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Some of the most iconic women in rock history are to celebrated in a new photo exhibition.It’s called She-Bop-A-Lula (see what they did there?), and it opens at The Strand Gallery in London on Wednesday March 7 and runs until Sunday April 1. It will feature 60 photos of some of the most acclaimed female singers of the past six decades. These include: Debbie Harry,Chrissie Hynde ,Joan Jett, Janis Jopin,Suzi Quatro,Patti Smith.
The Exhibition is in support of Breakthrough, the UK’s leading breast cancer charity, which undertakes vital research into a disease that affects one in eight women. All the female photographers have donated their work for free, and 100% of sales will go to Breakthrough.
All prints will be available to purchase at £200, with signed prints by some of the singers on offer at an auction.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth is the fourth studio album by Joan Jett and the third to feature her backing band The Blackhearts. The album was released in 1984 and reissued in 1998 with seven bonus tracks. On Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth, Jett, backed by her Blackhearts, churned out more of the same, but with some of the most satisfying and strongest material of her career. The album is an engaging collection that ranges from a glam-inflected update of the Runaways‘ classic Cherry Bomb to the swagger of the Gary Glitter hit I Love You Love Me Love. Other songs include Jett’s versions of I Need Someone and New Orleans and standout originals like the rocking Frustrated, the full-tilt boogie of Long Time, and a ballad, Hold Me, that would sound mawkish coming from anyone else. Infectious choruses, crunchy melodies, and Jett’s growling vocals make this album an excuse to turn the stereo up just a bit more.
MCA had trouble pulling a successful single from the album. They released two music videos for the songs I Need Someone and I Love You Love Me Love (its title shortened to “I Love You Love”), but only I Love You Love was released in the 7-inch format (backed with a live version of Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby). In the UK, I Need Someone was released as a 12-inch single, but the vocal differed from the album version. Cherry Bomb was remixed and released as a promotional 12-inch single in the US on red vinyl, coupled with an instrumental titled Bombs Away. It is most notable, however, for the album sleeve, which featured Jett firing up a large plastic cherry with a Bic lighter. Hide & Seek and I Can’t Control Myself were produced by Thom Panunzio and Kenny Laguna. Both originally appeared on the Venezuelan release of the Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth album which was titled I Need Someone for that country. Bird Dog was produced by Kenny Laguna. It originally appeared as the b-side of the British 12″ single, I Need Someone.
Talkin’ Bout My Baby (live) was produced by John Aiosa and Kenny Laguna. It originally appeared as the b-side of I Love You Love Me Love and was recorded live at CBGB’s in New York City on October 11, 1984.
All tracks composed by Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd and Kenny Laguna; except where indicated.
1. Cherry Bomb (Jett, Kim Fowley)
2. I Love You Love Me Love (Gary Glitter, Mike Leander)
3. Frustrated (Jett, Laguna)
4. Hold Me
5. Long Time (Jett, Laguna)
6. Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby
7. I Need Someone (Peter Falciglia, Carlo Mastrangelo)
8. Love Like Mine (Jett, Laguna)
9. New Orleans (Joseph Royster, Frank Guida)
11. Push And Stomp
12. I Got No Answers (Jett, Laguna)
CD Bonus Tracks
13. Hide And Seek (David Walker)
14. I Can’t Control Myself (Reg Presley)
15. Bird Dog (Boudleaux Bryant)
16. Talkin’ Bout My Baby (Live)
17. Bombs Away (Jett, Kim Fowley)
18. Cherry Bomb (dance mix) (Jett, Kim Fowley)
19. I Need Someone (dance mix) (Peter Falciglia, Carlo Mastrangelo)
• Released: 1984
• Personnel: Joan Jett (vocals, guitar), Gary Ryan (bass, back vocals), Ricky Byrd (guitar), Lee Crystal (drums). The Uptown Horns: Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Crispin Cioe (baritone saxophone); Hollywoood Paul Litteral (trumpet); Robert Funk (trombone).
