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Joan Jett and Cherie Currie sue over Runaways tribute album

on June 10, 2011, 10:36am

The 36-track Runaways tribute album, Take It or Leave It: A Tribute To The Queens of Noise, has a lot going for it. Artists like The Donnas, David Johannsen, White Flag, Kittie, Peaches, and Frankenstein 3000 have all contributed covers. What’s more, a portion of the proceeds have been promised to the American Institute For Cancer Research, in honor of The Runaways‘ late Sandy West. However, there’s a little road block that may keep it on Main Man Records’ shelves for good. According to the Associated Press, one-time bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Currie filed suit Thursday, June 9th to stop the album’s forthcoming June 28th release.

The suit cites that Main Man Records used Jett’s and Currie’s names and images to promote the album without their permission, and allegedly implied that Jett had given the project her blessing when she had not done so. Instead, Jett states the release was set-up by an ex-employee without her or Currie’s permission. The suit does seek unspecified damages, but according to their attorney Oren J. Warshavsky, “This isn’t about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for.” Main Man Records has yet to respond, but the album details still grace their website’s front page.

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