Monday, May 20, 2024

Joan Jett Sues to Stop Charity Tribute Album


Joan Jett may be very charitable but not–her detractors say–when she doesn’t approve it. Jett and former Runaways partner Cherie Currie are now suing MainMan Records to stop them from distributing a charity tribute album of Jett/Runaways songs. The album, “Take it Or Leave It,” features Runaways covers from The Donnas, Shonen Knife, Bebe Buell Band, Care Bears on Fire. members of the Beastie Boys and others. MainMan’s Keith Roth had planned to give proceeds to the American Cancer Institute in memory of Sandy West, the Runaways drummer. But apparently, according to sources, Jett’s manager Kenny Laguna didn’t like the project because he wasn’t involved in it. Now Jett and Currie have filed suit using law firm Baker Hostetler to enjoin the release. Ironically, I’m told, Currie actually sings on one of the tracks–“American Nights” the one Roth produced with his own band, Frankenstein 3000.

PS A source says all the songs were cleared for use. If so, it sounds like Jett and Laguna may just have to endure having good artists play their music for charity. Yikes.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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