Congrats to Joan Jett whose new documentary, Bad Reputation
, has just been picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which was directed by Kevin Kerslake, follows Jett from her early years in the Runaways through leading her longtime band, The Blackhearts. "Joan Jett has a pure rock and roll heart and her influence, both musically and as a role model to a generation, has been profound,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Kevin’s film beautifully realizes her journey.”
is one of several new documentaries being produced by media giant BMG over the next year in an effort to break into the growing video market for music content on iTunes and Spotify. Other films include The Children of the Revolution
about Marc Bolan better known as T-Rex, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
, and The Show's The Thing
about the first generation of rock concert promoters.
will get a limited theatrical release later this year and will be followed by a new album. Joan’s first guitar in the Runaways was an Epiphone Melody Maker that she used when Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at the 2014 Golden Gods Awards hosted by Alice Cooper. Watch her perform her classic "Bad Reptuation" below. And check out Premier Guitar's
always-excellent Rig Rundown
series featuring the Blackheart's guitar tech Zach Nagy showing off Jett's prized Melody Makers and lead guitarist Dougie Needles' Epiphone Les Paul Jr. Look for Bad Reputation
at your local independent theater soon.