Including Joan’s Philadelphia Walk of Fame coverage in 1996, and Siskel and Ebert’s Light of Day review. 🙂
Stick it out through the Highlander/Walker, Texas Ranger footage for great interviews of various celebrities who talk about Joan. 🙂
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform about 6 songs at The Make-A-Wish Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida on Nov. 5. Joan has been involved with Make-A-Wish for a long time. She spoke about it with The Miami Herald, and also talked about recording new music, The Blackhearts’ nomination to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and more. Here’s a snippet:
How did you get involved in Make-A-Wish Foundation?
I find it to be really moving; hopefully we can inspire some of the kids that are ill. We try to honor any requests that any child might have, whether it’s wanting to hang out backstage or seeing the show from a perspective they don’t usually get to. If I do anything to help, that’s humbling. It’s about giving back and making a connection. That’s what music is about for me.
Are you working on new music?
We’re writing an album now and planning to get into the studio around the holidays. I’m looking forward to starting a new year. For me, inspiration is always what I see in my life. Some of the songs deal with all the changes in social media and how tied into it people are. I think it can be used for good things, but I don’t use Twitter or Facebook to tell everyone what I’m doing. I don’t want to go into something I’m not able to wean myself away from. Television is bad enough.
How did it feel to get nominated into the R&R Hall of Fame?
I don’t really think about it. It’s a great nod in the industry and what you mean to music. If I get in, we’ll deal with that when it gets to that point.
Read more about the event at the official website HERE. Tickets are SOLD OUT, but there’s a waiting list.
Joan Jett’s conversation with Miley Cyrus in the “Heroes” issue of V Magazine is now online at vmagazine.com. The article is two pages online and one page in the print version, which I bought today at Barnes and Noble.
Read it here:
Here’s a snippet — I love this:
MC There has been nothing I’ve ever heard you say that I didn’t believe. You were always very genuine. I always connected to that. We all have that commercial song that everyone loves, but every song on the album shouldn’t be only about that. I can listen to your albums and feel like I know you, or like I’ve met you.
JJ I think the trick is making sure you’re always making the music not only for yourself, but for the fans. Hopefully, Miley, you’ve learned that from me.
MC More than that, also knowing how to treat people. I always get nervous to meet somebody who I look up to because you’re like, “Shit, what if they’re not as cool in person, what if they’re not really what they sing about?” I think the reason I love you even more now that we’ve met is that everything you sing about in your songs is who you really are. You see it in the way an artist treats people when they’re not on stage.
JJ Thank you. I have to thank the parents for that. It is important how you treat people. If you have an interaction with a fan, whether it’s from the stage and it’s the meeting of the eyes or a smile, or if you meet someone and shake hands and sign an autograph, those are moments that they remember forever. If you’re nice and you’re kind and you’re caring—oh my God, that’s never going to be forgotten! But if you’re a bitch and you have better things to do, they remember that too. That’s not how I want to be remembered, because it’s not who I am.
Interviewers love to ask Joan the same questions over and over, to the point where I can almost predict where an interview will go and what Joan will say. I hardly read them anymore. But this one from The Morton Report’s Jaan Uhelszk, one of the founding editors of Creem magazine, covers a lot of interesting ground, and is not just a textbook re-hash of her career. I love this! Here’s a few of the questions; be sure to read the whole thing HERE:
You once asked “What’s so threatening about a girl with a guitar?” But it’s because it is sexual.
You know, I don’t understand what’s threatening about a girl being sexual. Give her the tools, and she’s an enlightened person. Keep her in the dark and she’s a pregnant 14-year-old. That’s what we are. We’re a shamed country. We hide everything.
What do you think your greatest strength is?
Not even knowing that the possibility that you can’t succeed exists. It’s not even in the realm of reality. I don’t know where that comes from. I don’t know if that’s just being reinforced as a child, being told by my parents that I could be anything I wanted to be, and doing it at such a young age. And, because the fact that I was able to be in a band, you know, I just figured, well, I’m doing it. There’s no reason I can’t do it. I’m a big person on logic. You know, there’s no logical reason why girls shouldn’t be able to do this, or I shouldn’t be able to do this, or I should stop doing this if I’m still enjoying myself.
Are you Joan Jett all the time, or are you able to turn it off? It seems as if you’re always on tour.
Oh, totally. I’ve been on the road for so long, I’m finding that when I’m home, I enjoy just being home. It’s not like I’m going out every night. I’m not going out to clubs. It’s not like I live across from the Whiskey A-Go-Go. But I just try to enjoy other aspects of my life, I guess because I’ve immersed myself so much in my career and on the road and just kinda with my head down and just chugging forward, that all of a sudden, I looked around and went, “I don’t know New York. I don’t know my friends. I want to spend time with my animals.” So when I am home, I’m viciously protective of my space.
