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Claim: Rocker Joan Jett sent an angry letter to Rolling Stone magazine to complain about their "Women in Rock" issue.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002.]
Origins: The 31 October 2002 issue of the venerable music publication Rolling Stone was a special issue dedicated to the subject of "Women in Rock." Featuring a cover shot of Shakira, Britney Spears, and
Any such magazine survey inevitably draws a good deal of criticism about which artists were included (or excluded), how much prominence they were given, and what was said about them, prompting letters of complaint from both readers and musicians. Rolling Stone printed several such letters in its
However, this letter is worded rather strangely for one supposedly written by Joan Jett, as it refers to her (and other artists) in the third person. Not surprisingly, with a cursory check we find that Joan Jett's web site displays the following disclaimer on its opening page:
Hi everyone,Continuing on to the web site of artist Maya Price, we find the full text of the letter reproduced there, with a note from Maya indicating that she did indeed write it and send it to the editors of Rolling Stone on
We are sorry for the confusion, but Joan Jett did NOT write the open letter to Rolling Stone, rather it was written by Maya Price, a talented performer and writer in New York City, and it was forwarded to us.
I loved the content, but we had nothing to do with writing it.
Thanks for the strong response to it.
Last updated: 14 May 2007
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