Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

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JOAN JETT: Rock icon talks narrating 'Seven Decades Live', Miley Cyrus, and Blondie collaboration

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Seven Decades Live -- a multimedia concert-cum-documentary show -- tells the 70-year story of the impact of three models of guitar on music, featuring a band performing tracks from the likes of The Clash, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. Who better to appear in a pre-recorded narration for it than the Queen of Rock herself, JOAN JETT?

Storming her way into rock's locker room with her proto-punk glam-rock band The RUNAWAYS, which she co-founded in 1975, Jett defied preconceptions that the guitar was merely a mascot to masculinity. When that group imploded and the likes of 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' (a song originally performed by American teenyboppers The Arrows) and 'Bad Reputation' were rejected by 23 different labels, she set up her own -- BLACKHEART RECORDS, making her the first female artist to own and operate an independent imprint. Kristen Stewart has played her in a biopic, she's worked with big-name fanboy/girls like Dave Grohl, Peaches and Kathleen Hanna, while BFF Miley Cyrus hailed her as an inspirational "badass babe" and claimed she "wanted to have sex" with Jett the first time they met and smoked pot together. NME caught up with the iconic pioneer for a quick chat.

What appealed to you about narrating Seven Decades Live, Joan?
"My friend Bill Curbishley is the producer and creator of it. I've known Bill a long time. If it wasn't for him, 'Bad Reputation', my first album after The RUNAWAYS, probably wouldn't have been made [Curbishley, then managing The Who, put up the money to record it]. And then who knows what would have happened? He asked if I would be interested in narrating this. Anything Bill's involved in is top of the line, and it's about guitars and rock and roll, so I was honoured to be asked and more than happy to do it."

The show tells the story of music's history through the Gibson Les Paul, the Fender Stratocaster and Fender Telecaster. What's been your relationship with those guitars? "I'm a Gibson girl. My first real guitar was a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Blonde. When I first strapped it on, I felt so powerful. It connects right through the crotch. I've always used Gibsons because the people I looked up to in the beginning -- Marc Bolan and Jimmy Page -- were playing Les Pauls."

Which guitarists have inspired you?
"At the start, I was listening to a lot of British Glitter music, Bowie and T. Rex. I had no desire to be a lead guitarist, I wanted to be a rhythm guitarist and gravitated towards a lot of Black Sabbath 'cos they had big, fat, slow chords I could keep up with. Songs like 'Iron Man' or 'Sweet Leaf' were easy to learn how to play."


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS "Bad Reputation" in Tulsa Ok 9-23-2017

SWMRS's version of "Bad Reputation" doesn't mess with the JOAN JETT classic

There is no shortage of pop culture references of JOAN JETT's 1980 punk anthem "Bad Reputation." The song was used as the opening theme for Freaks And Geeks, during the tournament scene at Farquaad's Castle in the first Shrek movie, and more recently in the teaser for the first season of Jessica Jones. It's a classic track. As huge fans of JOAN JETT and Freaks And Geeks, it was a no brainer for Bay Area natives SWMRS, who kept the cover simple and delivered a first-rate performance.

Happy birthday to the Godmother of Punk, JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Welcome to our latest illustrated column, "Babes or Bust," which focuses on an iconic woman (or women) every Monday by immortalizing them in (illustrated) marble. The more monuments to strong, powerful women there are in the world, the better. (If only I knew how to work an actual, physical chisel.)

Hello world, she's your wild girl.

Known to some as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, to others as the Godmother of Punk, JOAN JETT has long been a female legend in the rock scene since she founded The RUNAWAYS. Born in Pennsylvania as Joan Marie Larkin, she allegedly changed her name after her parents' divorce.

You may know her from the iconic songs "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Cherry Bomb," "Wild Thing," or "Bad Reputation," or you may know her as the frontwoman of her band, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

Either way, Joan was and is a pioneering woman in rock 'n' roll, proving that anything rock boys can do, rock girls can do, too.

(Not to mention she's officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

Her first solo album was rejected by 23 labels in the U.S. before it was self published on BLACKHEART RECORDS â€" now how's that for dedication to your craft? And when JOAN JETT wanted to start up a new band after The RUNAWAYS, she literally placed an ad in the L.A. Weekly that said she was "looking for three good men!" Is that badass or is that badass?

If there's anyone you can look to for inspiration on this Monday, take some from JOAN JETT. With that, I leave you with this quote from the Godmother herself:

"People don't want to see women doing things they don't think women should do."

Joan Creative Presents: Jaime Robinson in Conversation with Rock Icon, JOAN JETT

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Joan is a creative agency with a unique approach that’s evident in everything that they do, from their unorthodox business model to the agency’s name, which is inspired by the Joans in history that have changed the world around them.

One of these Joans is rock legend JOAN JETT: singer, songwriter, producer, and the first female artist to own her own record label, BLACKHEART RECORDS. Join Jaime Robinson and JOAN JETT as they discuss forging your own path with courage, conviction, and a rebellious spirit.

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, first headliner of Azkena Rock

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT and her band, The BLACKHEARTS, are the first confirmed headliner of the next edition of the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria, to be held June 22 and 23 next year at the Mendizabal venue. In addition, have also been confirmed The Dream Syndicate, Nebula, Sol Lagarto, The Allnighters and Tutan Come On, who join The Beasts of Bourbon, band whose presence was already advanced at the end of the last edition of the Victorian festival, as reported Last Tour in a note.

JOAN JETT is "one of the most iconic figures in rock history" and a reference for many women who has decided to occupy a space in music in the last four decades, with fans declared in L7, Sonic Youth, Hole, Bikini Kill, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Donnas or Britney Spears. As part of RUNAWAYS, Jett turned with Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Ramones or Tom Petty, obtaining a great success in countries like Japan, where they became "true goddesses". This first teenage stage had its cinematographic adaptation with a film in which its roll was interpreted by Kristen Stewart.

Already alone, he recorded in England with the Sex Pistols the first version of 'I Love Rock And Roll', finally released with The BLACKHEARTS in the early 80's, and was number one on the Billboard charts for seven weeks. The organizers of Azkena have assured that JOAN JETT is "a myth persecuted" by the festival since its first edition, and that finally will be able to enjoy exclusively in Spain like first head of confirmed poster for the next edition of the festival. In addition to JOAN JETT and the already announced The Beasts of Bourbon, have joined the poster The Dream Syndicate, Nebula, Sol Lagarto, The Allnighters and Tutan Come On.


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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will be playing next year's Azkena Rock Festival! June 2018 in Northern Spain.

Chimes Gala Event

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Date & Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 5:30 - 11:00

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St,
Baltimore, MD 21202

Description: Join us for a night of celebration Honoring Deborah Phelps, Executive Director, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.

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