Do you have a motto?
Well, you know what I say, and it’s not just for gigs, but it’s really for any time when I’m feeling a little out of sorts and not feeling – what’s the word? Social. And you know I have to be social, whether it’s doing a show or just be in a situation where you’re mixing with people. And I realize how much people’s moods can affect the room or vibes. You know when you walk into a room full of bad vibes, you can feel it. Or if you walk into a room with good energy, you can pretty much really feel it. And I think what I say to myself is two things. I say, “Be light,” or “Be a light.” As opposed to being deadness, and so it says everything to me. It says be in a good mood. You know, just be light. Be pure essence. Be pure being. Just be, you know?
And it’s much harder to do than it sounds, but it’s a great exercise. As a human being, it’s just a good way to bring awareness to everything you do, or just every thought you have. All it means really is tap into who you really are because you can control your mood. You’re in control so it’s like that whole thing of trying not to let your surroundings dictate how you’re gonna feel, you know? You want to be the light in all the chaos. You want to be the person that puts a smile on other people’s face. It’s something I genuinely use, pretty much every day. My mantra.
That mantra works for you, Joan. You’ve been the light in our chaos for a really long time. PEACE.
Joan Jett and Cherie Currie recently re-recorded “Cherry Bomb” for the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game, due out this September 28th.
Many of the older songs, including “Cherry Bomb,” had to be re-recorded to fit the technology of the game and make it easier for gamers to play. “Cherry Bomb” is featured in the game in a classic venue that holds many memories for Jettheads: CBGB’s.
Check out this new video announcement for the game and features Joan and Cherie talking about the song and the importance of CBGB’s to The Runaways’ career:
Thanks to the always awesome @jettrocker for the tip!
I didn’t think I could love Kristen Stewart more.
Kristen told George Lopez on Lopez Tonight earlier this week that she was offered a lot of money to not cut her hair for The Runaways. But she turned it down to give Joan Jett, and her fans, an authentic, sweaty, rock-and-roll performance. That is so “Joan Jett.” 😀
Here’s the video. Wig talk starts at 5:24. The Runaways movie gets a big cheer from the crowd too. 🙂
Thank you, Kristen! And BIG THANKS to Summit Entertainment for not going all “Tony Soprano” on Kristen for her choice. You all did a good thing.
Hi peeps! (Are Jetthead peeps called “jeeps”? Hmmm. I kinda like that. 😀 )
Catching up on Joan Jett audio and video. These are Joan’s press interviews surrounding The Runaways in the past month or so. But not from the premieres. I’m saving each premiere for its own post. I’ll also do a separate post for interviews with Cherie Currie, Kim Fowley, etc.
Matt Pinfield interview, RXP, part 1:
More awesome vids after the jump:
I was unemployed when I started this blog, and as of March 10th, I have been earning a real paycheck. My husband is happy, but I have had problems finding balance these last few weeks. I abandoned you during what was quite possibly the busiest Joan Jett and Runaways news month. I have over 44 days of unread Google alerts in my inbox.
But I think I’m finally settling into a rhythm, and I should be able to post here more often.
I’m going to start the spring cleaning fest by pulling together all of the non-Joan Jett press interviews surrounding The Runaways that I’ve missed over the last six weeks or so. There are too many for one post, so I’ll group the videos from the various premieres into their own posts. I’m going to work through one batch a day until I’m all caught up.
Most of these are Kristen and Dakota, but I’ve got some Michael and Floria in here too. I can’t get enough of listening to these people talk about our girls. They all make me so proud!Vodpod videos no longer available.
Cool interview with Michael Shannon, even though the chick giving the interview can’t say FOWLEY. He says some nice things about Joan.
The embed code isn’t working, so you’ll have to watch it HERE.
And Michael gets MAD PROPS for giving a shout out to Light of Day! Join the demand to get Light of Day on DVD!
OK, now I start the process of catching up on 20 days of missed blogging opportunities. This is going to take a while, so bear with me!
Here are all of The Runaways-related TV appearances made by Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning in the month of March. I’m doing it in chronological order, because I’m all librarian-like. I know I posted some of them before, but I want to have them all in one place, because I’m also all lazy-like. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Joan’s interview and “Cherry Bomb” performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night (3/9) were EPIC. The Jett Eye Lock was on full-force! (She should trademark that…)
Gah! I absolutely LOVE Dougie’s solo during this song. (Tomorrow, 3/11, is his birthday!)
If you’re wondering about that Outlaw Biker cover that Jay shows during the interview, it was published in August 1988. She appeared on the cover again in issue #173 in 2008.
