Joan Jett Navigates the 'Boys Club' of Rock and Roll in Bad Reputation Documentary

“Joan didn’t want to be Joni Mitchell,” Iggy Pop says in the trailer for Bad Reputation. “Joan wanted to rock.”

The forthcoming Joan Jett documentary takes you back to a time when women were such a bizarre sight in rock that they were looked at, she says, as “aliens.” First as a member of the controversial but groundbreaking all-women band the Runaways, and then as a solo artist into the 1980s, Jett had a life and career that often went beyond alienation from the “boys club” and into more violent territory. She explains in the trailer that she’s been hit with beer bottles and batteries at shows and in 2015 Runaways member Jackie Fox told press that the band’s creepy manager Kim Fowley had raped her in front of the band and others at a party. “I’m lucky I’m still here,” Jett says in the trailer.

Directed by Kevin Kerslake (who directed music videos for Prince, Sonic Youth, and Depeche Mode, to name a few), the documentary includes interviews with some of Jett’s contemporaries and predecessors like Billie Joe Armstrong, Blondie, Kathleen Hannah, and more. Bad Reputation hits theaters September 28.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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I love what Joan Jett’s done as a pioneer for women in music, and her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with the surviving members of Nirvana is among my favorite music moments of the past decade. But... *sigh* the comments she made regarding Jackie Fox’s rape accusation were so disappointing and only serve to buttress the very boys club she claims to resist. It’s been a few years since then, and I can only hope that in that time, she’s reflected on that in a way that she clearly avoided in the decades prior.