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A trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, is a must at some point for every music lover.
No other museum has put together a tribute to rockin’ females, much less one so thorough. Sure, they seem to be missing a few noteworthy artists, but there are over 50 represented on their timeline dating back to the 1920s.
The tour starts with Blues and Jazz giants such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, moves through the girl groups of the ‘60s, the Punks and Post-Punks like Patti Smith and the B-52’s, and on up until the present.
Those of us without the ability to physically get there can enjoy a virtual look at history and the undeniable importance and influence of these great talents. Rockhall.com has put together a taste of what can be seen at the museum, with background on each performer, videos, and photographs.
Meanwhile, here’s a few nice photos from the Women Who Rock exhibit:
The 1970s (Cher, Donna Summer, The Runaways)
The Runaways: Cherry Bomb Lyrics, 1976
( August 30, 2010) On Friday night (Aug 27, 2010), I went to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver and it was a fantastic show! Joan was amazing live, she really does have a unique voice and sound that hasn’t ever been replicated. The band sounded solid, I would say they’re one of those bands that sound just as good live (if not better) than on the record. The setting was perfect for a rock show – outdoors at the PNE under a cloudless sky, a huge crowd of loyal fans, and big screens surrounding the central stage so everyone had a good view. The sound was undeniable, you can’t help but sing along with Joan, and even for those who weren’t really familiar with her music – everyone knows “I Love Rock N Roll.”
What was interesting to see was the diverse crowd at this show. There were clearly die-hard Joan Jett fans there who have known her since the beginning with The Runaways before the Blackhearts came into formation. Then at the other end of the spectrum there were a lot of younger people there probably in their early 20′s who have just started to get to know Joan’s music. I feel like whether you’ve been there from the start or are a new fan, the love of music is mutual. It’s pretty cool to see people in their 40′s and 50′s rocking out with kids in their 20′s at the same show. Joan Jett’s music definitely transcends generations.
I started listening to The Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts after seeing The Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. It was Kristen’s portrayal of Joan Jett that made me want to get to know her more and to hear more of her music in real life. After seeing the movie in the theatre, the first thing I did when I got home was to start checking out the music. I absolutely loved songs like: I Want You, Don’t Surrender, Light Of Day and Love Is Pain. Those are still my four favourites. It’s been less than a year since I started listening to their music but Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are one of my favourite bands now.
I think it’s great that a movie like The Runaways has opened up this world of 70′s/80′s music to kids who’ve never heard it before. If it means people go out and buy Runaways or Blackhearts music, that someone goes and buys Cherie Currie‘s autobiography Neon Angel, or that people go out to support Joan Jett at a rock show – then that movie has surely done some good. Everyone at that show probably has their own story on how they started listening to Joan Jett’s music, and there was definitely a generation gap, but everyone was there to support the band and enjoy the show which is what really matters. Joan dedicated the show to her mom who passed away the day before so it was pretty emotional to see her up there rocking out in spite of everything. She really is a rock icon.
(On stage, Joan Jett dedicated the concert to the memory of her mother who passed away two days before the show)
Source, by: Ami
Joan Jett, a sports fan, has remained actively involved in the sports world. Her cover of Love is All Around became an anthem in women’s sports and was used by the NCAA to promote the Women’s Final Four, as well as the song Unfinished Business which was never commercially released.
Love Is All Around went into radio play and became the number one requested song without an existing (support) CD. Jett supplied theme songs for the ESPN X-Games premiere and has contributed music to all their games since. At Cal Ripken Jr.’s request, she sang the national anthem, at the Baltimore Orioles game in which he tied Lou Gehrig‘s record for consecutive games played. The melody for her song I Hate Myself For Loving You is used as the theme music for NBC Sunday Night Football with re-worked lyrics and retitled “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night”.
The leader of Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, is finishing recording a solo album. And, he revealed in an interview for SF Weekly, the disc is full of special guests: Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Joan Jett.
Then he revealed that he had nearly finished his debut full solo album.
