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September 2004 News

Page updated on September 30, 2004
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Legendary DJ Scott Muni Dies

The greatest DJ in history, Scott Muni, died last night. He was our close friend. He helped us survive the hard struggle when we started. He believed in us when few did. He never turned his back on a friend. He will be dearly missed.

Goodby Scott.
We love U.
Joan, Kenny & the staff at BLACKHEART RECORDS

N.Y. Radio Legend Scott Muni Dies at 74
By Chris Morris

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Scott Muni, one of the legendary voices of New York radio, died Tuesday. He was 74.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

The popular disc jockey, who was an AM and FM star for nearly 50 years in the country's biggest radio market, suffered a stroke in January. It sidelined him from his last on-air job, a one-hour daily show at the New York classic rock station WAQX-FM (Q104.3).

KENNY LAGUNA has seen it all working with JOAN JETT
By Jim Lundstrom, Post-Crescent staff writer

KENNY LAGUNA misses the days when the mob was running the music industry and juvenile delinquent street kids were making the records.

"Now corporations run the industry and overeducated computer nerds make the records," Laguna said. "They get a hit and dress up in leather, but, in truth, that's not who they are. That's part of the problem, who the acts are."

Laguna certainly knows his leather-clad rockers, having worked with JOAN JETT from her post-Runaway period on as friend, producer, manager, co-songwriter and, currently, as keyboard player in The BLACKHEARTS, who appear with Jett at Waterfest in Oshkosh on Aug. 22.

Smart, fun soundtracks for 'Garden State,' 'Freaks & Geeks'
by Mark Earnest

Ah, the lost art of the soundtrack. The '80s pretty much ruined them, making them collections of potential hits and new-artist samplers tied to the record label instead of conceptual works tied to the film. The two soundtracks below attempt to remedy that, and both are recommended because of it.

Joan's Birthday

JOAN JETT is born in Philadelphia. Her first solo hit, "I Love Rock 'N Roll" sells more than one million records and stays at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for seven weeks.

Happy Birthday Joanie!

The Al Franken show

Joan will be appearing on Air America's The Al Franken show on Monday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m.  Portions of the show will be broadcast on The Sundance Channel, which presents the Al Franken Show, at 11:30 p.m. that night.  Please check to hear the broadcast live and for stations in your market.  For more information on The Sundance Channel, please check

Lawrence Laguna, 84, award-winning architect
By Bill Kaufman, Staff Writer

Despite the fact he was an award-winning architect who enjoyed a career that included designing numerous buildings on Long Island and elsewhere, Lawrence Laguna was a very modest man.

"He was not the kind of guy who walks into a room and takes over the room," said family friend Karol Kamin.

Laguna died Sept. 1 in South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside of kidney failure. He was 84.

Jett also loves rocking the troops
By Constance Pratt, Record Searchlight

JOAN JETT rocks. Everybody knows it, but how many people know that Jett is rock 'n' roll's answer to James Brown and Bob Hope?

She's the hardest-working woman in show business and "she's the number one noncombatant to be in many of last decade's war zones," said Julie Radar of BLACKHEARTS Records.

Jett has entertained in places like Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq. She's done two tours of Afghanistan, the first one just two months after 9/11. Jett doesn't really like to talk about it, said Radar. She just does it.

Nashville, TN Photos

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Larry Laguna

Lawrence Laguna, of Oceanside NY.

An award winning architect of the Long Island, New York City and New Jersey areas. Mr. Laguna was also part of the team that designed and planned Guantanamo Bay Air Base on Cuba during World War II. Nicknamed "Gitmo", it is used to detain enemy combatants in the war on terrorism. He had the nation's highest security clearance for this work.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Mr. Laguna went to Stuyvesant High School and New York University, where he received several 1st prizes for outstanding architectural design work.

Naked CD Review
Left Eduardo (Translated from Spanish)

If I say to you that JOAN JETT finished publishing a new disc, probably, you will try not to believed me immediately, but if in addition I say to you that this is perhaps one of the best works of her career, it provides insurance that no longer you will doubt it. The only problem that you can find is that disc is published for Japanese release only, which is more difficult to obtain in Spain and you will have to resort to buying it on an internet store. The disc includes songs written by different people such as Rudy Yuly, singer of the Tiny Hat Orchestra, Paul Westerberg, leader of The Replacements, Joey Levine, Linda Perry, Kathleen Hanna and our own Joan. All have a surprising high level. Joan is excellent singing all the subjects that she never had published on one CD, although she had done it in limited editions, DVDs, etc. Riffs a plenty and classic punk rock with JOAN JETT in top form (impressive cover art) is what you are going to find on this disc. You have to hear her perfect version of Season of the Witch by Donovan. INCREDIBLE.

