Two Joan Jett-related items at SXSW this week

Jettheads, if you’re at SXSW this week, two items in particular will be of interest to you:

1. Joan Jett mural at 4th and Guadalupe

This incredibly HUGE and AWESOME mural from @obeygiant gives me chills. “Rock ‘n’ Roll saved my black heart and soul”–YEP, it did. I don’t think truer words have ever been painted on a wall.

2. The Punk Singer

Joan is one of the interviewees in this documentary about Kathleen Hanna by Sini Anderson.

From (emphasis added by me):

Nailing the balance between history and personality is a tricky business for music documentaries, but Anderson gets it right. She tells Hanna’s story while situating it within the movement, telling the important stories (her connection to Kurt Cobain, the band’s “media blackout,” etc.), talking to the people you want to hear from (Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Jennifer Baumgardner, Girls to the Front author Sara Marcus).

Read the rest of the review here.

Here’s the Kickstarter trailer — Joan speaks at 0:49:

More info:

The final screening was tonight, but I hope we can see it on Netflix or DVD soon!


Pssst… Have you followed Joan on Instagram yet? –> @joanjett

Vote for The Runaways movie!

Vote for The Runaways on!’s weekly poll asks, “What is the greatest rock movie of all time?” For us, there’s only one correct answer, right? The Runaways!

There are THREE ways to vote – but only vote once!

  1. In the comments of the online article HERE,
  2. On, or
  3. On Twitter using the hashtag #weekendrock.


Feel free to vote for biopics (Walk the Line, Ray), movies focusing on fictional rock bands (Eddie and the Cruisers, Almost Famous) or any other movie about rock & roll (School of Rock, High Fidelity.) Once again, just avoid documentaries like The Last Waltz or Woodstock. That’s a whole other poll. Mockumentaries, such as This Is Spinal Tap and Meet the Rutles, are fair game, however.

Vote for whatever movie you want, but please only vote once and only for a single movie. We’ll know something’s up if we see 800 votes for Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives.

Don’t let us down KSTEW fans!

Urgent Notice: Joan Jett was never scheduled to play Vets Rock on 9/18; date removed from site

Forgive me for the late notice, but @joanjett announced this on July 18:

I have removed this tour date from the Born to be Jetthead Google calendar, and the sidebar will be updated the next time the RSS feed refreshes.

VIDEO: Gwyneth Paltrow sings ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’ on Glee

Last night’s episode of Glee (March 8th) featured a performance of Joan Jett’s version of Gary Glitter’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, or “Touch”, as Jettheads like to call it. 🙂 (Have you seen our Glossary page? No? Look up. 🙂 )

Here’s the clip:

I gotta confess… This isn’t my cup of tea. I haven’t enjoyed full-on musicals since Grease. And the “Once More with Feeling” episode of Buffy. But it got JOAN JETT to trend WORLDWIDE on Twitter, at least briefly, so I AM DOWN!


This isn’t the first time Gwyneth Paltrow channeled Joan in a performance. She hosted Saturday Night Live on February 6, 1999 (Season 24, Episode 12) and performed a skit called “Behind the Music: Joan Jett”. Personally, I found it kind of insulting. Read the transcript HERE and judge for yourself. Here’s a pic (Source:

Joan Jett’s Super Bowl prediction streak remains unbroken

She did it. When the Green Bay Packers GULP defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Joan Jett clinched both her sixth straight correct prediction in Scripps Howard’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Super Bowl Poll, and her seventh correct prediction overall in the last eleven years.

