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August 13, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI
Joan Jett could have fizzled out after becoming a teen-punk icon with the Runaways in the late '70s, or disappeared after hitting it even bigger in the '80s with such anthems as "I Love Rock 'N Roll." But her new album, "Pure and Simple," proves Jett and her band, the Blackhearts, to be a resilient force in rock, regardless of the climate.
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April 10, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
With Sam Woolf back in the fold this week after last week's save, the "American Idol" top eight tackled songs of the '80s, a decade in which none of them -- nope, not one --  was actually alive. If that fact alone doesn't make "Idol" watchers over age 24 feel old, Caleb Johnson added an extra insult before stepping onto the stage to sing Journey's "Faithfully," a song guest mentor and Season 7 "Idol" winner David Cook encouraged him to approach with "reverence. "  Johnson said he planned to go out there and "make some old ladies cry. " (I trust he wasn't referring to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, who did seem moved by Johnson's performance.)
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December 18, 1995 | SANDY MASUO
In a perfect world, Joan Jett would be as big as Courtney Love, and Mia Zapata would be alive and giving them both a run for their money. The world, however, is less than perfect. In 1993, Zapata, lead singer of the Seattle band the Gits, was raped and murdered. Since then, the remaining Gits have arranged several benefit concerts to fund an ongoing private investigation into the still-unsolved crime, as well as Home Alive, an organization dedicated to self-defense education.
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December 27, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
It was Bob Dylan who transformed Brad Elterman into a teenage paparazzo. That was in 1974, when the folk-rocker was set to headline the Fabulous Forum and Elterman was a Sherman Oaks high school kid who scored a ticket, front row center. He realized: "I better bring a camera. " Nothing would ever be the same. Elterman, now 56, remembers the songs, the crowd, the aroma of smoldering marijuana. He could afford only two rolls of film, but he chose his shots carefully and came home inspired.
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June 12, 1994 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
Plain and simple is more like it, for Jett's music is anything but pure. Here, almost exactly as on her previous solo outings, she jumbles together a panoply of influences ranging from doo-wop to moptops, with particularly heaping measures of late-'70s punk and mid-'60s bubblegum.
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September 15, 2011
The 23rd Annual Taste of Newport offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach. This year's musical guests include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Friday, the Barenaked Ladies on Saturday and a doubleheader of Taylor Dayne and ABBA: The Concert on Sunday. Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. 6-11 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. $22-$125 per day. (949)
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September 16, 1995 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 1993 rape and murder of Mia Zapata, the singer for the band the Gits, sent shock waves through Seattle's tight-knit rock community. When two months passed with no progress toward solving the crime, Zapata's bandmates mobilized. Bassist Matt Dresdner, drummer Steve Moriarty and guitarist Andy Kessler contacted a private detective, and to finance the investigation they organized benefit shows featuring such local bands as 7 Year Bitch and Nirvana.
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August 6, 2006 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
AT 47, Joan Jett looks shockingly good. The heart-patterned string bikini top she is wearing hides nothing, but there isn't anything to be ashamed of anyway. She is enviably slim, with toned arms, a flat stomach and skin that is pale and unmarred except for a smattering of ink. It's three hours until show time, and Jett is pacing her tour bus, fielding the last of the day's phone interviews.
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September 4, 2012
The Venetian's Bourbon Room serves up hard rock, big hair and even bigger bourbons. Based on the Hollywood club from the musical-turned-movie “Rock of Ages,” the all-'80s fantasy features guitar-pick-shaped tables, leather-and-lace clad cocktail servers/dancers and deejays spinning Poison, Joan Jett and AC/DC. As the name suggests, the libations are heavy on bourbon - there are 60 to choose from - but for those who really want a high school flashback, six types of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers also grace the menu.
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June 5, 1985 | From United Press International
Rock star Joan Jett will always be a hit with the family of a 3-year-old Long Island boy she saved from drowning. Jett, 24, in a telephone interview from her manager's home in Rockville Center, said she acted instinctively when she heard a mother's screams for help. "She said, 'My kid is drowning! I can't find my kid!' " Jett said. "I looked around and I saw where he was.
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October 26, 2013 | By Evelyn McDonnell
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
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September 12, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This year's fall pop music season offers your average 21st century bounty, one with so many colors, textures, varieties, personalities and avenues for consumption that it's pretty easy to frame an argument depending on mood or agenda. Those observing gender and the pop marketplace, for example, can note that the season is heavy with commercially powerful female vocalists: New albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Kelly Clarkson and future superstar Ariana Grande look to rule the charts through the holidays.
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July 12, 2013 | By Chris Daley
It's hard to be a symbol; it's even harder to be a teenager. Yet somehow the Runaways made both look easy - and over-the-top fun - for a few years in the bacchanalian L.A. rock scene of the mid-1970s. Sadly, both symbols and teens tend to age out. "Queens of Noise," Evelyn McDonnell's new history of the band, thrusts us into a nearly unrecognizable Los Angeles. Female students aren't allowed to play drums in school bands, everyone is taking Quaaludes, and lecherous music-industry types are sleeping with minors without compunction.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line. Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking issue with the skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties and snake-print push-up bras the mall staple recently began selling under its own Blackheart label. Marketing efforts from the City of Industry-based fashion brand “were geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Jett's New York record label, according to the suit.
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October 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday night. That and the following fact are perhaps the only two things we'll all agree on over the coming few minutes. The nominees are: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, N.W.A, Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer. Now let's get this straight. Joan Jett without the Runaways?
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September 4, 2012
The Venetian's Bourbon Room serves up hard rock, big hair and even bigger bourbons. Based on the Hollywood club from the musical-turned-movie “Rock of Ages,” the all-'80s fantasy features guitar-pick-shaped tables, leather-and-lace clad cocktail servers/dancers and deejays spinning Poison, Joan Jett and AC/DC. As the name suggests, the libations are heavy on bourbon - there are 60 to choose from - but for those who really want a high school flashback, six types of Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers also grace the menu.
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January 16, 2000
Phish frontman Trey Anastacio makes a guest appearance on the upcoming album from blues veteran Son Seals on a new version of the latter's old "Funky Bitch." The album, "Letting Go," is due from Telarc on April 25, with Seals set to be the opening act on some Phish concerts. . . . What did Britney Spears do for her 18th birthday last month?
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August 6, 1995
This benefit album for the Rock for Choice organization features 14 female artists of the '90s covering their favorite female-sung hits of the '70s. Some of the reinterpretations are more drastic than others.
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September 16, 2011
EVENTS Danish Days Solvang's 75th annual festival takes on special significance this year, as it also marks the town's centennial. The celebration features folk dancing, live music, theater performances, authentic food, parades and living history exhibits. Various venues, Solvang. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free. (800) 468-6765. http://www.solvangusa.com. Taste of Newport The 23rd-annual fest offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach.
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September 15, 2011
The 23rd Annual Taste of Newport offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach. This year's musical guests include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Friday, the Barenaked Ladies on Saturday and a doubleheader of Taylor Dayne and ABBA: The Concert on Sunday. Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. 6-11 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. $22-$125 per day. (949)
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