Joan Jett, went on to a solo career and unexpected mainstream popularity. At the L.A. County Fair recently, Jett was in fine voice as she slammed through her greatest hits, and tonight she and her band, The Blackhearts, perform a brief set to introduce a screening of Bad Reputation, director Kevin Kerslake's new documentary about Jett's life.
It might be hard to imagine now, but in 1975, when four L.A. teenage girls formed a band called The Runaways, there were virtually no women performing real rock & roll. The Runaways were deemed a failure by the mostly male radio programmers and concert bookers who controlled the industry, but the group's brief, incendiary career signaled the end of the male monopoly of the rock airwaves. Despite open hostility from major labels, the band's primary songwriter,