In a recent interview, 1980s punk pioneer Joan Jett described what it’s like to be a woman on the rock scene and shared her thoughts on touring with bands that have often been accused of chauvinism.
In the interview published by rolling stone yesterday (May 10), the punk guitarist discussed his upcoming stadium tour with Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Poison – bands accused of sexism.
“If I were to eliminate all the bands that you thought were problematic, I mean, there wouldn’t be many left,” she explained. “I think everyone is a little… Relax, it’s music.”
Jett went on to describe her time in the industry, reflecting on the advice she would give to her younger self regarding the attitudes you receive as a woman in the rock scene.
“[I would tell my younger self to] trying to control my emotions a little better. When I was younger, [I was] very emotional, in a way that I would be very offended if people were talking about “girls can’t rock” whatever that was.
She goes on to explain that she is no longer fazed working alongside groups accused of being misogynistic:
“It’s very common, all over rock and roll. Look, all I can do as the woman that I am is go out there and show another perspective and do it my way,” she says. “I would say [it’s] probably not as misogynistic [now…] because you get crushed online and people seem to care. Doesn’t mean it changes who they are [on a personal level], so maybe it’s dangerous. He goes underground. But I think things are changing.
Looking to the future of the scene, Jett went on to list the names of artists she says are “carrying the torch” for women in rock music, insisting that female-led bands such as Fea are changing the landscape for upcoming artists.
Joan Jett will embark on The stadium tour with her band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on June 16. Tickets are available on the band’s website.
The full interview with Joan Jett is available at rolling stone.