Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

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Page updated on Novemember 30, 2003
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JOAN JETT At Parkinson's Benefit

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT was the surprise guest at the Michael J. Fox 3rd annual benefit, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" this past Saturday. Joan and Michael reunited onstage to perform, "Light of Day", the title song of the movie they starred in together. The all-star line up also included Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, John Mayer, Bad Company's Simon Kirke and former SNL band leader, G.E. Smith.

We Love Rock & JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Jett began her career in the all-girl rock group, THE RUNAWAYS, with the hit "Cherry Bomb." She latter ventured on her own to form JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS which their music became a staple on the Top 10 charts. This 2-DVD set celebrates Jett's record-breaking talent with more than 35 videos. The DVD showcases such classic songs as: "I Love Rock & Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" the DVD offers live versions of "Bad Reputation, " "Crimson & Clover" and "Cherry Bomb" featuring former Runaway Cherie Currie.

HOT FYI - After 23 labels refused to pick it up Jett's song "I love Rock N’ Roll" she released it on her own label. The song hit number 1 on the Billboard Chart for two months and has landed as the #28 song of all time on the Billboard Chart.

Note:(from DVD will be in stock and begin shipping: November 18th.

JOAN JETT still loves rock 'n' roll

Back in the '80s, JOAN JETT's music was rough enough to call punk, but smooth enough to score a handful of hits. A lot of that had to do with her longtime collaboration with manager, song producer and friend KENNY LAGUNA.

Jett and Laguna first started working together in 1979 when Jett was 18. She had been singing and playing guitar in the RUNAWAYS, an all-girl rock band that also featured Lita Ford. Laguna helped Jett produce a six-song EP shortly after the RUNAWAYS abruptly broke up.

At that point, Jett no longer had a band or a record deal, and no one offered to sign her.


Guitar Wolf

GUITAR WOLF, our friends from Japan who opened up for Joan during her recent tour there, will be playing the legendary CBGB's in New York City on Tuesday, November 18. Info is on Seiji, from Guitar Wolf, was instrumental in compiling Joan's new CD, entitled JETT ROCK, which just came out in Japan.

from: UCSF Access

I recently placed an early morning phone call to KENNY LAGUNA, who is rock star JOAN JETT's longtime musical partner, collaborator, producer and friend.

"Joan is a hard core rocker and left to herself, she would make straight- ahead punk records," says Laguna. "And myself, if working alone, I would write disposable pop music. So together, we've got this pop punk thing going." Jett has been called "the queen of punk" and "the girl Elvis." She has helped pave the way for many female rockers, including riot grrrl acts like L7, Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill, all with whom she's musically collaborated.

Captivated by the rawness and onstage performance of glitter rock artists like the New York Dolls, T. Rex and David Bowie in the mid-1970s, Jett joined the Los Angeles music scene in 1975 with the first all-girl hard rock band, The RUNAWAYS.


Rare photos

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Hey Fans! As we are organizing our archives we found some really cool pictures that we thought we would share with you guys that no one has ever seen before...these pics are backstage in England from '82. The show was Queen, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and about a triple threat! Anyway, there will be more to come as we unearth it. Stay tuned!

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A two-DVD set tracing JOAN JETT's long-running career, Real Wild Child: JOAN JETT Video Anthology, will be available at prior to hitting retail. Click here for availability.

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