Wed 9/26 @ 7:30PM
The Runaways, an all-girl band out of Los Angeles, attracted a lot of media attention and adulation in the mid 70s for the “jailbait” presentation engineered by their manager Kim Fowley for the teens. They weren’t very good but they garnered a cult following.
Two of the members went on to have significant musical afterlives: guitarist Lita Ford as a metal goddess and, of course, Joan Jett, who acquired a sort of punk-rock image and had several hits such as “I Love Rock and Roll.”
The new documentary, Bad Reputation, named after another of her hits, explores how she went from being in a novelty band to being a significant artist who influenced several generations of musicians, especially women, coming up behind her. It features interviews with Jett, as well as her associates, along with archival footage. The film, which screened at the Cleveland Internatioal Film Festival, now returns for a one-night showing at the Capitol Theatre.
Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children and $8.75 for students.