Category: the runaways

The Runaways backstage at CBGB, August 2 1976,…

The Runaways backstage at CBGB, August 2 1976, by Richard E. Aaron/Getty

Joan Jett, with her bat out of hell. Photos by…

Joan Jett, with her bat out of hell. Photos by Brad Elterman.  (Here’s his tumblr!)

The original power-trio lineup of The Runaways…

The original power-trio lineup of The Runaways, 1975! Micki Steele (who went on to The Bangles), Sandy West, and Joan Jett!

Joan Jett smiling at you does not necessarily …

Joan Jett smiling at you does not necessarily mean that you’re safe [x]

Joan Jett and Lita Ford, The Runaways, 1977, b…

Joan Jett and Lita Ford, The Runaways, 1977, by Jenny Lens

The Runaways (Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford…

The Runaways (Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford) at CBGB, August 2, 1975, by Richard E. Aaron

Joan Jett, 1976, via vogue, from a wonderful 2…

Joan Jett, 1976, via vogue, from a wonderful 2018 interview where Joan happily talks about her hair and makeup choices in the context of rock and roll and rebellion. An excerpt:

Who was your hair inspiration in those days? Did you have pictures pinned to your wall or rockers you wanted to emulate?

I’ll tell you, a big influence on my style was the movie Cabaret—that sort of decadent, heavy-makeup, ’20s flapper-girl vibe. Also, I was a big British glitter-music fan, so that means Bowie and T. Rex and Suzi Quatro, who was having hits at the time. She was wearing black leather, and she had a shag haircut. Keith [Richards] had that haircut. Bowie had a wacky shag there for a minute, and a lot of the band the Sweet had shag haircuts. Those were all bands I was listening to, so I sort of went with that. I was looking for a way to have my own look. In high school, I was getting howled at—very lightweight bullying, maybe because they were afraid [laughs]—but stuff like “Diamond Dog,” “David Bowie.”…. 

What did your parents make of all this?

I was still living in my mother’s house in the Valley in the early Runaways [days]. My mother was one of the people who drove me to Hollywood to go to Rodney’s English Disco, and she would pick me up later, you know? She wanted me to have that sort of experience and not just be stuck at home. 

What I was rebelling against wasn’t my parents, it wasn’t school, it wasn’t the government—all the things people normally rebel against. I was very against American society telling me what I could be as a woman. “Rock ’n’ roll is sexual, and girls aren’t allowed to do that”—that just burned me to no end. So I was willing to totally sacrifice everything to prove that was not true.

Did you cut and dye your hair yourself on tour in those early years?

Oh yeah. I dyed my hair myself most of the time, mainly just for convenience’s sake. And I’m sure I had a person cut my hair from time to time, but a lot of times, I did it myself—you can tell because it’s not a great haircut! 

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