Joan Jett Sues In NY Over Planned Runaways Tribute Album
June 9, 2011
Joan Jett loves rock and roll, but not on a tribute album she says an ex-employee put together without her permission.
The “I Love Rock `n Roll” singer-guitarist and 1970s bandmate Cherie Currie sued in New York on Thursday to stop the June 28 release of “Take It or Leave It: A Tribute to the Queens of Noise,” an intended homage to their punk band, the Runaways.
They said that Main Man Records used their names to promote the album without their say-so and that a Main Man staffer who once worked at Jett’s record label implied the project had her blessing.
Eatontown, N.J.-based Main Man didn’t immediately respond to email and Twitter messages. No working telephone number could be found for Main Man or Jett’s former employee.
‘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.