So, last weekend, this happened.
Yes, that’s Joan Jett, the reigning Queen of Rock & Roll, next to me. What you may not know is how much of a hero this woman has been to me for a long, long time.
Consider this: When people told her she was too young, she rocked anyways. When people told her she was a woman, she rocked. I can only speculate on how many other ways people tried to stop her from just being too Joan Jett over her 4 decade (and counting) career - too punk, too small, too bold, too sexy, too vegan, too badass, too audacious, too feminist, etc. Now in her 50s, when I’m sure people are saying she’s too old, she’s still rocking. In fact, she just rocked her way into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shredding on a guitar emblazoned with the words: girls kick.
Truly, she hasn’t given a damn ‘bout her bad reputation1. In no flowery or uncertain terms, she penned an anthem for womem to be who they are without fear and without apology. She chose to eschew the pervasive “be a good girl” messaging and just “be.” She walks her talk. She rocks her growl impressively without ego nor arrogance. She blazed a path for women to follow.
For these reasons, I’ve always wanted to simply thank her for giving women a voice. Thanks to my amazing husband2 and the fabulous Julie Rader, I got to do just that. With a cool, yet humble, energy that cuts through any fangirl nerves in the room, she leaned in and said, “Thanks for noticing.”
Yup, girls certainly do kick, Joan.
￼ 1 Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeYn_W14zTU 2 Craig produced Joan’s Underground Garage radio show on SiriusXM for 5 years.