Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation rocks beyond self destruction

Joan Jett — Bad Reputation

It’s easy to look at a rock star like Joan Jett and just see the successes.

She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold. In 2015, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was included in Rolling Stone 100 greatest guitarists of all time (No. 87).

But every successful person, has had a lifetime of failures, and Joan was no different.

She and another group of female rockers created The Runaways in 1975. No one would touch them. Women playing rock songs. It was unheard of. She started her own record label out of the trunk of her car, after being rejected by 23 labels.

One of the members, drummer Sandy West knew of a record producer, Kim Fowly and handed-off his business card to Jett. The band was signed by Mercury Records in 1976, and their first album was released that same year.

Being in a band is always rough, but the girls faced even more difficulties, in early shows Jett was hit with beer bottles and ever a large battery.

But each wound added to the angst, and songs like “Bad Reputation: and “Cherry Bomb” were the results.

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