Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” Film Premiere Event

With Exclusive Footage That Can Only Be Seen In Theaters!

Wed, Sept 26th at 7:30pm & Fri, Sept 28th at 8pm

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General Admission Tickets: $10 in advance, $12.50 day of screening


SYNOPSIS

Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” It’s true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands—with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT – KEVIN KERSLAKE

Why did I make this film? Joan Jett is the essence of rock and roll. A dark and dingy club filled with the hormonal roar of longing and desperation and fuck yes. A stadium filled with hundreds of thousands of fans with their fists in the air. A dyed in the wool musician working on a song alone in her bedroom who won’t let a lick or lyric rest till it’s just fucking right. A machine who has such perfect timing that she don’t need no stinking click track. An alley cat whose iconic howl is either mother’s milk or a call to arms or both for millions of people all across the world. An atomic, three chord burst of guitar that is a thousand punches in the gut and may I please have another, sir, I mean ma’am? A poet who speaks screams whispers of things that go bump in the night with such insight and finesse that the pain somehow just goes away. The highest of all hi-priests and priestesses who preside over a ritual that is still (STILL) the gold standard for all art forms when it comes to moving masses. A fight against injustice of every stripe. A voice for the voiceless. A champion of champions and defender of the underdog. An American treasure. A feminist manifesto in the flesh. A paver of ways for little girls all across the universe who didn’t/don’t think pink was their color and even for those who did. A defiant, never-say-die general and foot soldier who tore down the old world patriarchy so that little girls could plug in and play it LOUD. What was the question again?


Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard- rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Her independent record label, Blackheart Records, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.

As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving
You” was reworked for NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night”,
and was performed for 9 seasons by the likes of Pink, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood. Her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy - A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer. Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, ‘Unvarnished,’ in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.

Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations - this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.

“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own
way.”

 

Kenny Laguna has been in the music industry as a musician, songwriter, singer, and producer, for nearly five decades. His resume is as diverse as his talents, including Bubblegum, Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Blue- Eyed Soul, and more. He has produced Darlene Love, Bill Medley, Edwin Star, The Steve Gibbons Band (for Bill Curbishley and The Who), Bow Wow Wow, including the bands biggest hit, “IWant Candy,” the soundtrack to the Andy Warhol movie Lonesome Cowboys, and wrote and produced for Beserkley Records with Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn. He is Joan Jett’s longtime producer, songwriting partner and partner in their label, Blackheart Records (with his wife/high school sweetheart, Meryl Laguna, and their daughter, Carianne Brinkman).

He has produced many of the artists on Blackheart Records including Girl ina Coma, Cherie Currie, and
The Vacancies.

Starting at the tender age of 12 years old, Kenny was playing keyboards for New York radio high school hops, for twenty dollars a day, when he was recognized by an industry bigwig. This led to other doors that Kenny kicked open, and eventually he found himself producing and playing in Bubblegum bands like Tommy James and the Shondells, The Archies, The Music Explosion, Crazy Elephant, Shadows of Night, Jay and the Americans, 1910 Fruitgum Co., and the Ohio Express.

By 1972, Kenny had played and sung on over 50 Billboard Top 40 hits. After the demise of Bubblegum, he was given the opportunity to produce for The Who’s label in London, which would prime him for the next phase, Punk Rock.

Soon after that, Kenny was asked to help write and produce six songs in 8 days with a young singer named Joan Jett. Her former band, The Runaways, had broken up, but they were still contracted to do a project that was yet unfinished. Kenny and Joan immediately found they were kindred spirits, and have collaborated on every Joan Jett album and hit ever since. Kenny wanted to help Joan get a record deal, so they submitted “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Do You Want To Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” and “Bad Reputation” to 23 major and minor record labels at the time. They were turned down by every one. Despite this, they didn’t give up; Kenny, Meryl and Joan manufactured the record, Bad Reputation and sold the album from the trunk of Kenny’s Cadillac. This was the beginning of Blackheart Records. 35 years later, Blackheart is still the home to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, as well as many other up-and-coming artists, such as all-girl Texas trio Fea, Girl in a Coma and Jackknife Stiletto.

Kenny served as Executive Producer of 2010’s, THE RUNAWAYS, bringing the story of the band to life on screen.

After reading Neon Angel, original Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie’s autobiography, Kenny felt the book could be adapted to film. The film, starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, was released to critical acclaim. The DVD was top five in sales for 3 months.

In 2015, Kenny, alongside Jett, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He “Felt honored to be standing next to his best friend,” accepting the coveted award.

After 35 years of creating music together, he and Jett are still touring the world, writing and recording new music. Joan says, “To me, Kenny seems to be able to do it all. The longer I live, and the more people I meet, the more I know how lucky we are to have met. We are very different people on many levels, but the same person on others. He reinforced my belief and dream that I could play rock n roll, and succeed at it, as well, on our own terms. Kenny is definitely my soulmate. I know the meaning of that word now. He is a powerful person to have on your side. An indefatigable advocate.”

Kenny Laguna’s vast career is a testament to his talents and tenacity. His body of work is as diverse as his talents. His lengthy career has been driven by passion for what he loves to do best: create music.