Real Wild Child Video Anthology Review
by Adrian Zupp

The expression "paved the way" could have been coined for JOAN JETT. Back in the '70s, it was Jett and her fellow nymphs in the RUNAWAYS — along with Suzi Quatro on the other side of the Atlantic — who really laid down the blacktop for later female rockers to take the ride (e.g., the Go-Go's, Hole, L7, Bikini Kill, the Donnas, et al.). Jett, even more so than fellow RUNAWAYS alumna Lita Ford, made it OK to throw on the leather duds and raunch like a guy. Which all makes this two-DVD set pretty significant. Other DVDs exist of concerts by Jett and her BLACKHEARTS band, but this mix of videos, live numbers, interviews, and even TV commercials is the definitive documentary of this talented rock & roll rowdy. In all, there are 37 chronologically ordered music videos here, with a variety of alternate versions paired up with originals. (But that provides welcome insight rather than overkill.) All of Jett's hits are repped, including "Everyday People," "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me?," "Light of Day," "I Hate Myself for Lovin' You," "Dirty Deeds," and her signature cover of "I Love Rock & Roll" (which was at number one for seven weeks back in 1982). Highlights are many and include the original color version of "I Love Rock & Roll," an interview with Jett and longtime musical partner KENNY LAGUNA, and a 2001 rendition of "Cherry Bomb" with former RUNAWAYS frontwoman Cherie Currie. Throw in all the extras and you get 144 minutes of pure 5.1 Dolby Digital, boots 'n' all bliss. A woman on top way before anyone ever breathed the term "riot grrrl,"JOAN JETT cross-pollinated rock & roll, punk, and glam and gave it a refreshing female sneer. Real Wild Child is proof positive that the lady with the raspy vox and racoon eye makeup was always way underrated.

Larry Laguna

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kenny's father, Larry Laguna, on September 1st. This gifted and talented man was an award winning architect who had been listed in Who's Who In America. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, the noted American artist Mariella Laguna. Larry was a modest and dignified man who will be sorely missed.

Get your 'Freaks' on
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NBC's late, lamented "Freaks and Geeks" has spawned a sound track (finally!) four years after it was canceled.

In stores Sept. 14, the CD, from the same company that produced the recent DVD boxed sets, will have 25 tracks including the show's theme song ("Bad Reputation" by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS), selections from the show's score by Michael Andrews and a few performances by cast members from some of the show's episodes.

Track Listings
01. Bad Reputation - JOAN JETT
02. Geek Hallway - Michael Andrews
03. Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon
04. Lindsay's Theme - Michael Andrews
05. Keg Party Music - Michael Andrews
06. Look Sharp! - Joe Jackson
07. Clem's Theme - Michael Andrews
08. No Language In Our Lungs - XTC
09. Lindsay Disturbed Theme - Michael Andrews
10. Bill Gets Funky (A.K.A. Spacefunk) - Paul Feig
11. USA Rock - Michael Andrews
12. The Spirit Of Radio - Rush
13. Daniel's Theme 2 - Michael Andrews
14. I'm One - The Who
15. Porno Music - Michael Andrews
16. Neal's Lament - Michael Andrews
17. The Groove Line - Heatwave
18. Ken's Ode To Joy - Michael Andrews
19. Come Sail Away - Styx
20. End Title Theme - Michael Andrews
21. Lady L - Jason Segal (Nick Andopolis)
22. Eighteen - Dave Gruber Allen (Mr. Rosso)
23. Jesus Is Just Alright - Jason Segal (Nick Andopolis) & Sara Hagan (Millie Kentner)
24. Up On Cripple Creek - Dave Gruber Allen (Mr. Rosso & Feedback)
25. Dumb As A Crayon - The Leaving Trains

Dekalb, IL Photos
from: Niva Bringas

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Marshfield News Herald
New, different events put fresh spin on fair


"We make a great effort every year to have new things at the fair," said Ron Meyer, president of the fair board. "You have to have change."

The grandstand music entertainment includes Chris Cagle, Mel Tillis, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Blake Shelton. Limited reserved trackside seating for $10 is still available for all five music grandstand shows at the fair office.

Around the fairgrounds, there'll be entertainment starting each hour on one of the three smaller stages, said Harry Nienaber, fair manager.

Friday, September 03,2004
Central Wisconsin State Fair
Marshfield, WI

Uptown Mix Show
from: Nashville City Paper

Uptown Mix, this week features JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and The Shazam, gates at 6 p.m. adjacent to South Street, 20th and Division St., $10

Wednesday, September 01,2004
Uptown Mix Street Festival
Nashville, TN
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