Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

June 2008 News

Page updated on June 30, 2008
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Law & Order Criminal Intent Episodes
from: TVGuide.com

USA Sun, Jul 13 9:00 PM
USA Mon, Jul 14 12:00 AM

Episode Detail: Reunion - Law & Order: Criminal Intent
A former groupie who has her own television show is murdered, and the suspects include her assistant, her son, and a well-known musician and his wife. JOAN JETT guest stars.



Today's trivia: In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Top 100 guitar players of the rock 'n' roll era.
from: Houston Chronicle

Jimi Hendrix was No. 1. Carlos Santana was No. 15.

Only two women made the list. Who were they?

Trivia answer: Joni Mitchell was No. 72 and JOAN JETT was No. 87.

Last Saturday, I went to the Woodlands Pavilion to see Jett perform. She was amazing.

Except for a couple of hit singles, like I Love Rock 'n' Roll, I really wasn't familiar with JOAN JETT until I saw her perform on the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year.

She did Bits and Pieces to honor the Dave Clark 5 and absolutely tore the place apart. She played 10 times louder and harder than anybody else on the show. Then she led an all-star group of John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and David Letterman's house band in doing Glad All Over, and that was even louder than Bits and Pieces.

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Punk rocker JOAN JETT sells out Hoosier Park
from: theheraldbulletin.com

Click to enlarge ANDERSONÑSteve and Karen Maas arrived to Anderson less than a hour before JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS hit the stage.

"We drove six-and-a-half hours to be here," Steve Maas said as he settled in his front row seat in the Terrace Showroom of Hoosier Park on Friday night.

The couple, who drove from Traverse City, Mich., have seen Jett twelve times, including the two from Friday night, in the past two years.

"I've been a Joan fan for 26 years," Karen Maas said as she sported her "fetish" T-shirt and Jett-like hairdo.

The sold out shows in the first-time concert venue were filled with people wearing black clothing, hoop earrings and black, short styles. The intimate atmosphere energized the entire group, including the people in the top tier of what usually is the Homestretch Clubhouse Restuarant.

"We moved the time of (horse) racing to accomodate for the shows," Tammy Knox, publicity director, said.

Jett played a 7:30 p.m. and a 10 p.m. show Friday night, with a meet-and-greet in the middle. Twenty people were chosen by the casino to meet Jett and take a picture with the punk-pop singer.

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Enter to win an autographed Gibson USA JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker and one of ten copies of her latest CD, SINNER!
from: gibson.com

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Gibson USA and JOAN JETT have announced the launch of the JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker guitar, designed and produced in close cooperation with the rock legend herself. The model pays tribute to the iconic Melody Maker Jett played on hits like "I Love Rock N' Roll," and "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and, true to her trailblazer status, marks the first Gibson electric signature model designed in conjunction with a female artist.

"This is my guitar. Gibson was successfully able to replicate my custom velvet hammer pick ups which have not been available for twenty years. It's perfect for gigs as well as recording," says Jett. "For those of you performing live, you may understand the value of being able to shave off those split seconds between playing and interacting with the audience, especially if you use your hands to communicate. I can move between the killswitch, which mutes the guitar, and playing, and then back again without a lot of in-between motion. With its no frills basic set up, it's a perfect guitar for either an experienced player or someone just learning."

Gibson's JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a White Worn finish. Handcrafted to the same specs as Jett's original guitar, the slim-tapered neck profile is similar to the Les Pauls and SGs of the mid to late 1960s. The fingerboard of the Melody Maker is constructed from the highest grade of ebony on the planet, Jett's personal choice for her signature Melody Maker, and the headstock features Gibson's classic, silk-screened logo.

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Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction
from: Yahoo News

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Musician JOAN JETT arrives at the 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, June 19, 2008, in New York.



On the road with JOAN JETT
from: theheraldbulletin.com

When you ask how he's doing, KENNY LAGUNA answers, "I'm rockin'," a phrase that summarizes his decades in the music industry.

Laguna has worked with Tommy James and the Shondells, Music Explosion, Archies, Darlene Love and The Blossoms. And, of course, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

The New York native currently plays keyboard for Jett. The Herald Bulletin had an opportunity to talk to Laguna about his rock n' roll lifestyle.

THB: What do you think of the state of punk-pop music currently?
Laguna:
I think it's less sincere than it originally was, and I think they call things punk and punk-pop that really don't qualify. I think a lot of these guys are educated, and they're marketing themselves. They're not the street merchants that were part of a movement of their economic class. They studied bio-physics and got their PhDs.

