The new film “The Runaways” is getting rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, but the real-life group of teen rocker girls weren’t taken seriously when they started out in the music business. Founding member Joan Jett recalled the dissing she and her bandmates received at the hands of male musicians back in the 70s.
“It was initially kind of laughing, like that kind of smiling, going, ‘What are you doing? You can’t do this. Girls don’t play rock ‘n’ roll.’ And when they saw were really serious about it, the attitude kind of changed. Anything from really just insulting and dirty, nasty things. Calling us names, every name that you can call a woman. Just stupid things. Bands feeling threatened by us.”
There’s definitely still prejudice out there today, but I hope today’s budding female rockers can appreciate how Joan and The Runaways paved the way for them!
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