Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

Fit To Be Tied Press Kit, 1997

The following is the original text and photos from Blackheart Record's Press Kit for "Fit To Be Tied" sent to media outlets in 1997:

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Fit To Be Tied

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The New York Times recently hailed Joan Jett as the "godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams." That moniker joins "the queen of punk," "The girl Elvis" and "the original riot grrl" as another way to describe the timeless appeal of a woman and her music

Joan Jett's icon status as a pop culture symbol of what women can achieve continues to grow throughout the world. A new Joan Jett and The Blackhearts album on Warners and a Runaways retrospective on Mercury are both due out in 1998, Joan also has a role in the film "Boogie Boy" by Pulp Fiction alums Craig Hamann and Roger Avary which hits the festivals this year. Joan Jett is poised on a unique historic moment to honor her past and celebrate her future.

Along with The Blackhearts, longtime drummer Thommy Price, guitarist Tony Bruno and bass player Sean Koos, Joan Has almost completed Headlock, an album further enriched by the one/two punch of producers Ted Templeman and Kenny Laguna. Joining the fun are old friends like legendary songwriter Jim Vallance and new friends like riot grrl queen, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.

In addition, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts contributed a track to the Iggy Pop tribute album, We Will Fall to benefit Lifebeat, a music industry AIDS charity. Joan's interest in charity and women's causes allowed her to express her support of women's college basketball by rocking up "The Mary Tyler Moore" theme song, "Love Is All Around," which became an anthem for the league and an instant hit record.

Joan brings this honesty, purity and intensity to all things she believes in, especially music. She produced The Germs' seminal punk album GI, as well as tracks for Bikini Kill and Dischord Records' Circus Lupus. Over the years she has invited everyone from R.E.M. and Social Distortion to The Butthole Surfers and Lungfish to open for her. She recently joined The Indigo Girls on stage at Madison Square Garden for an encore of "Crimson and Clover". The Lilith Fair artists and Nine Inch Nails cite her as an inspiration. The integrity of Joan Jett as a musician and artist is the bough that won't break, the backbone of today's rock & roll feminist revolution.

Joan celebrates her place as a rock 'n' roll icon with a collection of greatest hits titled Fit To Be Tied -- Greatest Hits by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This compilation contains 15 classic songs including "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Bad Reputation," and "I Hate Myself For Loving You," as well as the previously unreleased "World of Denial." The First single is a cover of the Sly & The Family Stone classic, "Everyday People."

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