The Runaways movie was by far the biggest Joan Jett project of 2009, but it wasn’t the only one. Here is a summary of all of the books, movies, and TV shows from 2009 that contained either appearances by Joan, contributions by Joan, or references to Joan.
1. The Girls Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom, by Jessica Hopper, published June 2009. If you’re a girl and want to start a band, this book offers advice on everything from the best places to buy your instruments to the ins and outs of marketing. Joan’s testimonial is on the cover:
“A great read, full of useful info—the perfect tool for anyone looking to dive in.”–Joan Jett
Read an interview with the author HERE.
2. Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (the Ramones Years): A Punk Love Story, by Vera Ramone King, published June 2009. There’s a picture of Joan in this book. (This is one of those things that I would never know if it wasn’t for the Sinners message board.) I don’t know what the picture is or what page it’s on. Can anybody help me out?
3. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story behind the Song, published November 2009. The writers of 101 popular songs tell the stories of how and why each song came about. Joan Jett’s story about “Bad Reputation” appears on page 167.
2009 Movies (that are not The Runaways):
1. Endless Bummer. A group of friends band together to track down a stolen prized surfboard. Joan Jett’s character, Dell, provides one of the clues leading to the board’s whereabouts. Matthew Lillard and Jane Leeves also star in the film. Joan and The Blackhearts covered the Missing Persons song “Destination Unknown” for the soundtrack, available on Blackheart Records, which also contains a great cover of “Bad Reputation” by The Dollyrots. See pics of Joan as Dell at endlessbummerthemovie.com and watch the trailer here:
2. Repo! The Genetic Opera. This movie, a rock-opera/musical, opened to a limited release at the end of 2008 and was released on DVD in 2009. The story takes place in a future where people who can’t pay for their transplanted organs get them repossessed. Gross. Joan has a cameo playing guitar during the song “17” with Alexa Vega. The Repo Man is played by Anthony Stewart Head, AKA Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Yay!) Here’s a clip of Joan:
3. Lock and Roll Forever. Joan plays Charlotte Superstar in this story about the adventures of the all-girl Japanese rock band OreSkaBand. I don’t think this has been released on DVD in America yet, but it was released as Girls Just Wanna Rock in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. The film also stars Lucas Grabeel from the High School Musical movies. Read more about it HERE. Here’s the trailer:
4. Urgh! A Music War. Originally released in 1981, Urgh! A Music War was finally released on DVD in 2009. Long regarded as one of the greatest live music films EVER, it contains performances from many punk and New Wave acts, including, of course, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, who perform “Bad Reputation.” Read more HERE.
5. Kick-Ass. Joan’s “Bad Reputation” appears in the trailer, which was released in 2009. The movie will premiere on April 16, 2010.
6. Angel Camouflaged. In October, The Post and Courier announced that Joan would appear in the film Angel Camouflaged with singer Dilana, but she was later replaced by Patty Smyth (of Scandal fame) because of conflicts with The Runaways movie.
2009 Random Joan On TV:
1. The Beautiful Life premiered on The CW in September and used Joan’s version of “Do You Wanna Touch Me” in the opening scene. Source.
2.Ugly Betty. In the “Backseat Betty” episode that originally aired on 11/13/09, Betty’s nephew Justin wore an Up Your Alley Joan Jett and the Blackhearts t-shirt during the first 15 minutes of the show. Source. Watch the full episode at ABC or Hulu. The shirt appears after the first commercial break. Here’s a screencap brought to you by yours truly: