- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ammo Books; First Edition 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: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joan Jett Hardcover – Unabridged, March 19, 2010
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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
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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.
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!