Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jagger, Jett, and more...

Mick Jagger has teamed up with Ben Affleck to produce a new documentary short which will raise the awareness of Congolese families ripped apart and displaced by a decade of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reuters reported that the film, called Gimme Shelter after the Rolling Stones' 1969 classic, sheds light on the estimated 1.3 million displaced people in Congo, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

Jagger said in a statement, "I hope this video will help highlight the plight of the... displaced people and also the thousands of innocent people who are needlessly losing their lives there."

Affleck, who directed the film and has traveled to central Africa four times since 2007, explained, "Too much of the world is indifferent or looking the other way. I'm urging people not to look the other way, not to turn off their TV when news of the violence in the DRC comes on."

The film will be distributed online at as well as on TV and the big screen.
Joan Jett revealed that she owes large part of her career to the Who. Jett spoke to Rolling Stone and explained that the band believed in her material enough to set her up with free studio time at their Rampart Studios to record her debut album in 1980.

Jett explained, "We would not have been able to make that record if they hadn't helped us. They basically let us record what became Bad Reputation and (said), 'Pay us when you can.' (My manager) Kenny (Laguna) had been friends with the Who and Bill Curbishley, who was their manager for many years. They let us come into their place and do it."

Along with the classic title track, Jett's Bad Reputation album featured covers of "You Don't Own Me," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," "Shout," and "Wooly Bully."

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