Main Man Records Responds To Joan Jett Lawsuit
June 10, 2011
Main Man Records has issued this response to the press reports commenced by Joan Jett and Cherie Currie regarding the release of ‘Take It Or Leave It – A Tribute To The Queens of Noise: The Runaways’.
Says the label, “Thirty six bands have donated their recordings of songs to this project, partly in tribute to a band that has influenced and entertained them all, but also with the hope of raising funds for cancer research. The American Institute for Cancer Research are in full support of our efforts and Main Man Records will be donating our net proceeds in memory of Sandy West who lost her battle with the disease in 2006.
There are more than one hundred artists in total involved in this tribute; a project that was made with the best of intentions. As with Main Man Record’s previous tribute releases, the writers of all the songs will be paidas the publishing has been appropriately secured. It is true that several people at Main Man have worked for, performed with and counted as friends, members of The Runaways, which only added to our dedication to the integrity of this tribute. Our presentation of the project has not focused on anyone in particular, but the excellence of the band as a whole. We find it terribly sad that a great, charitable record of rock songs honoring five legends could be deemed possibly sullying anyone’s image, and hope that the record will be received by music fans in the spirit in which it was intended.
Main Man Records has not been contacted, served with a complaint or any legal papers and are not in a position to address these claims, but we will vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.”
‘Take It Or Leave It’, a 2-disc tribute to The Runaways featuring The Dandy Warhols, The Donnas, Care Bears on Fire, David Johansen, Shonen Knife, Peaches and more, is scheduled to be released on June 28th through Main Man Records and pre-orders are being taken now at mainmanrecords.com. The CD was also set to include two performances by original Runaways band members: lead vocalist Cherie Currie’s rocking remake of fan-favorite “American Nights,” and “Dirty Magazines”, the last recording made by drummer Sandy West with her band Blue Fox.