February 2004 News
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Rocker still singing Dean's praises
Howard Dean may have stopped campaigning, but hard-driving rocker JOAN JETT is still running to become a Dean delegate in New York's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday.
Jett first got involved with Dean's campaign about a year ago, after researching the candidates and making a contribution. Jett, famous for her recording "I Love Rock 'n Roll," stumped for Dean in Iowa and New Hampshire. "We went for two days and ended up spending three weeks," said KENNY LAGUNA, her producer and musical partner.
Jett is running for delegate in the Fourth Congressional District where her voting address is Rockville Centre. For Jett to have any chance to be elected as delegate, Dean must get at least 15 percent of the vote in the district.
However, Laguna said Jett's campaigning has been restricted because she is working on finishing an album, "Naked," due out in the summer.
MUSIC SENSATIONS CYNDI LAUPER AND JOAN JETT ADDED TO LIST OF KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
International music icon, Cyndi Lauper will treat CMW delegates to a rare, intimate keynote interview as part of this year's Canadian Music Week Executive Conference. Lauper joins a long list of entertainment giants scheduled to speak, including rock legend, JOAN JETT and producer/manager songwriter, KENNY LAGUNA.
Presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, JOAN JETT and KENNY LAGUNA will be interviewed by host/producer of MuchMusic/MuchMoreMusic Bill Welychka, on Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Cyndi Lauper's interview, to be conducted by Canada AM anchor Seamus O'Regan is scheduled for Saturday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per event and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Admission is free for CMW delegates and Tune Up pass holders.
Making music for over two decades, JOAN JETT has been a figurehead for several generations of female rockers. Upon teaming up with producer/manager songwriter KENNY LAGUNA, her independently released self-titled debut album in 1980 was the most successful independent rock record of all time. Laguna assisted Jett in forming The BLACKHEARTS, whose first album reached the Top Five with the single 'I Love Rock'n'Roll' hitting the top of the Billboard Charts for seven weeks. Over the course of her extensive career, Jett has worked with the Beach Boys, the Sex Pistols and Paul Westerberg.
Celebrity Interview: JOAN JETT & KENNY LAGUNA
Friday March 5, 2004 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
Put another dime in the jukebox baby, and catch the leather-clad Queen Of Rock 'n' Roll and her muse. In this frank Q&A, JOAN JETT and longtime songwriting collaborator KENNY LAGUNA talk about Joan's unlikely career in the boys club of rock (the ex-Runaway was rejected by 23 labels before her hitmaking 1980 album JOAN JETT). And you'll hear how the refueled Jett is back in the studio and in the nation's face this election year.
from: BLACKHEART RECORDS
Staffers Premieres Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 8 PM, and repeats at 11 PM on the Discovery Channel.
Making cameos in this show are actress Janeane Garofalo and rocker JOAN JETT, both Howard Dean backers. They're ambushed by George Bush supporters at a Dean rally at Drake University.
NY Please Support Howard Dean
from: JOAN JETT
TO ALL MY NEW YORK FRIENDS AND FANS:
Although Gov. Howard Dean is no longer actively campaigning, he is still on the ballot in New York State. I urge everyone to vote for Howard Dean in the New York primary on Tuesday, March 2. For those of you who live and vote in the 4th district of NY, or those of you who have friends in that district, please vote for DELEGATE CANDIDATE JOAN JETT. Thank you very much!
Jett to zoom into Aberdeen
JOAN JETT, known as "the original bad girl of rock 'n' roll," will taxi into Aberdeen for a concert on Friday, Aug. 20. She'll joined by her group, the BLACKHEARTS, at the Brown County Fair concert.
Jett is best-known for the 1982 hit, "I Love Rock 'N Roll." Her other hits include "I Hate Myself For Loving You," "Crimson and Clover" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." She also starred in the 1987 movie "Light of Day," with Michael J. Fox.
The scheduling of Jett's concert completes the Brown County Fair lineup for 2004. Chris Cagle will perform Thursday, Aug. 19, and Diamond Rio will take the stage Saturday, Aug. 21.
Message from Joan
from: JOAN JETT
To all my Friends and Fans,
As most of you already know, I am supporting Gov. Howard Dean as the Democratic candidate for President. I want to remind all of you that your votes in the primaries are important. For those among you who believe that Gov. Dean is the right man to lead our country, he needs your support NOW!
It is not too late. Let's make our voices heard.
Joan and Kenny interview
from: BLACKHEART RECORDS
Joan and Kenny will be calling into the Dean campaign HQ in VT for an internet interview on Sunday, Feb. 8 @ 4 p.m EST. The website is http://radio.deanforamerica.com.
Joan and Kenny in New Hampshire at Dean Headquarters
from: BLACKHEART RECORDS
Joan and Kenny showing their support with encouraging words and song at the Dean Campaign Headquarters in Manchester, NH.
Jett heats up her cool, rocking image
from: Chicago Tribune
JOAN JETT hasn't released a new album in five years, typically plays at remote suburban locations and county fairs, and in recent years has shunned the concert circuit in favor of Broadway performances and USO tours.
But as Patti Smith is to punk, Jett is to rock: a pioneer who broke a male-dominated industry's conventions. To generations of aspiring musicians, Jett was proof that a woman with a guitar could be dangerous. Just ask the former members of Bikini Kill and L7, who credit her as a primary inspiration behind the early '90s riot grrl movement, or better still, listen for Jett's influence in the latest music from Sleater-Kinney, The Paybacks or Peaches.
Taking a break from stumping for presidential candidate Howard Dean, Jett and her four-piece BLACKHEARTS performed a no-frills 90-minute set Saturday night in Aurora's Paramount Theatre--a location more commonly associated with family theater and soft crooning than rock. In front of a near-capacity crowd, Jett relished her underdog role, which was made even more challenging by technical problems and a tame audience.
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