• Label: Blackheart/MCA
• Producer: Ritchie Cordell; Kenny Laguna; Jo Thom Panunzio; Jimmy Iovine; Kris Kimsey.
In the UK, I Need Someone was released as a 12-inch single, but the vocal differed from the album version. Cherry Bomb was remixed and released as a promotional 12-inch single in the US on red vinyl, coupled with an instrumental titled Bombs Away. It is most notable, however, for the album sleeve, which featured Jett firing up a large plastic cherry with a Bic lighter.
Hide & Seek and I Can’t Control Myself were produced by Thom Panunzio and Kenny Laguna. Both originally appeared on the Venezuelan release of the Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth album which was titled I Need Someone for that country.
The rock band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will provide the rock and the roar at this year’s Tecate Light Rock-N-Roar Concert, part of the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 13-15.
The concert will begin on the Convention Center outdoor stage April 14, following racing activities. Showtime should be around 6:30 p.m. Tecate Light will also present the Fiesta Friday concert featuring two popular Hispanic bands to be announced. Both concerts are free to race ticket holders.
Jett, leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts have released eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Do You Want to Touch,” and “Crimson and Clover.”
“I love Long Beach,” Jett said. “And I’m really looking forward to playing at the Grand Prix.”
Joan Jett may not be holding a slew of hits, but its importance in rock history is undeniable: it was the first rock and roll group formed entirely by women to be recognized globally, the Runaways. At 53, Joan is present in Brazil for the first time alongside his band, the Blackhearts, on April 7, at Lollapalooza in Sao Paulo (sold out).
“The society was definitely not prepared for an all-female band,” she reminisces about the time the Runaways emerged in the mid 70s. “We shocked people doing nothing. We did not need to do anything outrageous, we did not need to dress oddly, did not need to swear. Just come up with instruments and everyone was scared. “In 1976, when Joan’s first album released alongside the Runaways Sandy West (drums), Lita Ford (guitar), Jackie Fox (bass) and Cherie Currie (vocals), had very few female idols in whom mirror. Suzi Quatro was one of them, admired by Joan early in his career.
Time passed, the 90s saw the emergence of Riot Grrrl, an offshoot of punk essentially feminine, and bands like L7 achieved relative success on the radio. But still, there are some shortages in the emergence of female icons in rock music, overall. “Overall it has been very difficult for women,” agrees Joan. “There was not a bit easier in the last 30 years. Still there is the idea that women must be sexy, and women holding instruments are somewhat threatening. “
The story of the Runaways in 2010 was shown in the film The Runaways – Girls of Rock, starring Kristen Stewart in the role of Joan Jett (“She was extraordinary, it was great working with her,” says the artist, who served as executive producer of the film) and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. For Joan, the main merit of the film was to present the band to the next generation. “I think we showed a lot of girls who did not know. And I think that was one of the reasons why Kristen decided to make the movie,“he says.
Debut in Brazil
Joan Jett the Blackhearts will bring his group from the 80s, to Brazil for the first time. “I can not wait. I’m very excited because for years people tell me that we have an audience there.” The show must have all the hits, like” I Love Rock and Roll “(The age group that gained a Arrows version of Jett in 1982, more known as the original), plus some previously unreleased, including “Reality Mentality”, “Hard to Grow Up” and “TMI”. And there is the possibility of a surprise in the country: last year, the singer took the stage with the Foo Fighters, headlining the first night of Lollapalooza, to sing the hit “Bad Reputation”, something that can be repeated here. “We have not talked about it, but I’m totally in order. Depends on them, “Joan stirs.
