Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chiron Radio—Show 2: Featuring Joan Jett

Welcome to the Chiron Radio show! It's been a blast researching tonight's featured performers, and selecting just the right videos for our second show.

♪♪♪ Hope you like the picks, keep on rocking!! ♫♫♫

Thanks to the comments on last week's debut, tonight's show celebrates one of my all-time favorite Rockers, Joan Jett.

Like many dedicated rock and roll artists, Joan snagged her first guitar early on, at age thirteen. She's scored eight platinum and gold albums and nine top-forty singles. She was one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.

In 1975, Jett and drummer Sandy West met and together formed the all-girl teenage rock band, The Runaways.

2010 witnessed the release of the biographical film, The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Cherie's distinctive make-up is inspired by David Bowie, while Joan Jett strove for combination of her early musical idol, Suzi Quatro (Suzi sings 48 Crash: Click HERE. and the original pirate rocker, Keith Richards.

By request, let's open this week's show with their hard-hitting smash, "Cherry Bomb"—starring The Runaways, with Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox.

After the Runaways, Joan Jett soared on but not without facing a glass ceiling of her own. After the group broke up in 1979, she formed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with long-time collaborator and producer Kenny Laguna, a former member of the hit-making group, The Shondells.

Joan's solo album was rejected by a record 23 companies, forcing them to create their own company: Blackheart Records. Joan was the first female recording artist to found her own label. Yes! They ended up carting boxes of albums in Laguna's trunk, hawking their wares to concert-goers and record stores. Their journey from rejection to unbelievable success is chronicled in one of the most entertaining "neener-neener" videos ever produced. Check out Joan's "Bad Reputation":

As promised, here is the video that introduced me to Joan Jett. A sizzling cover of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap":

Still rocking the night away, Jett's been performing now for over thirty years.

Here, Joan Jett sings her own version of "Cherry Bomb" at Hollywood Park, CA on 4-23-10

I love Rock and Roll (live 1998):
Original video of Joan's "Crimson and Clover":

Thanks for stopping by for a little Rock and Roll on Chiron Radio. Be sure and stop by each week, we'll try to post a new show every Saturday. Soon I'll be posting reviews of music and DVDs. If you like the show, become a follower! And remember, requests are always welcome. I love to hear what inspires YOU. Until next week, Keep On Rocking!

Tunefully yours,
♪♪♪ Chiron

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