She has persisted with her head held high for over 40 years in a male-dominated field. And now in a new trailer for the upcoming documentary ‘Bad Reputation,’ Joan Jett takes audiences through her no-holds-barred, take-down of the rock ‘n’ roll boys’ club of the ’70s. The movie hits theaters and streaming services on Sept. 28. You can watch the trailer below.
In the trailer, Jett talks about the first piece of advice she received when she began taking guitar lessons at the age of 13: “Girls don’t play rock ‘n’ roll.” A more reserved present-day Jett responds with a stone-faced “bull.”
Jett discusses the challenges she has faced and how she has made her way to the top, starting first with the all-girl rock band the Runaways (themselves subject of a 2010 biopic), and later as the frontwoman for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Also seen in the trailer, Jett describes the long road she has taken from when she was called “‘cute, sweet’ to ‘slut,'” and the many injuries (physical and mental) that she brushed aside after male audiences. Her later triumphs include founding her own label, Blackheart Records, and her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Throughout, Jett remained defiant. “Tell me I can’t do something and you know I’m gonna be dong it,” she says in the trailer.
The film also includes interviews with Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Miley Cyrus, Pete Townsend, Billie Joe Armstrong, among others.
Jett just completed a co-headlining summer tour with Styx.