Here’s the video, from spin.com:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Here’s the YouTube version:
I won’t get to see The Runaways until April 9th, when the film opens wide in the US, because I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia gets all the cool cultural events before us. But Pittsburgh still rules because we have Penguins hockey. I guess I shouldn’t be greedy. 😛
There’s still plenty of stuff to keep me busy this month, though. Here are all the cool happenings surrounding Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Runaways movie that I know about. I’m sure there are other advance screenings of The Runaways in other cities other than what I’ve listed here. If you hear of any, let me know in the comments and give a link. Thanks!
Most of these events have been mentioned elsewhere on this blog, but I just learned of the advance screenings of The Runaways in Dallas (March 18th) and Los Angeles (March 9th) today.
UPDATE1: The Toronto premiere on March 14th and the digitial download of the movie soundtrack on March 16th have been added.
UPDATE3: Kristen Stewart will not attend the Toronto premiere, but will be at the Los Angeles, New York, and Austin premieres. Source.
|March 1, 2010||Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes released. Contains a short, unauthorized Joan Jett/Lita Ford bio comic.|
|March 9, 2010
|1. Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, on CD, iTunes Standard Edition, and iTunes Deluxe Edition. The vinyl edition has been discontinued by the manufacturer, according to Amazon. I’ll remove the link in the sidebar today.2. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Los Angeles, California. All proceeds from this showing will benefit Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles. Tickets will not be sold at the door! Buy them online here.
|March 10, 2010||Kristen Stewart appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.|
|March 11, 2010||1. Los Angeles red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.
2. Blackhearts guitarist Dougie Needles’ birthday!
|March 12, 2010||Dakota Fanning appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.|
|March 13, 2010||The Runaways advance screening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.|
|March 14, 2010||The Runaways premiere in Toronto, Canada.|
|March 15, 2010||Advance screening of The Runaways in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.|
|March 16, 2010||1. Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select. You can preorder it from Hip-O Select, CD Universe, and Amazon.2. Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books. Preorder it HERE.
3. Digital download release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack.
4. Kristen Stewart interview on Live with Regis and Kelly.
5. Kristen Stewart interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
|March 17, 2010||1. New York City red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.
2. Dakota Fanning interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
|March 18, 2010||1. Premiere of The Runaways at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, and Floria Sigismondi are scheduled to attend.2. Advance screening of The Runaways in Chicago, Illinois.
3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Dallas, Texas.
|March 19, 2010||1. Limited release of The Runaways in the US and Canada. See list of cities HERE.2. Release of Todd Oldham’s Joan Jett book.|
|March 23, 2010||CD Release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack. You can preorder it from Amazon HERE.|
|March 27, 2010||Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show in Shelton, Washington, at Little Creek Casino. Website|
Last week, I told you about the surprise screening of “The Runaways” that Joan Jett attended at NYU’s Fusion Film Festival. Here are some more details.
The screening wasn’t publicized to the general public, and was only open to NYU students:
Thursday, February 25th
Special Industry Screening: The Runaways
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street
NYU ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
Join us for a special screening of this 2010 Sundance selection starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. The film marks the directorial debut of music video director Floria Sigismondi.
Co-sponsored by The Director’s Series.
Read a student’s review of the film HERE (“Movie Musings with a Film Student”).
Here’s a review by twitchfilm.net. I am trying to avoid reading these reviews, so I don’t know if they’re good or bad. I don’t want to be spoiled. I’ll read them after I see the film. But this paragraph stood out to me:
This special preview screening was a part of Fusion Film Festival: A Celebration of Women Filmmakers. Joan Jett was there for the Q & A session packed mostly with female audience. Now 54, with a petite, athletic body and trade mark short black hair, Jett talked about the surreal nature of seeing her life on film and being a rock idol, she came across as personable, intelligent, and guileless.
Nice comments about Joan, but dude, 54??? Even if she WAS born in 1958 instead of 1960, that would make her 51, turning 52 this September, not 50-freaking-four. Jeez. Does anybody know how to research anything?
And here’s another student review HERE, at “Another Badly Written Amateur Film Blog”.
And here’s a womenandhollywood.com report of Joan’s Q&A:
Here are some of the bits that Joan shared:
She is very proud of the Runaways and believes they did something important.
The Runaways were more successful in Japan and Europe and she believes that they were popular in Japan because of how women were treated there at that time.
When they got off the plane in Scandinavia they were greeted by thousands of blonde girls sucking on pacifiers but she never knew why.
People were really dismissive of the band in America because they were threatening. She got such hate for trying to make art.
She doesn’t believe much has changed in the last 30 years. “It’s got to be the same in the film business- getting taken seriously. It’s any area you get into. I don’t think it’s just in the music business, it’s pervasive. For some reason people are afraid of powerful women. I don’t really get it.”
Here’s a short clip of Joan’s Q&A. I wish they had recorded the whole thing: