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"Be thankful young Joan Jett didn't take to the clarinet. And be thankful to her parents for buying a cheap Silvertone guitar that would inspire her to rock away her hormones with her all-girl punk outfit, the Runaways, in the 1970s and rule the charts in the 80s with the Blackhearts and other bands." —Vanity Fair

"Before we even dropped it onto our coffee table to see how it looked there, we flipped through to see the sweet pictures of Jett that comprise most of the book." —New York Magazine

"While it's a look into the life of a rock and roll goddess, it's simultaneously a celebration of women, and not in that Indigo-girls-drum-circle, revolutionize-your-life-by-abandoning-crucial-habits-of-personal-hygiene kind of way." —Juxtapoz Magazine

"Joan Jett really doesn't need to give a damn about her reputation; with a seminal band, a slew of hit singles, and now a movie and a book under her belt, she's one of rock'n'roll's most iconic figures." —Nylon Magazine

About the Author

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV's House of Style, Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC's Today, as well as on MTV's enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers' homes in the likeness of their favorite stars' abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ammo Books; 1st edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By suecag on March 26, 2010
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It seems I have been waiting forever for a Joan Jett book to come out. This book is fantastically full of great photos. I definitely recommend it and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. Besides the great photos, there is also text in this book and it's exciting to finally read about Joan in a nice hardcover book rather than a magazine article.

But it's a tease. The problem is that there's not much text, not much biography or writing about music in here and I was very let-down after reading what the author wrote in the back, about how much info he has about Joan - that he didn't put in the book. Here's what he wrote: "...I reviewed three decades of printed and taped interviews with Joan, which was a dizzying treat. I then conducted eight hours of taped conversations with Joan and combined the two..." What?! And this small amount of text is all we get? It's such a tease. I'm guessing they didn't have enough time before the Runaways movie release.

I hope there will be a second volume coming someday in the future.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Reznicek on March 23, 2010
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This lovingly packaged autobiography/photo-essay combines a wealth of rare photos (emphasizing Joan's early days, extending through her 1980's chart-hits peak and 1990's "Riot Grrl" revival) with short, sharp bursts of commentary, as well as recollections from special guests Kathleen Hanna, Kenny Laguna, and others. Joan's writing wisely leaves much to the imagination, while managing to be revealing and disarmingly personable. Don't purchase this book expecting a juicy rock n' roll confessional: "Joan Jett" keeps it tabloid-trash free, while focusing on Joan's earliest (and enduring) personal passions and her closely-held beliefs on life, music, and the entertainment industry. Think of it as a high-fashion scrapbook memoir of one of rock's uniquely (and often unintentionally) influential figures - who incidentally happens to be a woman.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bette VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
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I was so excited about this book. After all, Todd Oldman + Joan Jett, how could it possibly suck?! Well, it does.

It's basically a photography book with little else, and seeing as how Joan worked with Todd to put this thing together, there should be much more text. We've all seen *most* of the photos here, there is very little new to us, except for Joan as a baby, little girl and young adult. The rest are publicity, album and video photos throughout the years, but mostly just the 80's, and what's up with that?? There are a couple of pages of handwritten lyrics, and of memorabilia such as the JJ&BH Wonderbread card.

In an interview, Oldham made it sound like he worked laboriously on this book, but considering his design aesthetic, well it is simply not to be found in this book! It's basically mostly black pages with blocked photos, and where is the creativity in that? Seems thrown together, and there *is* no creativity in simply choosing a bunch of photos, mostly from one era, and laying them out monotonously.

This could easily have been a much more interesting anthology had Joan inserted some interesting anecdotes from specific times of her life, her career, or even the photo shoot/photographer. Something. Anything but old quotes we read 20-30 years ago.

A real disappointment for longtime Jett fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jettfan on March 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is more beautiful than I had imagined. What a work of art, the photo's were mostly from earlier in her career. A lot of photo's from her time with The Runaways and an adorable photo of baby Joan in a bath with a rubber ducky, priceless. I was quite surprised to see so many family photo's, Joan usually lives a very private life. The cover it beautiful, and the paper quality is superb, to say the least. This is a treasure for any Jetthead to have, it will sit on my coffee table for all to enjoy. I can't wait to get it signed, it has a perfect bright yellow blank page opposite a beautiful photo of Joan for signing. Lot's of live shots, quite a few from the 1989 5 night stand of sold out shows on Broadway March 1-5 with Joan leaning into a dazed crowd while performing "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Great live photo's of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts playing to huge stadium crowds. There is a lot of commentary given by Joan, her memories of The Runaways. Awsome chapter titled "Whoa what was that" Kenny on Joan and an incredible introduction by Kathleen Hanna in which she refers to Joan as a total wierdo. It is the perfect gift for any Joan Jett fan. Well done! I love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger S. on April 17, 2010
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This is a GREAT book for those interested in Joan Jett & the Runaways. The book takes you back to the roots of the group and the efforts of Joan to start a rock band.
She gives many insights into the "LA" club scene & how a group of teenage girls changed Rock & Roll.
Joan gives an honest account of the of her efforts to form the group and what it took to keep them together. After the Runaways break up in 1978, she takes you into to her world where she was selling her albums out of a back of a car and was rejected by almost every record company.
While reading this book, you really get to know the author. She is extremely talented but very humble at the same time. You sense that she REALLY cares about her fans and she always stays true to her music. I respect her because no matter how bad things got, she never potrayed herself as a victim.
Of special interest is her relationship with Cherie Currie. With the release of the "Runaways" movie, this book, along with Cherie's "NEON ANGEL" gives a rich history of music in the 70"s & 80"s.
Added to the story, there are many great photos of Joan & friends from the 70"s to the present. This is definitely a book that any fan would want to have in their collection. A big "thank you" to Joan for sharing her world with us!
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