Joan Jett Doc 9/26/18

Joan Jett fans are chomping at the bit for Friday’s (September 28th) theatrical release of her career-spanning doc, Bad Reputation. The film premiered to raves at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and is “a look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of the Runaways and first meeting with Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock n’ roll pioneer.”

Joan Jett explained that dealing with her life and career in the new doc feels much different than when she served as a producer on the 2010 biopic The Runaways[“This is different, ’cause it’s a documentary and it’s hopefully, y’know, what happened. The real-time filmed footage. It’s definitely a surreal experience and it’s more comfortable for me to be able to talk about something, like the Runaways or my band the Blackhearts when I’m not directly speaking about myself. When I have to talk about myself, it’s weird. I don’t feel comfortable in being able to be really free about it, ’cause I feel like I’m being narcissistic, or something, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC: . . . or something y’know)

  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts North American tour dates (subject to change):
    October 19 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with Night Ranger)
    October 26 – Rahway, NJ – Union County Performing Arts Center
    October 27 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
    December 15 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live


  • Several years ago, Joan Jett revealed to Rolling Stone that she owes large part of her career to the Who. Jett explained that the band believed in her material enough to set her up with free studio time at their Rampart Studios to record her debut album in 1980.
  • Jett recalled, “We would not have been able to make that record if they hadn’t helped us. They basically let us record what became Bad Reputation and (said), ‘Pay us when you can.’ (My manager) Kenny (Laguna) had been friends with the Who and Bill Curbishley, who was their manager for many years. They let us come into their place and do it.”
  • Along with the classic title track, Jett’s Bad Reputation album featured covers of “You Don’t Own Me,” “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” “Shout,” and “Wooly Bully.”