Great Joan Jett Interview
What inspired you to start Blackheart Records?
Really, the whole label thing was out of necessity — the fact that I couldn’t get signed by any of the majors or the minors at the time. Nobody wanted anything to do with me. Some of the best ideas and best-laid plans aren't really plans at all; you do it just to survive and just to try to do what you love. I was lucky enough to have a friend, Kenny Laguna, who was my songwriting partner, my producer, and actually had connections in the music business. To have somebody who believes in you helps a lot. It gives you strength and a belief that there are other people like you that care about the same things, and you're able to get momentum. Blackheart Records was an absolute necessity, and that's what it sprung from, in the trunk of a car.
What made you decide to sign Girl in a Coma?
Girl in a Coma was involved in a TV show and was going to have a rehearsal, and one of the people they looked up to was supposed to show up at the rehearsal as a surprise — I was that person. I was just supposed to meet them, watch them rehearse, say hi, and all that stuff, but I thought they sounded great, and I wanted to see the gig. So I went down to the show and was very impressed with them. I thought they'd be great to have on Blackheart, because we'll sign anybody, but we really want Blackheart to be a place where girls feel comfortable to come play their music, because it was so hard for me.
Why aren't there more girls playing rock?
I can’t really quite put my finger on why there aren't more girls playing rocknroll. They are out there. There are girl bands in every city, but I'm not really sure why there aren't a higher percentage of bands having some form of success. I don't know if it boils down to people just don't care enough.
I'm trying to figure out why people have such issues with girls in rock bands. You see girls singing pop music all over the place, in the press — you're saturated with that image of women in music. That’s what you think of when you think of wom