Voices: JOAN JETT: BAD REPUTATION

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Watch Trailer Director: Kevin Kerslake
Cast: Joan Jett, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Laguna

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.

Admission $5. Sponsored by OU Performing Arts. Part of Women History Month’s VOICES Series.

 

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Running Time: 95 minutes95 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

From Jett's groundbreaking recordings with the Runaways to how she defied a narrow-minded media establishment, "Bad Reputation" is a case study in how a musician stays relevant.

Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times