I should have known. NOTHING, not even the STEEL CURTAIN defense of my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, can stop the power of the Jett Eye Lock(tm). *sniffle* 😦

Last week,  I proposed a bet with Joan in which I would buy a Packers jersey and donate money to the charity of Joan’s choice if Pittsburgh were to lose. But Joan never officially took that bet, so I don’t have to do any of that crap! *blows raspberries* 😀

Here’s Joan’s full list of predictions and results:

Super Bowl Joan Jett’s Prediction Actual Winner and Score
#45: Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay, 38-24 Green Bay, 31-25
#44: New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts New Orleans, 45-33 New Orleans, 31-17
#43: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals Pittsburgh, 24-17 Pittsburgh, 27-23
#42: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots New York, 35-21 New York, 17-14
#41: Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears Indianapolis, 28-14 Indianapolis, 29-17
#40: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh, 31-14 Pittsburgh, 21-10
#39: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia, 35-28 New England, 24-21
#38: New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers Carolina, 31-21 New England, 32-29
#37: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders Oakland, 31-17 Tampa Bay, 48-21
#36: New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams New England, 28-24 New England, 20-17
#35: New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens New York, 20-10 Baltimore, 34-7

NEW Joan Jett tour date: Austin, TX, March 22

From :

City: Austin, Texas, US
Date: March 22, 2011
Venue: Rodeo Austin/Travis County Expo Center
Main Website: Click Here


Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Rodeo Arena
Cost: $20, $25, $37
Onsale Date: Friday, January 28, 2011 10:00 AM. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom for the purchase link.

Congratulations, Austin!

Tribute to The Runaways on Women Rock Radio

Electrik Emily’s new show, Jukebox Heroines, will pay tribute to The Runaways Thursday, April 29th, at 9PM EST/6pm PST on Women Rock Radio.


Electrik Emily is from Seattle, Washington, and is also a musician inspired by Joan Jett and The Runaways. Read more about her at her official site HERE. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Hey Emily: Nice spelling of “electric”, by the way. Must be an east coast/west coast thing. *snicker* 😉

Top 10 reasons to see “The Runaways”

Hello Daddy, hello Mom: You need to take your kids to see The Runaways.

The film is rated R in the United States, but I’ve seen it three times, and I think that, with supervision, the movie is appropriate for 14- and 15-year-olds. Use your best judgment knowing your own kids, of course. See it yourself first. You are the parent, and you are in charge of your kids. Not me. But if I was in charge of the ratings board, I would have given The Runaways a PG-15 rating. (Which doesn’t exist, I know, but I think it should, especially in this case.)

  • There are two scenes of brief nudity, both of which are non-sexual and are mostly done for comedic effect. I think you’re allowed to do that in a PG-13 movie.
  • There is a lot of foul language, but simply hearing foul language isn’t going to turn your child into a degenerate.
  • These girls had a lot of sex at 15, and, while not downplayed in the movie, the sex is all implied. The only semi-explicit sex scene in the film does not involve any of the main girls.
  • These girls drank a lot and did a lot of drugs. But I don’t feel that the movie glorified the drug use or downplayed its negative effects. Kids drink and do drugs today, and pretending that they don’t will not protect them in any way. Talk to your children. Show them that they don’t have to self-medicate to find happiness. Show them that you love them. Help them to find what they’re good at and teach them how to dream. Teach them how to own their mistakes and fix them. And please forgive them.

*End of Public Service Announcement* On to the fun stuff!

Top 10 reasons to see The Runaways:

1. The music. Fans of The Runaways and Joan Jett are going to scream. (Not out loud, you’re in a movie theater!) Original versions of many Runaways songs are everywhere, and they sound awesome in a theater. Don’t rush out as soon as the credits roll. Stay until the last one, because if you don’t, you’re going to miss some great songs. I bounced and whispered along to the words. It would be nice to be able to see this movie in a room full of die-hards so I wouldn’t have to be so quiet.

2. Kristen Stewart. Kristen was born to be Joan Jett. One of my favorite Kristen scenes involves other characters talking in the foreground while Kristen’s Joan Jett is in the back of the room simply stretching and fidgeting. Kristen’s mannerisms as Joan are completely natural, and nothing seems like an afterthought or a put-on. Her singing and performances are authentic. Her voice does not match Joan’s tone-for-tone, but I didn’t want it to. I wanted to be able to hear Kristen’s inner Kristen-ness come through in her voice, and I did. A perfect sound-a-like performance would’ve been a slap in the face to everything The Runaways ever stood for. No one can honor Joan Jett’s individuality without first embracing her own. And Kristen definitely does. But there are a few things that Kristen does do spot-on, and they give me chills every time. A simple “How ya doin’?” gives me goosebumps.

