Limited edition famous vegetarian US postage stamps still available from PETA

Joan Jett is one of 20 famous vegetarians featured on real United States postage stamps, released in limited edition by PETA. Read more about it at


Click here to purchase while they are still available!

(Note to those in the U.S.: These are 44 cent stamps, and postage is going up to 45 cents in January. But you probably won’t spend these, will you? 😉 )

“J” is for Joan Jett!

Parents, now your younger children can learn about rock ‘n’ roll without any of the sleaze that you and your teenagers get to enjoy. 😉

The ABCs of Rock, by Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison (a graphic artist team known as Print Mafia), is an illustrated children’s book that teaches kids ages 4 to 8 all about some of the best music out there, including AC/DC, David Bowie, The Clash, and, of course, Joan Jett!

The book is available now in stores and on Amazon.

I’m blogging on the run, so I’ll grab the cover art for this post later.

Rock on kiddies!

“Joan Jett” book by Todd Oldham moved up to March 19th

Cover of the Joan Jett book, Ammo Books

The Todd Oldham book “Joan Jett” is now set for release on March 19th, according to Amazon. It was originally going to be released on April 15th. You can preorder it HERE. Amazon has also added some pages of the book to their page, on the left under the picture of the cover. Very pretty!

Amazon’s original description of the book made it seem like it was a memoir written by Joan, but that is not the case. The Amazon description has since been clarified with more details:

Product Description

Rock-and-roll goddess Joan Jett holds a beloved place in the world of music. She started her first band, The Runaways, at age fifteen and has blazed a trail that has inspired and thrilled her fans to this day. AMMO Books is proud to release this authorized, loving tribute conceived and authored by designer Todd Oldham. The book chronicles all aspects of her career and passions through images—from forming The Runaways, to her years of touring with her band, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. JOAN JETT features many never-before-seen photos, ephemera, and excerpts from thirty years worth of interviews, carefully curated with Joan herself, covering the multi-decade career of a real rock-and-roll icon. A thoughtful introduction written by renown indie rocker and Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna brings context to this exciting title.

Joan Jett is a revered songwriter, musician, and American icon. In keeping with her pioneering spirit, she went on to be the first woman to start her own independent rock label, Blackheart Records. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Greatest Hits compilation will be released in March 2010 , and a film based on The Runaways starring Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, will be released on March 19, 2010.

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.

Read more about the book and see more pictures from it on Ammo’s website HERE.

I can’t wait for this!

I’ll update the March schedule to include this soon.

Joan Jett essay in Iggy & The Stooges’ “Raw Power” reissue

The 1973 "Raw Power" album cover. Source: Wikipedia

Iggy and the Stooges are re-releasing their 1973 album Raw Power with a mother lode of cool extras. The ‘Deluxe Edition’ includes a 7-inch booklet containing essays and testimonials from Joan Jett, Henry Rollins, Lou Reed, and others.

The ‘Deluxe Edition’ is due out April 27th. There will also be a ‘Legacy Edition’ out on April 13th, but that version won’t include the essay booklet.

The ‘Deluxe Edition’ includes unreleased songs, a DVD, and more. Read more about what each edition includes HERE and HERE.

The first song on Raw Power is “Search and Destroy”–check it out:


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts covered The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (from their 1969 album The Stooges) on the 1988 Up Your Alley album. I wish she’d start performing that one again!

Source — watch this on YouTube and read the story that goes with it. 🙂

And here’s the original:


EXCLUSIVE: Bluewater Productions will publish a full-length Runaways/Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic in 2010

UPDATE 08/24/2010: Click HERE for the latest news on this comic.

A few days ago, I reported on the Joan Jett events and merchandise coming in March, and I told you about the Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic that will be published in Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes on March 1:

March 1st:

  • Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series was published in the 1990’s and is now being republished by Bluewater Productions as a series of graphic novels. Volume 1 contains the Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic. These comics were unauthorized biographies, so take it with a grain of salt. But they are still cool to have. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. (FYI to Twilight fans: Bluewater Productions also publishes the Female Force comics; you may have seen the one they did on Stephenie Meyer.)

Jay Allen Sanford from Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics reached out to me after seeing that post to give us the exclusive scoop on Bluewater Productions’ upcoming full-length comic dedicated to The Runaways, Joan Jett, and Lita Ford. This news comes to us weeks before Bluewater makes the official public announcement!

I WISH I was being paid to tell you this, but I’m not.

Follow the jump to see a sneak peek of the art and more.

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Merry Jettmas to All! (Sorry Jesus.) ;)


Christmas is here, Jettheads, the season of giving. This year, I’m hoping that a Joan Jett Barbie doll makes its way under my tree to keep my Edward doll company when I’m not home. My gift to you is this blog. Because I’m cheap awesome. 😀

While thinking about what I could write for you on such a festive holiday, I immediately remembered Christmas of 1991. I was 15. (Kristen Stewart was 1, for those keeping score at home.) Only one thing topped my wish list that year: tickets to my first-ever Joan Jett and The Blackhearts concert.

They were scheduled to play at Metropol (which no longer exists), in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, January 10, 1992. As soon as I found out, I began the rather arduous begging process. My mother spoiled my sister and me rotten, but we could never take anything for granted. She was never afraid to say ‘no’, and our hi-pitched whining rarely penetrated her resolve once she had made up her mind. I had to tread carefully.

I had every reason to fear that I might not be able to go to this concert. This hadn’t been my first opportunity to see Joan live. She played at The Syria Mosque, which also no longer exists, sometime in 1989, but my mother refused to let me go. It was on a school night. No amount of begging and promising that I would get up on time the next day would sway her. I spent that entire night in my room, listening to my records in the dark, knowing that Joan Jett was less than three miles away. It was agony. Continue reading

Buy A Limited Edition Joan Jett Poster; 10 Will Be Signed

Remember that awesome interview Joan did for Royal Flush Magazine? Well, the artwork from that issue has been transformed into a beautiful silk-screened limited edition poster for sale at Blackheart’s online store:

Purchase by December 16, 2009 and have the chance to be 1 of 10 to receive poster signed by Joan Jett.


And here’s a reminder that Royal Flush‘s Joan Jett art contest is ongoing until December 31st. The winning submission will get published in the next issue of Royal Flush and the winner will receive a Joan Jett edition Gibson Melody Maker Guitar.

“Bad Reputation” featured in Band Hero

Band Hero, made by the same video game folks that brought us Guitar Hero, came out on November 3rd, and it features Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.” Check out the game’s website HERE.

Joan Jett in Royal Flush Magazine: ART CONTEST!!

Royal Flush Magazine interviewed Joan in Book Six, out now:


The art by Pat Sentman is breathtaking:


The magazine is giving away a Joan Jett Gibson Melody Maker AND the chance to get your Joan Jett artwork published in the next issue of the magazine! From page 53:

All you have to do is submit your best Joan Jett illustrated portrait to Royal Flush. The winner gets his or her artwork published in the next issue of Royal Flush and a gorgeous Joan Jett model Melody Maker guitar by Gibson!

I emailed the magazine for the contest details, since I couldn’t find it mentioned on their site, and Josh Bernstein told me that they are working on creating the website containing all the contest rules and details. I’ll get the word out when they have it up. I would love for one of us Jettheads to win. You all are so talented!

The interview itself doesn’t cover new ground, but I always find Joan’s memories of her early days fascinating. It would be awesome if we could get the audio for this someday. The folks at Royal Flush have a gold mine on their hands.

The article also includes a mini-bio for Girl in a Coma on page 54.

And if you enjoy kick-ass art, snarky humor, and eclectic interviews, then you will probably enjoy the rest of the magazine too.

Royal Flush is sold across the US at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Sam Goody, Hastings,, and comic shops and newsstands.  I ordered mine directly from the website and am very pleased with their service.

Follow Royal Flush on Twitter, MySpace, and/or Facebook and tell them what you think!

Gift ideas for the Jetthead who has everything

Holiday shopping season is upon us, Jettheads! If you’re sick of getting Pat Benatar t-shirts from your near-sighted (yet well-meaning) relatives, then send them the link to this post to give them some new ideas for you.

1. Joan Jett. You read that right. For four more days, you can bid on a meet-and-greet with Joan Jett herself that will take place at the October 10, 2009 Jack’s Fourth show in Irvine, California at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The auction is open until October 8, even though the Unite the United page’s auction widget is saying that it has already ended. You can bid on this and read the rules HERE. The winner will receive two tickets to the show, dinner, a meet-and-greet with Joan backstage, and other goodies. Proceeds from the auction benefit Music Saves Lives.

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