-tapered neck profile is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett’s original guitar, with an ebony fingerboard and Gibson’s classic, silk-screened gold logo on the headstock.
The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic “witch hat” knobs, exactly as they are on Jett’s guitar.
A “kill” switch replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard.
The classic, snarling growl of Jett’s original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup.
Add some typical Melody Maker appointments—24 ¾-inch scale length, and standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece—and the result is a painstaking and heartfelt tribute to one of the most fearless, groundbreaking artists in rock and roll.
Each Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker comes with a Gibson USA hard case.
Photographers: Greger Lindblad, Hendrik Lohoff