Bad Reputation: Story | Magnolia Pictures

It’s true, Joan Jett became mega-famous from the number-one hit "I Love Rock n Roll," but thats only part of the story. That fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV, world tours and many hits to follow like "I Hate Myself for Loving You," 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, starting her record label out of the trunk of a car after being rejected by 23 labels, and 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 the rocky road to rock stardom decades on. Their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: Even though people tried to define Jett, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it.

DIRECTED BYKevin Kerslake

WRITTEN AND
EDITED BY
Joel Marcus

PRODUCED BYPeter Afterman and Carianne Brinkman

CASTJoan Jett, Adam Horovitz, Alison Mosshart, Anne Larkin, Bill Curbishley, Billie Joe Armstrong, Carianne Brinkman, Cherie Currie, Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Dana White, Don Bolles, Dougie Needles, Elliot Saltzman, Eric Ambel, Evelyn McDonnell, Gary Ryan, Gene Baur, General Kevin Byrnes, Ian MacKaye, Iggy Pop, Kathleen Hanna, Kenny Laguna, Kristen Stewart, Laura Jane Grace, Meryl Laguna, Michael J. Fox, Michelle Cho, Mike Ness, Miley Cyrus, Nikki Haley, Pete Townshend, Phanie Diaz, Rodney Bingenheimer, Sally Hershberger, Toby Mamis, Thom Panunzio, Thommy Price