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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVE THOMPSON is the author of the highly acclaimed Kurt Cobain bio Never Fade Away as well as books on Cream, George Clinton, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others. He is also a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, MOJO, AllMusic Guide, and Melody Maker. His most recent Backbeat book is Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By review4u on September 24, 2011
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As an avid Joan Jett and The Blackhearts fan, I was disappointed with the book. There is a tremendous amount of information about Jett's music but almost nothing about her, herself. Most of Jett's fans already know alot about her music but no one really knows about the person behind it. The reader of this book will not find anything personal about her..nothing about her relationships with family, friends, and even the Blackhearts themselves. Most of the information about Jett, comes from various interviews that fans have already read. As a lover of rock-n-roll music, it would have been nice to read something of substance about this iconic woman rocker-and I do not mean juicy tidbits either. So if you want to find out who Jett is, I wouldn't bother reading this book at all! However, if you are interested in her music career only, than you won't be disappointed.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By SarahK66 on September 6, 2011
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I was hoping to know the "real" Joan Jett and all the backstage mayhem like other books about rockstars "Please Kill Me" and "Dirt", but there was none. The author goes on and on about each recording Jett ever did and what happened in the studio (boring),but good information if you want to know how it all went down in the 1980's. Also I have to point this out as an author myself, there is a picture with Joan and Bikini Kill and it is dated 2004 which is wrong. The picture was actually taken in 1994. In 2004 Kathleen Hanna was living in New York and in the band Le Tigre and Joan was working on other projects. If you are looking to live through Joan vicariously in this book and to get to know the real lady behind the rockstardom then don't bother, but if you just want to know the facts of her recordings then buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By toby on October 10, 2011
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like alot of joan jett fans im curious about her back story. i ordered this just to see what its about but all you have to do is watch interviews with her from back when she started up the blackhearts, this chick is guarded and she doesnt air her dirty laundry in public. i get the feeling shes never gonna dig that hard into her life for the public. i think the closest were gonna gets the movie "the runaways" because it was done by her and cherie currey. Even though after reading "neon angel" a few things were changed (and in cherie curreys case a whole lot of the book was left out <and if youve read the book "neon angel" you may make the same assumption that i have of why-its pretty hard core, a bit much for the silver screen id guess-> but even in that book there was such little about joan. in the documentary "edgeplay" she wasnt in it, other than clips from the band performing. ive loved her music all the way through the runaways, evil stig and the blackhearts but i get the feelin were never gonna know much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jogger on April 8, 2012
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It must be strange being Joan Jett. She has so many dedicated fans, yet you read the other reviews of this book and nobody seems to care about her music, her influence or her career. They just want the dirt and the scandal. They want to know the things that (as one reviewer points out) she has kept private, and rightfully so.

The author of this book acknowledges that in his introduction, stating outright this is not a book about backstage bad behavior and scurrilous misdeeds. It is a book about her music and her career - because isn't that what she should be remembered for? I would hope so, but clearly the other reviewers here disagree.

Which is a shame because this is an excellent book, placing Joan and her music in the context of the times in which they existed, telling her story with enthusiasm and excitement. As for accusations that all of the interviews were taken from elsewhere, again read the book. Joan herself was not interviewed but many others were.

None of them seem to have talked about her sex life, though. Clearly they respect her more than the other reviewers on this page do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rocktunes4u on March 9, 2014
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I'm not a 'Jett head', I'm just a fan of her music. I got this book at a good price, but after reading it... it left me feeling like it was written by someone who just complied a bunch of old interview and put them together in order. There's a lot of facts in here, and that is good. But I bought this book to learn more about Joan, not about other musicians. There's really not much FACTS on Joan here, so I guess the writer had to add all sorts of boring details about other people. Near the end I found myself skipping a lot of parts just to get to the stuff about Joan. As a music lover, it really bothered me how the author put his own opinions about what music was good and what was not. And just because you can use big words does not make you a good author. Save your cash and just google and youtube old interviews.
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This book covers the time in Joan's life from her early days; just starting out with the Runaways to the making of the movie the Runaways. There are a few details about her early life and family at the beginning of the book but not a lot of personal information about that time in her life. What liked most about this book was the information about how she switched from the Runaways to the Blackhearts and all that was involved with that. Also the trouble she had getting the industry and music labels to accept her and her band; that's a part of her life I knew very little about. What I liked least about the book was how often Dave Thompson added his own opinions on bands and artists within the music industry. If your going to be critical of the other artists of that era; a biography about someone else is'nt the best place to do that; because people are tempted to think the person your writing about feels the same way and they may not. I also felt he went on and on at times about other bands in the music scene at that time (late 70's early 80's); and while interesting, these stories often had little to nothing to do with Joan Jett. Of course the best thing would be if Joan wrote her own memoirs so we could see how she feels about these things for herself. That's the book I'm waiting for.
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