Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Joan Jett Live

Appearing on the David Letterman Show in January 1987, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts covered "Roadrunner." The lyrics by Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers capture the youthful trinity of driving, rock and the radio. In the original version, The Modern Lovers sang about cruising the highways of the Boston suburbs; in her dynamic performance, Jett gains the appreciation of this New Yorker by shifting the scene to the West Side Highway. Jett was a pioneer in her determination to establish an all-girl hard-rock band, as depicted in the film "The Runaways," which I reviewed in April 2010. See also the recent review of "Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways" in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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