Joan Jett Sues Over Planned Runaways Tribute Album

Joan Jett and ex-bandmate Cherie Currie have put a legal stop to a tribute album to their former band The Runaways.

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Joan Jett and ex-bandmate Cherie Currie have put a legal stop to a tribute album to their former band The Runaways.

The double album "Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Queens Of Noise" was to be released by Main Main Records reports website IOL.

Amongst those paying tribute to the glam-punk band were Shonen Knife and New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Jett and Currie's lawyer Oren J. Warshavsky said: "This isn't about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for."

The Runaways broke up in 1979, but are often cited as a key influence on the likes of The Go-Go's, Hole and Bikini Kill.

Last year, Jett produced a film based on the band's career, "The Runaways", which starred Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    elvor0
    Seems odd, they must have a good reason for it, I'd be well chuffed if they were making a tribute album to my band 30 years after it broke up.
    rockstarbear
    Joan's always been very protective over the Runaways material, even not allowing any songs to be used in the great Edgeplay documentary. Can't blame her, it doesn't look good for preserving the Runaways legacy when the third most recognizable artist on the 2-cd tribute album is Robbie Rist, Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch.
    Jesus_Dean
    rockstarbear wrote: Joan's always been very protective over the Runaways material, even not allowing any songs to be used in the great Edgeplay documentary. Can't blame her, it doesn't look good for preserving the Runaways legacy when the third most recognizable artist on the 2-cd tribute album is Robbie Rist, Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch.
    Basically this!
    theotherguy7145
    "This isn't about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for." This surprised me. This is one of the few situations where I'd say that they're justified in suing them over monetary issues; So that the makers of the tribute aren't cashing in on The Runaways songs! Either way though, Joan Jett's awesome. More respect for her reasons as they are tbh!
    X DogBert X
    this is bullshit. this is clearly for money. how could this be ruining their 'reputation'? it's just a tribute band. they should feel flattered that anybody actually gives a shit about their music anymore
    silver_haze
    X DogBert X wrote: this is bullshit. this is clearly for money. how could this be ruining their 'reputation'? it's just a tribute band. they should feel flattered that anybody actually gives a shit about their music anymore
    that would have been the case in the last...31 year span, not after a movie comes out about them and sparks up some public interest