You got nothing to lose. You don't lose when you lose fake friends.— Joan Jett
The most passioned Joan Jett quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
Just be yourself and everything will fall in line, the way it's supposed to be.
If you're yourself, that's the best thing you can do, because you can never go "damn if I'd only been myself." Live an authentic life and you don't have to worry about your reputation.
Rock and roll by its nature is sexual.
So girls playing rock and roll is saying to the world, "We own our sexuality." I think that pop music is sort of about "you can do what you want to me" kind of energy, while rock and roll is "I'm going to do what I want to you" kind of energy.
Success isn't one straight line - it's a ladder, and there's always another rung above you to reach out for. Like anything else, there are ups and downs.
You gotta not care about what people think in general about you.
I'm not talking about bad stuff, if you're a nasty person, because I don't consider myself a mean person, I consider that I know what i want and I'm tough. But I'm very emotional and un-tough on a lot of levels, I cry very easily, I'm sensitive and I don't think that's a bad thing.
I don't give a damn about my reputation. You're living in the past, it's a new generation.
In pop music, you say, 'You can do what you want to me.
' Rock 'n' roll says, 'I'm gonna do what I want to you.'
If you really believe in yourself, you cannot listen to other people.
Women are still second-class citizens.
You follow any family around, you're going to see elation, you're going to see disharmony.
If you are gonna live your life, just try to not be crazy, have fun but have some focus and some purpose and try to know what that is. If you don't know now, try to figure it out.
I'm really happy doing what I'm doing.
I'm not looking to do anything else. I love what I do. I love music. I love playing. I love touring.
Women play cellos and violins in symphony orchestras.
They're playing Beethoven and Bach. What do you mean they can't play rock and roll?
The thing I get out of it is the connection.
I remember going to shows as a kid and meeting eyes with the people in the band, and knowing they are meeting eyes with you, and that moment, that smile, and that's your moment. I want to create millions of little moments for other people.
I started The Runaways with Sandy West.
We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. So underrated, she was the caliber of John Bonham. I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her, we changed the world.
Egotistical people are not pretty. We all know that, I'm sure everybody knows an egotistical person someplace.
I wanted to be an actor, an astrologer, an astronaut;
a lot of different things were going through my mind. But I also wanted to play guitar. I mentioned to my parents that I wanted an electric guitar for Christmas. They got me one! I sat there all Christmas morning making a lot of loud horrible noise.
Can't break free from the things that you do.
I wanna walk, but I run back to you, that's why I hate myself for loving you.
I don't pay attention. I don't read stuff or message boards because you definitely get affected. You can read a hundred great comments, amazing comments, and have one bad one and that is all you can focus on and it wrecks your day. It says something about negativity and how it draws us somehow.
Vegan With A Vengeance is on my kitchen shelf.
This fun and creative book is delicious for people like me, who don’t eat pets.
There's nothing wrong with being single and not getting married and being, you know, just an old single lady. Who cares?
A girl playing rock and roll, it's saying I own my sexuality and I'm going to tell you what I'm going to do. And I think people just find that threatening.
Obviously, the music and lyrics are in me, but if I let myself get in my own way, I do. I empty out and let it come, and then the music spirits take over.
The thing that sometimes gets lost is people look at the harder edge of me .
.. the leather jacket and the tough rock 'n' roll attitude... and get the wrong impression that I'm mean. That's really something I don't want people to think because I don't think that's the case.
I think what I'm going to do is get more balance in my life to still be able to go out and play the hard rock 'n' roll and do what I like to do in music
Fetish is a straight-up sex song.
The Runaways' audience was 90 percent male.
That was kind of depressing...Why don't women-our own gender-come out and support us?
A lot of people would say "well that's not a bad reputation.
you sound like a pussy" and I would say yea. but I am passionate about music and being taken seriously about my music, so if you're going to mess with that, we have a problem.
You can never say never. I'm not sure if I even want to. I just don't know. Some of it is just not able to be reached, you can't remember some of it and the people that could help you remember have passed away. It might have to remain a remain.
Get a book, so you know where to put your fingers.
Otherwise it would be tough to learn. Also you have to fight through getting callouses on your fingers because it hurts, you are pressing your fingers on metal strings, they will hurt at first until you start building up callouses.
It's hard to have a dialogue when you're name-calling.
I think it's important to have mystique.
People don't want to see women doing things they don't think women should do.
I've always got something to say.
It's very tough to give advice because it's tough out there for everybody but for a girl it's even tougher, because I don't think the glass ceiling has changed at all in the past 30 years. Otherwise the radio would be covered with girl bands, or girls in bands, so I don't think much has changed on that level. But I think that bands can still have a lot of success trying to go another route.
The most important thing is being genuine, and real, and not getting caught up in the "Star-Ness" of it. You don't want to act like a star around other people. You have to watch it, and you want to stay grounded, it's very important, and that's probably what I have learned most because you definitely have opportunities to let your ego run wild and you have to keep your ego in check.
For me the challenge isn't to be different but to be consistent.
I think the one-on-one gigs connecting with the fans - is the most important thing. That will help build your fan base. They'll talk about you, and word spreads. Those things are just as important as knowing how to play an E chord.
I don't really care if you think I'm strange--I ain't gonna change!
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The only good thing you ever said was goodbye.
We were really grown up for our age and it was an incredible special band.
I fiercely protect my privacy. I just don't think it's everyone's business to know every little detail about my life. That's just the way I've handled myself.
Well you know I've been in that place too where you worry about what everybody thinks of you, am I popular, do people care, are they looking at me, all that stuff. That's a drag, man. Having to worry about fitting in, am I cool enough to ANYTHING.
I learned how to scream from Marc Bolan.
Happiness doesn't necessarily lie in material things.
You just have to put yourself in a position to be happy. If you can do what you love for a living, that's a good start.
That's the sad thing about it, is that you don't know.
And you certainly don't know when you quickly meet somebody. But even as you know somebody longer, it's really hard to know. Obviously you go on your gut feeling but that can be wrong too. ANd it's terrible to have to be wary about people, because it is not my nature, but I've been burned a few times and you just have to careful.
I remember thinking that Janis Joplin sang like Mae West talked.
When I first heard the primal scream in 'Piece Of My Heart,' I was hooked. 'Cheap Thrills,' Janis 'Live' with Big Brother And The Holding Company, was one of my all time faves. During the 'whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa's' in 'Combination Of Two,' I couldn't help but go to the mirror and pretend I was a wild woman like Janis, in a rock band.