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Joan Jett on Rock and Roll Sexism in ‘Bad Reputation’ Documentary

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“What Jimi Hendrix said about how women playing rock and roll would be looked at like 'aliens' is absolutely true.”

Rockstar Joan Jett explores the sexism and the 'boys club' of the Rock and Roll scene in the documentary Bad Reputation. The film looks back at Jett's career during her time with the all-woman band The Runaways during the 1970s. Directed by Kevin Kerslake, the documentary features interviews with music legends and contemporaries including Iggy Pop, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Miley Cyrus.

Jett talks about the rampant sexism and discrimination that followed her as a woman establishing herself as a rock and roll musician.

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"I didn't that it would be such a big deal for a girl to play rock and roll, but RollingStone hated The Runaways," says Jett in the Bad Reputation trailer.

The rock icon also reflects on the violence aimed at the Runaways and recalls being assaulted by a beer bottle and sustaining a head injury as well as having a battery thrown her way and even having cracked ribs all because of her fight for her music career.

"I'm lucky I'm still here," says Jett.

Bad Reputation comes to theaters, on demand, iTunes, and Amazon Video September 28.

Watch the trailer below.

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