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Gibson Guitar Announces JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker
from: modernguitars.com

Click to enlarge Gibson Guitar announced yesterday its introduction of the JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker electric guitar marking the first Gibson electric signature model designed in conjunction with a female artist. "This is my guitar," says Jett. "Gibson was successfully able to replicate my custom velvet hammer pick ups which have not been available for twenty years. It's perfect for gigs as well as recording," says Jett. "For those of you performing live, you may understand the value of being able to shave off those split seconds between playing and interacting with the audience, especially if you use your hands to communicate. I can move between the killswitch, which mutes the guitar, and playing, and then back again without a lot of in-between motion. With its no frills basic set up, itÕs a perfect guitar for either an experienced player or someone just learning."

According to Gibson Guitar, the JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker "features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a White Worn finish. Handcrafted to the same specs as Jett's original guitar, the slim-tapered neck profile is similar to the Les Pauls and SGs of the mid to late 1960s. The fingerboard of the Melody Maker is constructed from the highest grade of ebony on the planet, Jett's personal choice for her signature Melody Maker, and the headstock features Gibson's classic, silk-screened logo. The classic, snarling growl of Jett's original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup. The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic "witch hat" knobs, exactly as they are on Jett's guitar. A "kill" switch replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard. The guitar also includes such typical Melody Maker features as 24-inch scale length and the standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece."

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JOAN JETT Launches Signature Axe
from: totalguitar.co.uk

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Punk rock icon JOAN JETT has made history by becoming the first female with a Gibson signature model electric guitar.

The JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker was designed and produced in close cooperation with the rock legend herself.

The model pays tribute to the iconic Melody Maker Jett played on hits like 'I Love Rock N' Roll,' and 'Do You Wanna Touch Me.'

The axe replicates Jett's custom velvet hammer pick ups which haven't been available for 20 years.

"It's perfect for gigs as well as recording," says Jett. "For those of you performing live, you may understand the value of being able to shave off those split seconds between playing and interacting with the audience, especially if you use your hands to communicate. I can move between the killswitch, which mutes the guitar, and playing, and then back again without a lot of in-between motion. With its no frills basic set up, it's a perfect guitar for either an experienced player or someone just learning."

The guitar features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a White Worn finish. The slim-tapered neck profile is similar to the Les Pauls and SGs of the mid to late 1960s.

The snarling growl of JettÕs original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup.

It also includes such typical Melody Maker features as 24-inch scale length and the standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece. The Gibson JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker retails for $839 (about £400).



The Gits Video Release
from: videobusiness.com

Title: The Gits
Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label/Distributor: Adrenaline Records/Liberation
Retail Price: $19.99
Genre: Documentary Cast: The Gits
Running Time: 90
DVD Video Options: NTSC
DVD Audio Options: English;Unknown
UPC Code: 858423001407

The Gits helped spearhead Seattle's emerging musical underground in the early 1990s. Their sound was proto-grunge and all out punk aggression, and the earnest, blues wail of front woman Mia Zapata was its center. At the height of the band's popularity, Mia was found raped and murdered. Over a decade later, the case file would be reopened and a suspect brought to justice, as cameras rolled. This DVD features live footage of The Gits, Evil Stig with JOAN JETT and 7 Year Bitch. Includes interviews with JOAN JETT, Kathleen Hanna, Valerie Agnew, Selene Vigil, members of the DC Beggars, and The Gits. Bonus features include audio commentary, featurette, stills gallery, trailers, deleted scenes, and more.




JOAN JETT Gibson Guitar
from: JoanJettBadRep.com

The gibson website has some amazing coverage of the new JOAN JETT guitar. Check out the new JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker:
JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker
JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker Specs
Gibson USA Proudly Presents the JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker
Electric Warrior: The Gibson Interview with JOAN JETT



We Want Our Joanie!!!
from: JoanJettBadRep.com

Joan isn't doing her sirius radio show anymore. Disgruntled patrons can write to steve leeds: sleeds@siriusradio.com



Who: OK Go, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Emerson Drive and other acts When: 6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday Where: Fairfax County Government Center
from: washingtonpost.com

Click to enlarge "Summer starts here!" is the slogan of the 27th annual Celebrate Fairfax! event, and who are we to argue? This weekend festival includes funnel cakes and fireworks, Ferris wheels and family-friendly entertainment. Let the season begin!

The fair also offers a sweet deal for music fans: dozens of performers, including nationally known stars and great regional acts. Check out http://www.celebratefairfax.com for details. As for highlights, the lineup at the Bud Light Main Stage is truly worth celebrating, starting with the 8 p.m. Friday set by OK Go.

' With at least 24 million YouTube viewings, OK Go's video for the Grammy-winning "Here It Goes Again" might still be better known as "the one where the guys dance on treadmills." Thankfully, the Los Angeles-based quartet doesn't need props to put on an entertaining show. With no gym equipment in sight, the quartet keeps crowds jumping with pop/rock energy and catchy, hook-laden melodies such as "Get Over It" and "A Million Ways."

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Electric Warrior The Gibson Interview with JOAN JETT
from: Gibson.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable In honor of the release of the beyond-cool JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker from Gibson USA, we're digging into the archives for our April '06 profile of the great JOAN JETT.

JOAN JETT is finishing up the final touches on her album SINNER in a New York studio, and her new song "Naked" is blaring over the speakers. It is classic JOAN JETT: buzz saw guitars, sing-along melodies, and that amazing voice-rough and soft, sweet and tough at the same time-lashing it all together and taking it to new heights with every chorus. "Every bit of trouble that I cherished / Every bit of truth that I let perish / Every little bit of me is naked," Jett howls, nearly pleads, and then sneers, "Yeah."

This is rock and roll as it ought to beâ€"raw and catchy and soulful. This is the music that has been JOAN JETT's mission, gift, and lifeblood for 30 years, since she started the legendary RUNAWAYS when she was 15. Jett's soundâ€"succinctly described by longtime manager KENNY LAGUNA as a cross between "Yummy Yummy" and the Germs-is so prevalent these days it is easy to forget that she invented it. You don't have to dig very deep below the surface of anyone from Green Day, the Donnas, and Bikini Kill to Avril Lavigne, Pink, and a slew of lesser bubblegum pop punk to find her. Every time a producer wants to sprinkle a little edge or credibility onto a manufactured starlet, from Ashlee Simpson to Kelly Osbourne, JOAN JETT's sound is borrowed. The irony is not lost on her.

JOAN JETT has fought hard for her success. It was built in the face of hostile audiences, oblivious record executives, and entrenched resistance. She has held her ground in front of the meanest audience-even while being spit on, pelted with bottles and batteries, and insulted. Millions of records and about a dozen hit songs later, she takes it all with a grain of salt. She has earned some of the most loyal fans in the world and she has become a North Star for every girl who picks up a guitar. Besides, nothing is more rock and roll than kicking down doors and doing what everyone says can't be done. And as everybody knows, JOAN JETT loves rock and roll.

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Gibson USA Proudly Presents the JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker
from: Gibson.com

Click to enlarge "I got my Melody Maker in 1977," the legendary JOAN JETT says about the guitar she has made one of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll. "It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the RUNAWAYS and then played on all my hits, like 'I Love Rock N' Roll' and 'Bad Reputation' and 'Do You Wanna Touch Me.' It's my baby."

Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, Gibson's JOAN JETT Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a Worn White finish.

The slim-tapered neck profile is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett's original guitar, with an ebony fingerboard and Gibson's classic, silk-screened gold logo on the headstock.

The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic "witch hat" knobs, exactly as they are on Jett's guitar.

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John Legend, JOAN JETT for Songwriter's Hall Of Fame ceremony
from: NME.COM

John Legend, JOAN JETT and Natasha Bedingfield are among the first artists to sign on as presenters and/or performers at this year's 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala this month at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Albert Hammond, a lifelong resident of Gibraltar, will be inducted by the Chief Minister, the Honorable Peter Caruana, QC at the event which will take place June 19.

As previously reported, Hammond, the father of The Strokes' guitarist turned successful solo act Albert Hammond, Jr., is British native who collaborated with Mike Hazelwood writing 'Gimme Dat Ding' for The Pipkins and 'It Never Rains In Southern California' which Hammond himself recorded.

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JOAN JETT on The RUNAWAYS, Madonna, Britney, The Spice Girls and Sex
from: Lipster

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The operator connects me to a hotel room in Santa Fe, and her voice slinks onto the receiver: raw, rubbed with dirt and sly with confidence. JOAN JETT, America's greatest rock and roller, wants to talk to The Lipster. "I've seen the site, yeah", she growls, and my stomach does a flip. "And I like what you're doing there, honey."I nearly drop the phone in my tea.

JOAN JETT is the ultimate Lipster dame. Born Joan Marie Larkin in suburban Philadelphia in 1958, she left home for LA at 15 and formed the core of The RUNAWAYS at 16 with drummer Sandy West – the first female rock and roll band to straddle the planet in their tight shirts, corsets and leathers. Since the group split up in 1979 she's had a successful solo career, but today we talk about The RUNAWAYS, the shock of women playing rock and roll, and how it's all about sex...

Let's go back to the early days of The RUNAWAYS. What was your motivation to start the band?

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JOAN JETT A Corpse On 'Criminal Intent'
from: NY Post

Click to enlarge 'LAW & Order: Criminal Intent" is taking on the case of Linda Stein, the ex-Ramones manager-turned-realtor-to-the-stars who was murdered last October - complete with some rock star casting.

Here's the first look at rocker JOAN JETT playing (or playing dead) a former music-biz bigwig with Chris Noth - as Det. Mike Logan - at the scene. (Noth, who stars in the box-office smash "Sex & the City" movie, is keeping his day job and was working on the "L&O" series last week.)

In the show - as in real life - the dead woman's assistant is the leading suspect in the murder.

The episode is set to air next month on USA network.

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