If you have any Blackheart Records merchandise on your holiday wish list this year, make your purchases by Friday, November 30, and Blackheart will donate 25% of all proceeds to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. From blackheart.com:
Our hearts go out to those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We will be donating 25% of all proceeds from the Blackheart Store, for the month of November, to the American Red Cross.
Joan’s homes were damaged in the hurricane, as Kenny told the media at the PETA awards ceremony on November 4 in Fort Lauderdale:
Laguna told New Times that Joan had been having a rough week due to Sandy. Jett’s homes in Long Beach and the West Village were both heavily damaged. And until the trip to South Florida, Jett had been couch surfing in Laguna’s living room, which mirrored the beginning of their work relationship in the late ’70s. Both were happy to be in the warm sunshine of surprisingly storm-free South Florida.
Here’s a video of Joan discussing the hurricane at her show in Tulsa on November 9:
Former Blackheart guitarist Ricky Byrd was also personally devastated by the storm, and has been chronicling his ordeal on Facebook and Twitter. Follow him for more updates.
From 11/23, Ricky’s Facebook page:
Thanksgiving over , Camp Jam week almost over in Cancun and then it’s back to my beaten up neighborhood and the reality of Sandy. It seems the water damage on our main floor was festering under the wood ,so back out of the house as they rip out the entire first floor and sub floor. Only way to get rid of mold …also need to get some new wheels when i get back…2 cars gone .Carol at home dealing with the nightmare..I know it’s not on the first page anymore but parts of NY still without power or heat..houses destroyed and the cleanup just beginning.. people really hurting..gonna take a long time and it’s gonna be a tough holiday season..As we’ve proved before NY always gets off the mat before the eight count! Punchy but standing!!!
Damage from Hurricane Sandy is estimated in the billions in the U. S. alone, and many people are displaced from their homes. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross on your own also, or investigate other charities that are helping in recovery efforts.
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:
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’ll update the March schedule to include this soon.
Jettheads may be upset over the Joan Jett Barbie doll, but we know that’s not a real tragedy. The earthquakes in Haiti are a tragedy. The Haitians are in trouble, and I’ve found another way that music fans can help The Red Cross deliver aid to the people who need it most. Continue reading
OK, this isn’t really “porn”, but if you’re at all sensitive about looking at topless dolls, LOOK AWAY NOW!! You have been warned.
Earlier this week, I showed how the Joan Jett Barbie doll differs from its promotional pictures. I couldn’t show you how it compares to regular Barbies, because I don’t have any. Continue reading
Like all Jettheads, I was ridiculously excited when I found out that Joan Jett was going to get her very own Barbie doll. And I got more excited when I saw the pictures of the doll released by Mattel, via Droolicious, because the doll’s face looked just like Joan.
Promotion pictures of the Joan Jett Barbie Doll from Mattel
I added the doll to my Christmas list, and I received one when I exchanged gifts with my in-laws over New Year’s week. The first thing I did when I saw the box was scream, all fan-girl like. But when I really looked at the doll, all I felt was confusion and disappointment. Continue reading
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.
1. Blackheart Records is having a Halloween Sale:
@_blackheart HALLOWEEN SALE!!!!!!! http://bit.ly/v6xdQ PLEASE RT!
2. Blackheart wants to know if you’re dressing up like Joan or The Runaways for Halloween:
@_blackheart Anyone going to be Joan Jett or any of The Runaways for Halloween? If so, email us some pictures! email@example.com
3. Joan’s up for “Best Long Island Personality” in the Arts and Entertainment category, sponsored by The Long Island Press. It’s category #14:
@joanjett Vote Joan Jett “Best Long Island Personality” in the Arts & Ent. category! www.longislandpress.com/bestof Runs through December 15, 2009
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.
More Jetthead (and non-Jetthead) gift ideas after the jump. Continue reading