See Lars Ulrich Interview Joan Jett on Sexism in Rock, Playing Nirvana Songs, More | Revolver

See Lars Ulrich Interview Joan Jett on Sexism in Rock, Playing Nirvana Songs, More

Metallica drummer and Hall of Fame rocker go deep on Beats 1's 'It's Electric'

This Sunday (January 6th), at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m., on his radio show It's Electric! on Beats 1 on Apple Music, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will air his recent conversation with rock & roll icon Joan Jett. The two musicians discussed such topics as sexism in the Seventies glam-rock scene, Jetts' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the documentary on her life Bad Reputation.

In the clip above, Jett outlines her headline-making 2014 performances of Nirvana songs with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at and following the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. "We were all grinning ear to ear," she recalls. "I remember looking at Pat, he had a big grin on his face. When I looked at Dave, all you could see was the hair, right?" She credits Novoselic for helping get her inducted into the Hall the following year. "I still have to thank Krist really, for getting me in there," she says. "He made it very obvious that I wasn't in yet, when Nirvana was up there. They put on the pressure." 

Jett, known for her trailblazing role as a leader for women in music, then tackles the topic of sexism in the America's Seventies glam-rock scene. In the clip below, she notes goth rocker Siouxsie Sioux's fame in England with her band the Banshees and compares that to Sioux's inability to break into the U.S. charts. "Girls can master the guitar. They can play rock & roll," she says enthusiastically. "What you're saying is society doesn't allow women to access their sexuality in relation to music ... Once they do that, they're whores, they're sluts, they're dykes." 

Ulrich also brings up Bad Reputation, a documentary on Jett's career, which she describes as "an emotional journey." She renounces viewers who wanted a more exposé-type piece on her after-hours partying, claiming "most of that stuff was long, long ago ... it's so hard to be on the road. It's work, and you bust your balls, and you're tired as shit — at least for me — and the last thing I wanna do at the end of the night is go hang out with anybody."