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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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While I love Joan Jett and enjoyed getting to sort of know her a bit because she does seem like an intensely private person which indeed makes her seem intimidating as she even acknowledges in the book- she says she's really not all that scary and is really nice etc.- I found this book to be lacking any interesting detail about this incredible icon who pioneered the way for women in rock- though she is adamant that she doesn't want to be remembered for that.

Instead she thinks of herself as a rock & roller who sings/writes music/plays rhythm guitar/produces/performs to the best of her abilities and just happens to be a woman. Aside from a few anecdotes, lessons learned and words of wisdom as well as some clarity surrounding the mystery of her personality (NOT her personal life) all we get is an obnoxiously oversized (and overpriced) cumbersome book of pictures of Joan doing various things besides rocking with her guitar. I do like to see pictures in a book, but how many times do you need to put the basically same shot of Joan either sitting, standing or lying down with her beloved Cheap Trick or Sex Pistols T-shirts on?

She did talk about the Runaways in pretty good detail as well as the Blackhearts but I wanted to hear about some other stuff like her experience working on the film "Light Of Day" with Michael J. Fox. She did not make one mention of it in the book. And BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN even wrote the single just for her! Plus I found it appalling that she mentioned how they got famous by having their single played on the radio stations... HELLO? Has Joan Jett forgotten that without MTV probably NONE of the 80's bands would have been as famous or successful as they became?
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A picture book. With subpar quality photos. Nothing new or revealing about Joan Jett. This book is more suitable as a fan club give-away. Not something you buy at a book store. This was a dissapointment. Inside most pics have been published already. And some of the nicer ones are either too small, in B/W, or obscured by the binding..Another missed oppourtunity for Joan...Too bad because she is past due fo a full biography along with a proper presentation of her image.
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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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