3. Dakota Fanning. Dakota blew me away, pure and simple.  I can’t explain how without spewing a bunch of worn-out cliches, so I won’t. Her “Cherry Bomb” performance was brilliant. I wanted to clap and cheer with the crowd in the movie, but I couldn’t, so I just bounced up and down a lot. See #1.

4. The 1970’s. If you miss high-waist bell bottoms and polyester, this movie is for you. The film’s graininess puts you straight back to 1976. This is a great period film.

5. Stella Maeve. Sandy West’s story is the most tragic of all the Runaways, and is not depicted in the film in any detail. But every time Stella’s Sandy was on the screen I wanted to hug her. The pure joy she expressed while playing the drums was completely infectious, and I get the same feeling watching footage of the real thing. Read more about the real Sandy West HERE. Remember what I said earlier about talking to your kids? DO IT.

6. Hannah Marks. Hannah plays a friend of Joan’s, and she doesn’t have much screen time. But I thought she was cute.

7. Water guns and shower heads. *snicker*

8. Michael Shannon. Michael plays the creepy side of Kim Fowley well, but if you really pay attention, you can also see a bruised tenderness underneath. This film, as in real life, has no comic book villians. Just ordinary people, trying to be noticed in a world that ignores them. And succeeding.

9. The humor. Not everything in this movie is dark and depressing. I laughed out loud a lot, and so did the rest of the theater. Michael Shannon’s Kim Fowley delivers most of the funny lines, but the girls are funny too. See #7.

10. THE MUSIC. No, I didn’t get high and forget that I already mentioned this. You need to hear this music, and you need to hear it in a theater. Despite the drugs, despite the sex, and despite the truck-driver cussing, these girls COULD PLAY. They’ve written some of the best rock-n-roll songs in the world, and this movie does an excellent job of celebrating that. Joan Jett’s passion for music gave her the drive she needed to eventually kick booze and drugs. She has never lost her focus on her guitar, and this film portrays that very well. The Runaways, as in real life, has no comic book heroes. Just ordinary people, trying to be noticed in a world that ignores them. And succeeding.

Kristen Stewart talks about working with Joan Jett

Kristen Stewart did an interview with NBC recently to talk about her upcoming film, The Yellow Handkerchief. She talks about Joan starting at the 1:57 mark.

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Thanks to @kstewartnews for the tip!

I love Kristen, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of her new movies. 2010 is going to be an exciting year. 🙂

What I learned about Joan Jett in 2009

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I’m back from visiting with my in-laws, and now I can devote time to my Jetthead family again.

Did you miss me? 😀

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks combing through Joan’s articles and interviews from 2009 so that I can give you a recap for the year. I thought I’d start by recapping all of the new stuff that I learned about Joan, or from Joan, in 2009.

My definition of “new” is mostly just stuff that I didn’t know before 2009. I’m not arrogant enough to think that no one knew any of this stuff sooner. I’m neck-deep in Joan Jett 24/7, and even I miss things sometimes.

Here we go!

1. How to capture Joan Jett’s guitar tone. got techie for Jettheads who want to sound like Joan Jett at home in this article from last January. If I ever learn how to play my Joan Jett series Gibson Melody Maker, this knowledge will come in handy. Continue reading

Former Blackheart 411: Kasim Sulton Interview

Kasim Sulton, May 2009. Photo from

Yesterday, December 8, was Kasim Sulton’s birthday. Happy Belated Birthday, Kasim!

Kasim played bass with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts between 1986 and 1990. He performed on the Good Music, Up Your Alley, and The Hit List albums, including the Grammy-nominated “I Hate Myself for Loving You” single. He also performed “She’s Lost You” with Joan on the Less Than Zero soundtrack.

Read more about Kasim after the jump.

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