Observer-Reporter April 1, 1982Joan Jett is eating at a Japanese restaurant, answering interview questions, when his manager, Kenny Laguna comes to tell him that his single, I Love Rock n Roll was the number one in the singles chart in World Record. ”I’m totally stunned. I had not done it,” said Joan. She brings it to think about the times again during the interview, as a new present. At one point she says, “I am the number one country, I’m surprised. Me! You realize that I was almost like Stevie Wonder, Journey.” Later, in a tone of admiration, she says, to see his record number 1 in the country. Miss Jett and Laguna recalls that she received before Neil Bogart signed to Boardwalk and blotted out the I Love Rock n Roll LP by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. She says that somehow I got the last laugh. ”Epic Records told me due to their high standards, they were unable to sign with a person with a voice like mine. I was hurt”. Laguna says “Atlantic said it does not have the class to be on the label. People still tell us not to burn bridges, but never had any bridge, RCA, said the radio will not play this record. All I passed on his hit Love Rock n Roll, with her singing. was the first song on the tape that he sent around. Reviewer Tony Lucia, writing in Reading, Pa., said in a live performance, I have not heard a band like Chuck Berry style traditional 12-bar rock n roll with this spirit and religion in recent years. “ The Washington Post said it was his style of new wave and heavy metal. Another writer put between punk and pop. Miss Jett grew up in Rockville. The employer’s father’s insurance transferred it to Southern California in 1975. She had heard the early 1970s British music and began to go to Hollywood’s suburban home famiys to hear live music, wanting to go in busindess. ”My family is behind,” she says. ”I knew how they were worried. I was very determined. They told me to do what I wanted to do, and they hoped I was doing the right thing. Now my record is so much emotion and shock to them as for me . “ His brother works for a lumber company and his sister is at school. I think she wants to be a Model Miss Jett entered into a girl band, the tracks that Mercury, signed in 1977, putting out the first five albums. Kim Fowley is now credited or blamed for giving the group its image of tough Tigers teenage sex, the men below. His greatest moment of fame was in Japan “We had 2000 children when we entered the airport. I got my hair and torn clothes. We had people jumping on stage during the show, but this was the first time I knew what appeared to be a mini-Beatle. I think a girl band playing rock n roll sweat was truly revolutionary for them. In the U.S. the clues are not as popular. I think it was because of our image, “says Miss Jett. ”Nobody would take us seriously. In January 1979 we had a meeting. It was time to pack it inside. It was depressing. Not want it to end. We had a blast. We had been dropped by the label and we were bad in the press. ”
Joey Ramone’s death from lymphoma in April 2001, his mother, Charlotte Lesher, and younger brother, Mickey Leigh, were cleaning the Ramones singer’s New York apartment when Charlotte picked up an old pizza-delivery receipt. “She was about to throw it away,” Leigh recalls. “I turned it over, and there were song lyrics on the back.” Right to the end, Leigh says, “Joey was working on something in his head.”
posthumous solo debut, 2002′s Don’t Worry About Me, Joey will finally deliver a follow-up – called Ya Know? after the way Joey used to end every sentence in his Queens drawl. The new album features 17 songs recorded by Joey as demos for and after the Ramones, who broke up in 1992. The tracks – which include the anthem “Rock & Roll Is the Answer,” the hometown hymn “New York City” and a striking country-flavored ballad, “Waiting for That Railroad” – were completed by producers such as Ed Stasium and Jean Beauvoir, who both worked with the Ramones. JOAN JETT, the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, drummer Richie Ramone, and members of Cheap Trick and the Dictators are among the friends and fans who contributed new overdubs.
Ramone’s second posthumous album will be released on May 15, 2012. It will be preceded on Record Store Day by a 7″ single
Jeffrey Ross Hyman, the legendary Joey Ramone, and Joan Jett were great friends. Joan’s 2001 live DVD was the last appearance on video of the singer, who died on April 15, 2001. The live DVD Joan Jett & The Blackhearts came two months after the death of Joey
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