Source: Refinery 29
With the release of “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett has taken a moment to look back on her own life.
She’s already an icon, but the documentary, spanning the beginning of her career in the 1970s all-girl band The Runaways to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, makes something else clear: she’s a fighter. She’s gone to the mat for the rights of women in music, for her own right to make and live by her rules, and for control over her career.
“Really that’s all The Runaways were doing; trying to express ourselves the way we knew how, putting it into our songs,” Jett told Refinery29, putting the raison d’être of her groundbreaking girl band into words. “Not much different than what the Rolling Stones were doing. We didn’t want barriers put up on what we were allowed to sing about, say, or play.
Refinery29 spoke to Jett about “Bad Reputation’s” release, and the “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer talks about the strangeness of watching your life be turned into a documentary, about enduring criticism from second-wave feminists, and why she’s always faced her fears when people told her she couldn’t do something — and did it anyway.
Read the interview at Refinery29.
“Bad Reputation” is currently playing in select theaters and is also available on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Premium, and On Demand.
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