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JOAN JETT Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show
from: billboard.com

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When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the RUNAWAYS broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old JOAN JETT's solo career seriously.

To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is credited as one of the most influential female rockers of all time and is once again up for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

On Thursday night at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom, Jett was honored as Rocker of the Year at the annual Little Kids Rock charity benefit, which ended up raising $1.5 million to provide free music education (and instruments) to more than 135,000 low-income public school children.

Although it was a desire to give the gift of musical expression to disadvantaged kids that brought the crowd together, it was Jett's music that ruled the night (although the pre-teens who blazed through an impeccable cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" pre-show deserve special mention).

Jett's mentors, peers and followers were in attendance at the event to cover her songs and pay homage to her career. Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Kathleen Hanna & Ad-Rock, Darlene Love, Social Distortion's Mike Ness, Tommy James, Steven van Zandt (one of the organization's key supporters) and others performed her songs.

"The people who came out tonight were unbelievable," Jett tells Billboard, saying it was "surreal" to see artists she grew up loving singing her songs. "I can't even take it in yet, but in the middle of the night, I'll be freaking out. It was so beautiful."

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Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong Rock With JOAN JETT at Little Kids Rock Benefit
from: nbcbayarea.com

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Alice Cooper, JOAN JETT, Billie Joe Armstrong, Steven Van Zandt, and Cheap Trick were just a few of the legendary musicians who took the stage at the 6th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit honoring punk icon JOAN JETT as "Rocker of the Year" and E Street Band member, Jake Clemons as "Big Man of the Year."

As fashion designer Betsey Johnson said, it was "everything rock and roll for the kids," at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Thursday October 23.

The event raised money for Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that aims to establish lasting music programs in public schools across the nation by training school teachers, donating instruments, and providing necessary course resources for students. The funds raised could buy everything needed to set up a "School of Rock"-style band, Teddy Reiser, Curriculum Design Specialist said before the show, referencing the music-focused comedy starring Jack Black.

Latest Celeb Pics: Ariana Grande and More[NATL-2014] Top Entertainment Photos "I'm just so excited to see all the instruments the kids are going to get, and seeing everybody so dedicated to the cause. People who are in this room tonight are really just people who care about the children," Reiser added.

Some of the students from the Little Kids Rock program gave free music lessons to guests, including 14-year-old Marcos Vasquez from Franklin L. Williams Middle School in Jersey City, New Jersey, who has been playing guitar for three years.

"Since Little Kids Rock, I've been getting better and better," said Vasquez, who took the stage for multiple performances later in the evening.

The benefit also featured a live and silent auction which included unique donated items, such as various autographed guitars, a dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, Royal Caribbean cruises, limited edition Citizen watches, and a chance to play onstage with all the evening's performers at the end of the show.

The 2014 Rocker of the Year, JOAN JETT, performed duets with Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Alice Cooper.

The rock n' roll filled event ended with all the artists performing alongside Little Kids Rock students to "I Love Rock N' Roll" in honor of Jett.



JOAN JETT remembers her days as a 'sh-head punk' at Hammerstein Ballroom
from: music-mix.ew.com

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When JOAN JETT started out playing grimy L.A. clubs with the RUNAWAYS in 1975, she probably never imagined she'd play to a crowd like the one that convened Thursday night at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. Fans paid as much as $10,000 each to gain entry to the 6th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, which featured tributes to the femme-rock legend by artists including Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

Jett was there as well, to perform with many of the artists and accept the organization's Rocker of the Year award. Little Kids Rock, which brings free musical instruments to low-income public school students throughout the country, raised about $1.5 million by the end of the night.

That money went toward a good cause and also let attendees sit in on a night of classic and unusual performances, curated by Jett and Steven Van Zandtâ€"a member of the E Street Band and Little Kids Rock beneficiary. With support from the BLACKHEARTS, Jett's own backing band, all the guest musicians provided their interpretations of the icon's tunes.

Cheap Trick kicked off the show with a scorching rendition of "I Hate Myself for Loving You," and then handed off the stage to a series of less-distinctive performers including Gary U.S. Bonds, Brody Dalle, and Darlene Love. Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna dueted with husband and Beastie Boy Ad-Rock on "Fake Friends"; their version was lackluster, but perfectly exhibited the night's theme of "Joan as mentor and rock ‘n' roll elder."



Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper Headline JOAN JETT Tribute for Little Kids Rock
from: wzlx.cbslocal.com

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"Tommy James wrote one of my biggest hits," JOAN JETT said of the man who topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1969 with "Crimson and Clover." She was speaking last night (October 23) from the stage of New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, at the 6th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit. About a half an hour earlier, James and Jett had performed the song together for the first time ever.

"I was so nervous during rehearsal, I forgot the words!" Jett exclaimed. Happily, their duo performance turned out perfectly, with James starting the song on his own, backed by the house band (made up of members of Jett's longtime backing band, the BLACKHEARTS). One verse into the song, Jett joined him and the crowd roared.

It was all part of an event that served as a tribute concert to Jett, with artists from several generations and genres performing some of her most well-known songs (and a few rarities as well).

