Get ready for the Joan Jett renaissance.
While everyone is gearing up for "The Runaways" - the new film about her early days with the groundbreaking band where she's played by Kristen Stewart - there is much more planned. It started with her two-CD "Greatest Hits," which came out Tuesday, and the movie soundtrack, due out this Tuesday, which includes songs from The Runaways and Jett, as well as Stewart and Dakota Fanning as The Runaways.
"Fans have been asking me for years and years for a new greatest hits album - there has always been interest," Jett said in a statement, adding that executive-producing the film led her to really spend some time with her music. "It made me realize that it would be great to get it back out into the marketplace for the fans and for a new audience."
That she has control over putting out her own material - and has for three decades on her own Blackheart Records - simply underscores the impact she has had on the industry. (Isn't it about time someone mounts a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame campaign for her induction?) Not only did she and The Runaways break down gender barriers, back when it was rare to see women rock on their own, but Jett also broke down gender roles in becoming the first female artist to run her own record company.
The rebellion that she wrote about in "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" extended to the way she handled herself in business, as well. It's a story that will hopefully be told in the pictures and interview excerpts she pulled together with Todd Oldham for a new book, "Joan Jett," set to be released next month.
The book could be summed up in one of Jett's quotes: "Being onstage is everything that's good about life."
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