Blackhearts to play Miami Make-a-Wish ball in Nov; new Joan Jett interview

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: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/23/2465453/joan-jett-to-rock-the-house-at.html#ixzz1bfArYZbP

Read more about the event at the official website HERE. Tickets are SOLD OUT, but there’s a waiting list.

Miley Cyrus-Joan Jett interview at vmagazine.com

Photo by Mark Abrahams for V Magazine

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:

http://www.vmagazine.com/2011/09/joan-jett-by-miley-cyrus/

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.

Kristen Stewart says more nice things about Joan Jett

Pilgrim Joanie. *snicker*.

In another recent interview for The Yellow Handkerchief, Kristen Stewart was asked about Joan Jett and her work on The Runaways, and she had some pretty cool stuff to say about our Joanie:

“I don’t think that the Runaways are something that a whole lot of people know about, but I think that everybody knows who Joan Jett is,” Stewart reckons. “But it was really, really hard to become that icon. I don’t know, she’s like a pilgrim. She was the first woman to ever start a record label, but even before that, because it was the ’70s, nobody wanted to see a girl be that strong and play electric guitar and play it that loud.

“People should know where that came from. I’ve grown up feeling very entitled, like I can do whatever I want. But she didn’t have that.”

Jett was a producer of “The Runaways” film and was on set every day.

“It was initially intimidating, just meeting her,” Stewart admits.

“Then I subsequently realized that I would feel like such a fraud if she wasn’t there. How would I have known any details without her? I just would have felt like I was doing an impression with black hair.

“I didn’t want to just mimic her, I wanted to understand what she was going through.”

And that was quite a lot, according to the movie: sexual and pharmaceutical experimentation; fights within the band, with its handlers and rowdy audiences; finding, maintaining and making a going concern of her own artistic voice.

Read the rest HERE.

I can no longer remember which Twitter friend clued me in to this, so thank you all!

The pic of Joan is mine, and the pilgrim hat came from Free Original Clipart at Designed to a T

Kristen Stewart talks about working with Joan Jett

Kristen Stewart did an interview with NBC recently to talk about her upcoming film, The Yellow Handkerchief. She talks about Joan starting at the 1:57 mark.

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Thanks to @kstewartnews for the tip!

I love Kristen, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of her new movies. 2010 is going to be an exciting year. 🙂

Sundance Videos: Joan Jett Interviews from StarTribune.com

These are cool. More video interview footage of Joan from Sundance (via StarTribune.com):

More high praise from Joan for Kristen:

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On Hollywood’s version of her life. I LOVE THIS. Being in a rock band is HARD WORK, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow your dreams!

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Runaways video roundup 01/30/2010

Here are all of the new video clips about The Runaways since the last time I posted some. There have also been a lot of online interviews, but I will only post the ones that are not re-hashes of interviews that I’ve already posted the video or audio of.

Just to inform you: I am completely serious about not wanting to be spoiled for The Runaways movie, so I’m not going to read or post any of the reviews. It makes no difference to me if this film is a critical success or not. The band itself never was, so I don’t care what critics think about them now.

On with the show! Continue reading

“The Runaways” teaser poster; more Sundance interviews

Kristen Stewart Fans has an UHQ version of the teaser poster for The Runaways. It’s huge:

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And here are some more interviews from Sundance. Continue reading

More interviews about “The Runaways” at Sundance

I have decided to not read any reviews of the film until after I see the movie. I don’t need the spoilers or the opinions of so-called “journalists”. All I need is my rock and roll. If you want to read the articles and reviews, check them out at the Joan Jett Fanclub website (joanjettbadrep.com), Kristen Stewart Fans, or any of the wonderful people I mentioned in my “Jetthead’s Guide to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival” post. They will all take good care of you.

The folks at the Kristen Stewart Fans site have summarized Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival HERE (day 1), HERE (day 2 part 1), and HERE (day 2 part 2).

I’ll continue to post video or audio interviews, especially any of Joan. Here are some more: Continue reading

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning interviews at Sundance

Here are some videos of interviews that Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning did at Sundance. Enjoy!

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And, our good friend @larry411 posted pics of Joan at the Harry O’s show from Saturday HERE. I’ll go through all of the press from that show this week and update the concert archive.

Joan Jett feature in November’s Esquire Magazine

The November issue of Esquire Magazine, with Kate Beckinsale on the cover, is on stands now, and I bought a copy yesterday. Page 138 has a “What I’ve Learned” feature from Joan, and it’s definitely worth buying. The picture accompanying the article is BEAUTIFUL. (I would scan a portion of it to give you a teaser, but I haven’t seen the cord for my scanner in two years. Sorry.) The feature lists 27 direct quotes from Joan that detail what she’s learned in her life. Some made me think, some made me laugh, some made me sad, and some made me say “WTF?”

Here are some of my favorites. The comments in brackets are mine:

Pop music is not a threatening style of music. It’s music that says, Take me for what you will. Rock ‘n’ roll says, You’re mine, motherfucker. [Yes, we are, Joan.]

Don’t be afraid. Because you’re going to be afraid. But remember when you become afraid, just don’t be afraid. [Ummm, okay? I’m going to get this crocheted on a tapestry and hang it on my wall next to my framed “Footprints” poem.]

They’ve turned the word rock into nothing. It’s a meaningless word. “It rocks.” “That food rocks.” “She’s rocking in that outfit.” They’ve taken the word and stripped it of all its menace, of all its dirt, of all its sex. [“Joan Jett rocks!” I could be crazy, but that one still sounds rather sexy to me.]

If you’re a woman who doesn’t wear a dress, you are gonna take shit. If you’re a woman who doesn’t wear a dress and shaves her head, forget about it. [I think bald girls who DO wear dresses take just as much shit, Joan. We’ve all been brainwashed by Paul Mitchell and Vidal Sassoon. Sad, but true.]

I like the way black looks. I think I look better in darker clothes. And maybe the fact that I wear black so much makes me more aware of putting people at ease. The black is sort of the bad-guy guise, so I work overtime to make people comfortable. [You succeed in making us comfortable, but don’t ever doubt how great you look in WHITE and RED. Little Liar video, anyone?]

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I don’t Google myself. Never read message boards, either, because that’s even more dangerous. [Thank goodness! Joan would have a stroke if she ever saw this site…]

And finally:

There’s this thing that happens when a guitar chord is struck a certain way—it slightly bends out of tune and then goes back into tune. And there’s a connection from that sound right through your crotch, right up into your heart. [Amen.]