The show raised nearly a million and a half dollars for Little Kids Rock, an organization that helps to keep music programs in disadvantaged schools. Before the Jett tribute began, the organization held an auction that raised quite a bit of cash from the many high rollers in the audience â€" a dinner with the show's producers, Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, for example, went for $60,000, while the opportunity to perform on stage ("any instrument you want!") for the encore last night went for $20,000. The audience might have been, as John Lennon once said, the kind who rattle their jewelry to show their approval. Although in fact, most of them were on their feet throughout the night, whether bidding for some pretty awesome items (other treasures included a guitar autographed by all the members of Metallica, another one bore Slash‘s John Hancock), or to sing along with Jett classics.

Jake Clemons, a singer/songwriter who is well known as the nephew of Clarence Clemons and is part of the E Street Band's horn section, was this year's recipient of the "Big Man of the Year" award, which was named after his late uncle, and per LKR's website, "...is presented to a musician who embodies the values of generosity and service that reflect Clarence's legacy and our organization's ideals" (Clarence was an early supporter of LKR). Recent recipients include Darlene Love in 2013 and Steven Van Zandt in 2012.

The 2012 and 2013 events served as ad hoc tribute concerts to the honoree, but as Jake's discography only includes a handful of songs, the decision was made to create the "Rocker of the Year" award, with Jett certainly being a deserving recipient. But before the Jett-fest kicked off, Clemons performed two songs with some of the kids who have benefitted from the organization: First, he donned an acoustic guitar and sang "You're A Friend Of Mine," his uncle's biggest solo hit, and then grabbed his sax to back up two young girls for an original song that they wrote.



Little Kids Rock Benefit NYC 2014: JOAN JETT, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Billie Joe Armstrong And More Raise Money For Music Education
from: musictimes.com

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Little Kids Rock put on its sixth annual benefit concert last night (Oct. 24) at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The show raised around $1.5 million for the organization, which helps keep music programs alive in disadvantaged schools. The evening paid tribute to JOAN JETT, the recipient of their Rocker of the Year Award.

Prior to the Jett tribute, the organization held an auction with items such as a dinner with the show's producers Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, which went for $60,000, an opportunity to perform on stage for the encore, which went for $20,000, one-of-a-kind artwork, autographed guitars and more. Students from the organization provided free music lessons to attendees before the show started as well.

The music began with the a cappella children's group Sharkapella singing pop songs from the balcony. Later in the evening, other students performed both cover songs and original pieces on the main stage.

Little Kids Rock founder David Wish then said a few words and introduced some guests of honor.

Jake Clemons, the nephew of Clarence Clemons and a member of the E Street Band's horn section, was this year's recipient of the Big Man of the Year award, which was named after his late uncle who was an early supporter of the organization. Prior to the Jett tribute, Clemons performed two songs with some kids who have benefited from the organization. First he played an acoustic guitar and sang his uncle's biggest solo hit "You're A Friend of Mine" then he played sax to back up two young girls on a song they wrote called "Valentines Song."

Soon after Clemons' performance, Cheap Trick took the stage to perform "I Hate Myself For Loving You." Later in the evening, Jett explained that she used to wear a Cheap Trick T-shirt back when she was in the RUNAWAYS.

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Punk Icon JOAN JETT Savors Rockin' Role-Model Gig
from: abcnews.go.com

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"Can't stay at home, can't stay at school! Old folks say: 'Ya poor little fool!'" Punk pioneer JOAN JETT doesn't give a spit if you lump her in with old folks. The "wild girl" in the incendiary anthem "Cherry Bomb" embraces aging while raging â€" and, at 56, relishes her gig as a rockin' role model.

On Thursday night, the snarlingly sensuous singer-guitarist, flanked by famous friends and fresh-faced acolytes, provided the three-chord thrash as she was named Rocker of the Year at the jubilant Little Kids Rock educational fundraiser. Alice Cooper presented the award. Other performers included Billie Joe Armstrong and Tommy James, who sang "Crimson and Clover" with Jett.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominee, who co-founded the seminal group the RUNAWAYS at age 16, spent decades fending off music industry males who snubbed and humiliated female rockers. While the glass ceiling is still not entirely shattered, "there are girls playing rock 'n' roll in every city I go to," Jett said in an interview with The Associated Press.

These days, Jett's ferocious philosophy is tempered: count your blessings; welcome challenges; find your passion; honor your parents; "be kind but don't take any crap."

"Aspects of me are very confident. I'm also very shy," confesses the woman who struts around the stage with flaring nostrils and arched brow, tenderized by a wink or wry smile.

Post 1980s inflation and technology have recalculated "I Love Rock and Roll's" route to the dance floor ("so put another dime in the jukebox, baby"). But Jett's take-no-prisoners pathos roars on in Generation L.K.R.

"She is the queen of rock; I've been listening to her all my life," singer-songwriter Tsi Shaffer, 17, of Jersey City, New Jersey, said before performing. "She's iconic because she's such a strong woman."

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs live with JOAN JETT
from: nme.com



JOAN JETT was honoured on the night with an award for 'Rocker of the Year', later taking to the stage with Armstrong to perform 'Don't Abuse Me' from her 1980 album 'Bad Reputation'. Watch footage of that beneath.

The event â€" which raised money for music education and music-related schemes in America's public schools â€" also saw live performances from Alice Cooper, Brody Dalle, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna teaming up with Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock, and more.

Green Day released their latest album '¡Tré!' in 2012, with the compilation 'Demolicious' coming earlier this year. 2014 also saw the 20-year anniversary of their classic record 'Dookie', read NME's feature on '10 Albums That Wouldn't Exist Without ‘Dookie’'. Last year, the band said they'd be "taking a break" following their Australian tour. "We're going to take a break. We haven't really been doing much. So it's just nice to kind of do some other things, y'know, when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged," Armstrong said at the time.



Hot Topic Presents: JOAN JETT x TRIPP NYC
from: hottopic




JOAN JETT Introduces Fashion Line at Hot Topic
from: vintagevinylnews.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT, the retailer Hot Topic and TRIPP NYC designer Daang Goodman have collaborated on a new clothing line that will be exclusive to the Hot Topic stores. The new designs, in stores November 4, fuses Jett's look and attitude with the downtown New York City street style practically invented by TRIPP NYC and popular with Hot Topic customers.

Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic, said "Early on in our history, Hot Topic became known as a destination for alternative rocker fashion. So, for our 25th anniversary, we wanted to create a collection to celebrate that, and our love for rock music. We thought JOAN JETT and our longtime partner TRIPP NYC were perfect to help make a great collection happen."

Jett added "Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit. I'm blown away by how the collection turned out -- these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Goodman's TRIPP NYC has for decades been a go-to brand for musicians, and over the years has designed rock fashion pieces -- zippered pants, moto jackets, dresses and more -- that have become a part of the signature Hot Topic look. For this collection, Goodman drew inspiration from Jett's style, music, lyrics and attitude to design eight "rock fashion basics" -- the key pieces to a rocker's wardrobe. "When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I'd known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her," Goodman said. "I've been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!"



JOAN JETT is our favorite new rock-star-slash-designer punk fashion, from the queen herself.
from: nylon.com

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We're convinced that there's no one who loves, or understands, rock 'n roll better than JOAN JETT. After all, she founded one of the most influential all-female bands, The RUNAWAYS, when she was 15; went on to record with Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook when she was 19; started BLACKHEART RECORDS with KENNY LAGUNA at the age of 22, making her the first female to own and operate a record label; and formed JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS soon after. Oh, and her version of Arrows' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" is Number 57 on Billboard's All-Time Top 100 Songs. So yeah, even if you disregard her eight platinum and nine gold records and nine Top 40 singles, she would still be the unofficial queen of punk rock.

So after decades of rocking red leather jumpsuits, black vests, band tees, and some seriously awesome eyeliner, it only makes sense that Jett would create her own clothing line. So for Hot Topic's 25th anniversary, the "loudest store in the mall" teamed up with Jett and Tripp NYC designer Daang Goodman to create a line of eight "rock fashion basics" inspired by Jett's style, music, and, of course, attitude.

"For me, I've taken a look at my style and kind of interpreting that into where we start small and see if people like it," says Jett. "We've got a black skinny jean with pleather insets and zippers, a couple of motorcycle jackets with laceup sleevesâ€"one in black, one in redâ€"a black pleather fitted jacket with zippers. You know, that kind of stuff. I have an asymmetrical lace up tank top with pleather laceup details and a really cool black and red destructed heart sweater, for two layers. And actually, I wear all that stuff, too."

The collection retails for under $65 and will be available at Hot Topic November 4.



JOAN JETT is Launching Her Own Line at Hot Topic
from: flavorwire.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT, who became punk rock royalty with her song "I Love Rock & Roll," is, as former punk icons are wont to do, launching her own clothing line for Hot Topic. Jett became a style icon for thousands of young rebellious women from the 1980's on, so it makes sense that decades later, said rebellion would become branded with a clothing collection geared towards "rebellious" youngsters in suburban shopping malls (no shame, I too was one such youngster).

Jett teamed up with Hot Topic and Tripp NYC designer Daang Goodman to design the collection in time for the store's 25th anniversary. Says Jett,

"For me, I've taken a look at my style and kind of interpreting that into where we start small and see if people like it," says Jett. "We've got a black skinny jean with pleather insets and zippers, a couple of motorcycle jackets with laceup sleevesâ€"one in black, one in redâ€"a black pleather fitted jacket with zippers. You know, that kind of stuff. I have an asymmetrical lace up tank top with pleather laceup details and a really cool black and red destructed heart sweater, for two layers. And actually, I wear all that stuff, too." The line will appear in Hot Topic stores November 4.



JOAN JETT loves rock 'n' roll â€" and fashion, too
from: desertsun.com

Rock icon JOAN JETT is collaborating with Daang Goodman, founder of punk clothing retailer Tripp NYC, on line that will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic.

It's unclear when the line will hit racks or what it will consist of, but considering the aesthetic of both Tripp NYC and Hot Topic, expect grunge and glam fit for a rock legend.

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Perform At The Joint At The Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
from: tulsaworld.com

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS perform at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Oct. 18, 2014. Photo by TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World

DON'T FORGET TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR JOAN JETT:
Cast your vote for the nominees you believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a fans' ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Their biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (Number One in 1982) is a rock classic -- as pure and simple a statement about the music's power as Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." The honesty and power of their records make you believe that rock and roll can change the world. As Jett once described rock and roll: "It's a feeling thing, it's emotion. You don't think about it. If you start thinking rock 'n' roll, you're fucked. That's when you're homogenized. That's when it's boring. And that's when it's bullshit." From her days as a founding member of the all-female RUNAWAYS, Jett has made loud, hook-laden records that convey toughness and joy. Sporting black leather and a shag to create a sexy and androgynous look, Jett took over a role formerly reserved for male rockers. She formed the BLACKHEARTS in 1982, and their classic four-piece sound muscled past the synthesizers that dominated the 80s and carried the flag for rock and roll. Three of their albums -- I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Album and Up Your Alley -- reached the Top 20, behind songs written by Jett and manager KENNY LAGUNA. By covering songs from all corners of the rock catalogue -- from Gary Glitter to Tommy James to Sly and the Family Stone -- the band effortlessly broke down barriers between genres and eras. In the 90s, Jett's no-nonsense attitude and vocal style was a major influence on the riot grrrl movement, and she went on to produce Bikini Kill and record with L7. She continues to be an inspiration for young female rockers.

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Is Punk Dead? We Asked JOAN JETT
from: mtv.com

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She is our hero.

Next time someone shows you a photo of a celebrity wearing a Black Flag shirt or a studded dog collar from Hot Topic and declares punk to be "dead," just whip out MTV News' brand-new interview with JOAN JETT. This will silence 'em faster than a particularly rowdy crowd-surfer's boot to the head.

MTV News caught up with the iconic musician -- best known for classics like "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Bad Reputation" -- at a red carpet event for The Foo Fighters' new HBO documentary series, "Sonic Highways," which premieres this week ahead of their record by the same name. In the series, Dave Grohl and Co. travel around the country, telling the stories behind eight cities' music scenes and interviewing and collaborating with musicians like Jett.

Related: Rock 'N' Roll Is Not Dead -- Here's Living Proof

I got a peek at the first two episodes of the series, which feature a ton of info about the birth and proliferation of punk in America, so when I came face-to-face with the legend herself, I decided to ask Jett what she thinks of the state of the genre today.

I won't spoil anything here. Just watch her answer over and over again. I'll give you a minute -- or 60.



Little Kids Rock to Honor JOAN JETT at Annual Benefit
from: mmrmagazine.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Little Kids Rock will host its sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, honoring JOAN JETT and her music. The annual event, this year presented by Guitar Center and produced by Steven and Maureen Van Zandt, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 at New York's iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, a longstanding supporter of Little Kids Rock and a 2014 event sponsor. Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle, Mike Ness, Jake Clemons, and other special guests will make up the all-star roster of musicians that will pay tribute to Jett with musical performances, produced by Steven Van Zandt.

Little Kids Rock will honor the hardest-rocking Blackheart, JOAN JETT, as the "Rocker of the Year" for the impact that her career, influence, and music have had on the charity's ‘Modern Band' music program, which equips public school music teachers with the instruments, training, and curricular resources they need to teach popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk. More than 300,000 kids have benefited to date. Annually, this event raises enough funds to bring music education and instruments into the lives of tens of thousands of additional public school children who otherwise would not have access due to school budget cuts.

Jett joins past honorees such as Lady Gaga, Steven Van Zandt, Darlene Love and Clarence Clemons, and performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Tom Morello, Dion and many others devoted to giving public school children access to music education amidst budget cuts. The biggest stars of the evening will be the Little Kids Rock students who will share the stage with some of rock and roll's biggest names.

"JOAN JETT's music and ability to continually do things in her own way have inspired so many fans, fellow musicians, and kids across the world," says David Wish, Little Kids Rock's founder and CEO. "We love rock and roll and we love Joan!"

Guitar Center CEO, Mike Pratt will also be honored during the evening, which will include musical performances, speeches and appearances by special guests to be announced. The annual Big Man of the Year Award, in honor of early Little Kids Rock supporter and E Street Band member Clarence Clemons, will also be presented during evening, but that honoree is yet to be announced.

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Driver Divas
from: usmagazine.com

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Olympia Dukakis, Maria Bello, and JOAN JETT posed together on the red carpet at the New York premiere of Big Driver on Oct. 15.



JOAN JETT releasing 'flexi-cover' book, 7" record
from: hmodern-vinyl.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable For Black Friday 2014, JOAN JETT will release a "flexi-cover" book and 7" record. The description, listed below, comes courtesy of Young Angry and Poor, with the 7" tracklisting at the end:

The flexi-cover JOAN JETT book, designed by Todd Oldham, chronicles all aspects of Joan's career and passions through images â€" from forming The RUNAWAYS to her years with her band, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. This package features many never-before-seen photos, ephemera, and excerpts from thirty years worth of interviews all carefully curated with Joan herself. Includes exclusive live 7" vinyl of "Bad Reputation" with Pat Smear, "You Don't Know What You've Got", "TMI", and "Cherry Bomb".

Still trying to decipher the details of this one (flexi-disc cover?) but it seems like a good grab for fans of the punk legend.



(Official) Big Driver Sneak Peek
from: Lifetime

Watch the sneak peek from the Lifetime original movie Big Driver, from a story by Stephen King, starring Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, JOAN JETT, Ann Dowd, and Will Harris. Premieres Saturday October 18 at 8/7c on Lifetime.



Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Cheap Trick Added to JOAN JETT Tribute Concert
from: kroq.cbslocal.com

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The event, which will pay tribute to JOAN JETT, recently announced that Cheap Trick, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Kathleen Hanna featuring Ad-Rock as additions to their list of performers (Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Glen Hansard were already on the bill).

Besides Jett, Jake Clemons will also be honored at the event. Clemons, nephew of the late E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons, is a singer/songwriter who is also now part of E Street's horn section.

Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horovitz, has not performed often in the years since his bandmate Adam Yauch's passing in 2012, ending the career of their group, Beastie Boys.

Little Kids Rock is an organization dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Per their press release announcing the event, the gala "will honor JOAN JETT as the 'Rocker of the Year' for the impact that her career, influence, and music have had on the charity's 'Modern Band' music program, which equips public school music teachers with the instruments, training, and curricular resources they need to teach popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk."



Ovation's Hit Original Series "Song by Song" Continues with the Premiere of "Song by Song: Blondie" Tuesday, November 11
from: thefutoncritic.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The documentary music series will focus on the iconic band, currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Exclusive Interviews with Blondie's Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke Plus Iggy Pop, JOAN JETT, Los Rakas, Betty Who, Miss Guy and Others.

SANTA MONICA, CA - October 14, 2014 - Ovation, America's only arts network, continues its new season of the hit original series Song By Song with the premiere of Song by Song: Blondie on Tuesday, November 11th at 10PM ET. The documentary music series will focus on the iconic band, currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Throughout the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true global treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date.

In the series, four of Blondie's biggest chart-topping hits will be highlighted, and episodes will include in-depth and behind-the-scenes insights from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie, as well as interviews with fellow music icons Iggy Pop and JOAN JETT and NYC downtown legend Miss Guy. Viewers will also hear from hot new music acts like Betty Who and Los Rakas who have been influenced by Blondie's trend-setting style and cutting-edge sound.

Here is the lineup for each half-hour episode of Song by Song: Blondie:
"One Way Or Another" - Premiering November 11th at 10PM ET. The anthem ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

"Heart of Glass" - Premiering November 18th at 10PM ET. Blondie's hit single from the 1978 album "Parallel Lines," which sold over 20 million copies.

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JOAN JETT to be honored by nonprofit org Little Kids Rock in NYC Oct. 23
from: littlekidsrock.org

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Mark your calendar, because national nonprofit Little Kids Rock is honoring JOAN JETT this October in an effort to build a world where all kids can live rich, purposeful lives through music education. Little Kids Rock's 6th Annual Benefit in NYC will be held on Thursday, October 23. Presented by Guitar Center, the event will honor iconic rock star JOAN JETT and raise funds to bring the transformational gift of music education to children in under-served schools across the country. Seats are limited!!

This year's benefit will be hosted by the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, and will include other special guests like corporate honoree and Guitar Center CEO Mike Pratt, live musical performances produced by Steven Van Zandt, a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and special performances by local Little Kids Rock students.

Thank you for considering to support our kids' right to rock, and we look forward to rockin' with you in October!

Yours in Music,
Little Kids Rock



JOAN JETT Is Working on a Fashion Collab for Hot Topic
from: racked.com

Rock legend JOAN JETT is partnering up with Daang Goodman, the founder of the punk clothing store Tripp NYC, for a fashion collaboration that will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. So far there's no launch date and details are sparse, but judging by Tripp NYC's aesthetic, the Hot Topic line should be grunge-y and glam enough for Jett to wear on stage. Fortunately, it's all just in time for the fashion comeback of the rock mullet.



The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Fan Vote
from: Rockhall.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Cast your vote for the nominees you believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a fans' ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Their biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (Number One in 1982) is a rock classic -- as pure and simple a statement about the music's power as Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." The honesty and power of their records make you believe that rock and roll can change the world. As Jett once described rock and roll: "It's a feeling thing, it's emotion. You don't think about it. If you start thinking rock 'n' roll, you're fucked. That's when you're homogenized. That's when it's boring. And that's when it's bullshit." From her days as a founding member of the all-female RUNAWAYS, Jett has made loud, hook-laden records that convey toughness and joy. Sporting black leather and a shag to create a sexy and androgynous look, Jett took over a role formerly reserved for male rockers. She formed the BLACKHEARTS in 1982, and their classic four-piece sound muscled past the synthesizers that dominated the 80s and carried the flag for rock and roll. Three of their albums -- I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Album and Up Your Alley -- reached the Top 20, behind songs written by Jett and manager KENNY LAGUNA. By covering songs from all corners of the rock catalogue -- from Gary Glitter to Tommy James to Sly and the Family Stone -- the band effortlessly broke down barriers between genres and eras. In the 90s, Jett's no-nonsense attitude and vocal style was a major influence on the riot grrrl movement, and she went on to produce Bikini Kill and record with L7. She continues to be an inspiration for young female rockers.

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Handicapping the Rock Hall of Fame: Lou Reed’s year? Or Chic’s? Or JOAN JETT’s?
from: seattletimes.com

The list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is out â€" Lou Reed, Sting, Chic, JOAN JETT, Kraftwerk and Green Day are on the list.

Break out your pitchforks and/or band T-shirts, music lovers: The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees list was released Thursday. Let the debate begin.

The class of 2015 will be announced in mid-December, and the induction ceremony will take place on April 18 in Cleveland at Public Hall (no ticket sale date has been set).

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JOAN JETT on Dave Grohl, new album and 'Cherry Bomb'
from: app.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT is a survivor.

The veteran rock 'n' roll icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 nominee, who first burst onto the scene as a member of '70s teen rock outfit the RUNAWAYS before skyrocketing to solo success in the '80s, released her 10th studio LP, the hard-rocking "Unvarnished," with her longtime backing band the BLACKHEARTS on her label BLACKHEART RECORDS late last year.

Featuring collaborations with the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, "Unvarnished" is anchored by the gritty but triumphant rocker "Make it Back," an anthem of recovery following 2012's superstorm Sandy.

Jett, a resident of Long Beach in New York's Nassau County, experienced Sandy's wrath firsthand.

"It was really scary, and Long Beach was devastated along with the towns all around us, and I'm sure all up and down the shore of New Jersey as we saw on the news," Jett recalled.


However, Jett said she was in turn inspired by the recovery efforts of working-class people in her community.

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Help JOAN JETT "get out the vote" for midterm elections!
from: hellogiggles.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Hello Gigglers! Did you know that in 2013, there were more laws passed to limit women's reproductive rights than in the entire previous decade? Yup. How many for men? Zero! In fact, in the entire history of the U.S. there have been NO bills regulating men's bodies. Plain and simple: if it ain't your body, it ain't your decision. I can't think of a case where this isn't the truth for women or men.

In addition, many of these laws and sentiments have been framed as women having outrageous, uncontrollable libidos. At its most extreme, the message seems to be: If we want birth control covered by health insurance, it's because we are easy. If we are raped, we must have been drunk, or wearing something inappropriate. If we need an abortion, we should have thought of the consequences beforehand. This attitude springs from the idea that women may not have sex unless it results in a baby. Yet, it's becoming increasingly difficult in the U.S. to raise that baby if you aren't wealthy, privileged and white.

These messages are all so hard to combat because they're deeply ingrained in our culture. We have millennia of socialization to push back against. As a mother, I beat myself up for blindly slipping into stereotypical parenting roles with my husband, but I try to remind myself this is the ingrained, widely-held belief system of thousands of years. It runs a lot deeper than my and my husband's arguments over who changed the last diaper.

Here's what you need to know: The bulk of these anti-women, anti-equality laws are being passed on the state level. This is why the midterms are so important.

This year, the midterm elections are just as important as the Presidential elections. Democratic control of the Senate hangs on OUR VOTES. Ten million more women than men voted in the last election. Women have decided literally every election in our lifetimes, yet, midterm turnout is historically low. LET'S CHANGE THAT!

Many of us may have access to good health care, but our experience being a womanâ€" and our rightsâ€"shouldn't depend on our zip code. Our sisters in Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, and so many other states don't have what we have. The most regressive, anti­-woman, anti­-equality laws are being passed on the state level. This is why the midterms are so important.

A few more facts to know, if you don't:
29 states in America currently allow a rapist to sue a women for custody and/or visitation of the child birthed from that rape.
87 percent of all U.S. Counties have no abortion provider.
35 percent of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45.
In 35 percent states, Medicaid recipients do not have abortion coverage.
In 13 states a pharmacist can legally refuse to disperse birth control, even if you have a prescription.
26 states have waiting periods for abortion; only 11 have waiting periods for guns.
17 states the government forces women to go to counseling before she can have an abortion.
In 32 states, terminally ill women are forced to carry a pregnancy to term, regardless of her wishes or her living will.
50-plus abortion clinics were shut down from 2010­-2013. (For a state-by-state list of anti­-women laws go to the nifty state-by-state map at ladypartsjustice.com)

So what can we do about all this? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. In 2012, artist Maximilla Lucas and I spearheaded a Get Out The Vote effort that had us and our community of women singing "You Don't Own Me." This time, working with the Department of Peace, and with the help and blessing of the incredibly badass JOAN JETT, we are asking you to record and submit a video of yourself lip­-syncing, dancing and getting loud to "Bad Reputation."

Here's what Joan herself has to say about it the campaign:
"If you want to vote for people with backward views on women's rights this November, I'm asking you to stay home. But if you care about our right to control our own bodies and our own paychecks, then get yourself to the polls and vote on November 4. And bring your friends."

It is very easy to participate.

All you need to do is one of these things:
1. Film yourself lip-­synching to the song on either your laptop or your iPhone or similar device and send us the file to: thedeptofpeace@gmail.com.

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Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, JOAN JETT, Stevie Ray Vaughan, N.W.A. top nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015
from: cleveland.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland-born Nine Inch Nails tops a list of 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 that also features first-time-eligible Green Day and much-loved JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

Also on the ballot announced by the Rock Hall Thursday morning are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, N.W.A., Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

It's fitting that Trent Reznor's futuristic industrial rock band made the ballot in its first year of eligibility, in a year when the ceremonies will be held in Public Hall in the city that gave rise to the band.

In years past, there were some bands and artists among the nominees who were considered "no-brainers.'' Nirvana and KISS in the Class of 2014 are examples. NIN, Green Day and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS fill that role in the Class of 2015.

To be eligible for the Rock Hall, artists or bands must have released their first single or album 25 years ago, meaning that potential members of the Class of 2015 had to have released a recording of some sort in 1989 or earlier.

"We are pleased to present this group of nominees, as they represent the myriad places where rock and roll converges with blues, electronic, dance, Motown, R&B, funk and other genres,'' said Joel Peresman, president and chief executive officer of the New York-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in a release from the Rock Hall.

"Rock and roll incorporates the styles of so many different kinds of music, and that's what makes this group of nominees -- and this art form -- so powerful and unique,'' Peresman said in the release.

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JOAN JETT, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Green Day Lead 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
from: wzlx.cbslocal.com

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced the artists on the ballot for their 2015 induction ceremony, set to take place next year in Cleveland. Among the legendary artists nominated: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Sting, Lou Reed, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Marvelettes and War. This year's rookies to the ballot include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and the Smiths. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; in other words, the 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.

The full list of nominees includes: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Green Day, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, hip-hop legends N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

Lou Reed and Sting are both already Hall of Famers as part of their legendary bands; Reed with the Velvet Underground, and Sting with the Police. If inducted, they'd join Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Curtis Mayfield and Jimmy Page as other two-time inductees. (Only Eric Clapton has been inducted more than twice: he's been voted in as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist).



JOAN JETT spearheads 'get out the vote' campaign
from: examiner.com




low resolution image Not Enlargeable Two years ago, rock 'n' roll cabaret act Citizen Band's cofounder Sarah Sophie Flicker and award-winning filmmaker/artist Maximilla Lukacs enlisted hip young celebrity friends like Lena Dunham, Alexa Chung and Tennessee Thomas to lip-synch to Lesley Gore's original vocal track to her classic 1964 anthem "You Don't Own Me" in a vote-promoting online public service announcement that quickly went viral and generated tons of blog reports and exposure on mainstream media sites.

Now, as the Department of Peace (DOP), they've joined forces with another female rock icon, JOAN JETT.

"It's video time again! Join us in making something badass and impactful to help inspire people to get out and vote at the midterms in November," proclaims the DOP Facebook page.

"THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!" Lukacs says on her page. "There is a war being waged on women's rights and we need to fight back with everything we've got."

As noted on the department's website, 31 states in America allow a rapist to sue a women for custody and/or visitation of the child birthed from that rape; 35 percent of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45, and in 13 states a pharmacist can legally refuse to disperse birth control, even if theyhave a prescription. More laws were passed to limit women's reproductive rights last year than in the entire previous decade.

"Arm yourself with the facts!" DOP urges.

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FOO FIGHTERS PREVIEW TWO TRACKS FROM SONIC HIGHWAYS, PLUS GUESTS
from: gigwise.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Foo Fighters have announced the special guests who will appear on their forthcoming documentary Sonic Highways as well as teasing two new tracks from the album.

Dolly Parton, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Willie Nelson, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys' Mike D, JOAN JETT, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson, Gary Clark Jr and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (from New Orleans) are all set to make an appearance.

It is unconfirmed how many of the above will also feature on the album (although frankly we're still holding out for a Dolly'n'Dave duet). The trailer was unveiled in the US via HBO Go.

Consequence Of Sound reports that 'Something From Nothing' a "a toned-down jam that seems to cut away right before a big breakout" featuring Grohl rhyming "city on fire" with "the arsonist choir". The other new track, a "high-powered rocker" called 'Feast and Famine' sees "Grohl screaming out the song’s title after a hearty 'Amen!'"

Dave Grohl has described the show and album as "a love letter to the history of American music." The Sonic Highways documentary marks the band's journey across eight US cities to record eight tracks for their eighth album.

The series will start on BBC Four on Sunday 26 October. Four of the episodes will be broadast on BBC Four with a further two available on BBC iPlayer.

Watch the trailer for Sonic Highways below.



Foo Fighters' new album Sonic Highways will be released on 10 November.



JOAN JETT 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival NY
from: YouTube.com




PLAY ON STAGE WITH JOAN JETT, ALICE COOPER, CHEAP TRICK, BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG & OTHERS AT THE LITTLE KIDS ROCK BENEFIT ON OCTOBER 23 IN NYC
from: charitybuzz.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Play on stage with some of rock's biggest stars! JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Kathleen Hanna with Ad-Rock, Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Mike Ness, Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle, Jake Clemons and other special guests will come together on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at NYC's iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center to raise funds to support non-profit organization Little Kids Rock's mission to revitalize music education programs in public schools nationwide.

You have an opportunity to join all of the stars mentioned above onstage for the benefit finale. You will also attend the Little Kids Rock Benefit on October 23, 2014, which includes a cocktail hour, open bar, 3-course meal, live and silent auction, and you will be seated to watch a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of rock and roll royalty put on a rockin' concert!

Click here to bid today!



A riveting set from JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS closes out Gretna Fest 2014
from: axs.com



In early September, Cee-Lo Green was dropped from the Gretna Heritage Festival bill, where he was scheduled as the closing headliner of the event, located on the greater New Orleans' Westbank. Festival organizers announced that JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS would replace the rapper, a move that was lauded by some but mostly greeted with enthusiasm, since most of the acts at Gretna Fest 2014 were straight-up rock.

The official Gretna Fest statement regarding the lineup change was that Green's recent behavior did not reflect the festival's values and family-friendly atmosphere. But Jett, the Queen of Rock and a true punk at heart, didn't censor herself as she opened up her Oct. 5 set with three tunes that aren't exactly for the all-ages crowd: "Bad Reputation," "Cherry Bomb" and "Do You Wanna Touch." The latter resulted in a massive crowd sing-along of the hook, "Yeah, Oh Yeah" as Jett moved her arms up and down like an orchestra conductor.

It was a gorgeous night in New Orleans, with a gentle breeze wafting over the crowd throughout the lively set, comprised of many crowd pleasers as well as a few tunes from the rocker's most recent album, 2013's Unvarnished.

"Make It Back" is a story Jett wrote after Hurricane Sandy, she told the crowd, and the sweet ballad was one of the only slow songs in the band's set, which ran just over an hour. While the rocker likely meant for the song to resonate with the Southern Louisiana crowd, it garnered less applause and appreciative whistles than fan favorites like "The French Song" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

Jett and her four-piece BLACKHEARTS seemed genuinely surprised at the size of the crowd and their rowdy response, and she bantered with the audience throughout the set, egging them on to sing her well-known tunes back at the band. Like "Do You Wanna Touch," "I Love Rock and Roll" also resulted in thousands of voices singing the hook in unison. It was a powerful moment.

The one disappointment of the fun show was that JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS missed a golden opportunity to end the set with "New Orleans." She did, however, forego her skin-tight black top in favor of a T-shirt that read "Orioles chick," and expressed her delight that her team was moving up. On a day when the Gretna Fest screens featured Saints football rather than music for the first few hours of revelry, the crowd certainly understood her enthusiasm.



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015: A look at the potential nominees to be announced in October
from: cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio â€" The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015 will be revealed at some point in October. Let the debate begin.

In 2014, KISS finally went from perennial nominee to inductee. Grunge-rock pioneer Nirvana made it on its first ballot. And Hall and Oates came out of nowhere to enter Rock's hallowed ground.

So where does that leave us for next year? Throughout the next few weeks, we will look at the possible nominees for 2015. We will once again debate the validity of hip-hop, the veteran acts that could finally get in and a few first time nominees that that deserve serious consideration.

Perhaps the best way to look at potential nominees is to look at lists from previous years. Here is a breakdown of performer nominees from the last five years:

Nominated for 2010 induction
ABBA, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, The Hollies, The Stooges

2011
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, Beastie Boys, Chic, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits, Chuck Willis

2012
Beastie Boys, The Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, Heart, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus With Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer, War

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Hanging with a Blackheart
from: bakoheat.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Hanging with a Blackheart is hanging with a good heart. I spent my Sunday hanging with more than one Blackheart. A whole band full led by the Rock & Roll Queen, Joan.

Rock is still alive and well, definitely in Bakersfield. The closing night of the Kern County Fair rocked out with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. The overflow crowd stood jam-packed into the two gate areas of visibility and sang along with all the "JOAN JETT Anthems." (I love Rock and Roll, Cherry Bomb, Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover, and many more)

low resolution image Not Enlargeable It was a good trip down memory lane for me. Throughout the '80s and '90s I would hang backstage with the guitar techs of the Rock Gods. And sometimes hang with the Sound and lighting folks. I did both last night.

Really good people.

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