Planning to release new music in 2012 (the last album, Sinner, is 2006), Joan Jett can not see out of the stage. “It’s hard to imagine myself retired. If I retired, probably disappeared, would live in the forest. Or I’ll play till you drop on the stage,” he says, laughing. “I’m not sure which one. And until I make that decision … I’m not there yet. I’m happy, I love traveling, love playing, love meeting people. I’m still enjoying myself. “
The artist Cliff Chiang watched The Runaways and then drew this amazing pic! Cliff Chang satisfies every hipster geek’s fantasies with this interpretation of some of our favourite women of DC Comics. Wonder Woman is JOAN JETT. Zatanna is Slash. Batgirl on drums in what appears to be Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley makeup or just Sandy West (Batgirl with facepaint in an homage to The Dark Knight Returns’ Sons of Batman). And Black Canary is Cherie Currie!
Inspired by a late-night viewing of The Runaways, and partly an exercise to see if I could make star-spangled pants and Wonder Woman go together. The idea started with Wonder Woman (I briefly entertained using an Ian Curtis Batman) but the idea of an all-girl rock band with Black Canary, Zatanna and Batgirl seemed too good to pass up.
It’s been nearly three decades since their blow-out, but former Runaways members Cherie Curie and Lita Ford have kiss and made up thanks to some help from another former bandmate, Joan Jett.
According to Spin, an emotional Curie took to her Facebook page to describe the reconciliation as “joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love,” and goes on with excitement about having chatted about their families but most intriguingly “doing together again what we had done so well as kids.”
Considering Jett made the Currie-Ford reconnection a reality, the idea that we may be looking at a reunion of The Runaways in the no-too-distant future isn’t that far-fetched. With the exception of drummer Sandy West, who died of lung cancer in 2006, all the original members are available for a reunion, and have never publicly stated that they would be against such an occurrence.
The band split in 1979 after inner turmoil surrounding the bands musical direction. However, Curie and Lita’s relationship became strained after an incident during photo session in the fall of 1977, which resulted in Curie leaving the band. Jett, who had previously shared vocals with Currie, took over lead vocals full time.
The fued between the two has been burning ever since the split, and even recently with the releaese of the biopic flim, The Runaways, Curie gave an interview and had this to say about Lita’s disapproval towards the film ‘Lita has no one to blame but herself. Joan asked her to be involved and had she done so it would have been a different film. But you can’t get blood from a stone and that’s what Lita is.’
Cherie Currie’s emotional Facebook post:
I’ve had this reoccurring dream. It started about 25 years ago and in this dream I was sitting with a woman I had spent my teenaged years with, been through a lot with. We would talk, just ‘be’ and the dreams were so full of happiness, anticipation and this need to tell her what she meant to me.., how proud I was of her and what we had done together. That I loved her.
I …had that very dream again three weeks ago only to awaken to the realization that again, it was only a dream.
Three days ago I spoke to someone that knew this woman as I did back then and who had recently spent time with her after so many years.. I told this mutual friend how I wished I could have that opportunity and how much it would mean to me. She offered to reach out on my behalf and pass along what I had waited so long to say.
The following day what felt like a miracle happened. I received an amazing email from this long lost friend I have dreamed of all these years and she was as happy to hear that I wanted to see her as I was that she would want to see me.
Tonight, that dream came true. It was joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love. Just the two of us, feeling like teenagers again but with the maturity that 30+ years can bring, what life, being mothers will bring.
We talked about our kids, our lives and our dream of doing together again what we had done so well as kids.
She is everything and more than I could have imagined and I get to see her (my friend) again tomorrow night, introduce her to my son, Jake and cheer her on.
I no longer have to dream. I am now living that dream.
I want to thank the mutual friend that brought us together, Joan Jett.
And the long lost sister I have waited 30+ years for? Lita Ford.
We smell reunion in the air.
Telluride, Colorado 1998.
Light of Day
Crimson and Clover
I Hate Myself For Loving You
Love is All Around (Mary Tyler Moore Theme)
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
Friend To Friend
I Love Rock n Roll
Real Wild child
Comment: this show is PERFECT! I have lost count of’ve watched as many times (
to the point of decorating the song List uu) is well worth watching. (Jess)