I’m seriously thinking about taking off work for Joan’s next birthday. This year, #happybirthdayjoan didn’t trend on Twitter, and I was too busy all day to help. My wheels are already turning. I’ll try to come up with something great.
Joan’s birthday was not completely forgotten by the media. Below are links to some cool articles celebrating the event. But first, check out these awesome birthday graphics from @dont_getmewrong! Click for bigger versions.
Joan Jett: She Loves Rock N’ Roll — examiner.com. I love this one because, in addition to the obligatory history of her 80’s hits, this article also calls out some of my favorite deep tracks, like Pure and Simple‘s “Rubber and Glue”. Michael David obviously has great taste. 🙂 (Examiner.com was down this morning. If the article isn’t back up yet, you can read it on joanjettbadrep.com HERE.)
And here are some birthday announcements from smaller outlets:
Tell your friends! Let’s trend #happybirthdayjoan on Twitter today! A year ago, when I had three followers, I don’t think I could have done it, but this year, we just might pull it off. If any of you see it trend in your area, will you please send me a screen cap?
Marq Torien, the lead singer of 1980’s-era hair metal band The Bulletboys, was born on September 22, just like Joan Jett. I’ve known this since around 1989 because I had a 36-month subscription to Metal Edge Magazine, and every year around this time, I would flip to the famous birthday section to see if they would publish Joan’s birthday. And every year, all I got was Marq Torien. I got my vindication in 2006 when Joan graced the cover of Metal Edge for a story on the Vans Warped Tour. Remembering this made me wonder: Who else shares Joan Jett’s birthday? Well, a f*ckton of people do, but here are a few that stood out to me:
Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountain climber who became the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 1975, exactly 2 months and 20 days before Joan Jett formed The Runaways. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junko_Tabei
I like to do something nice to remember Joan Jett’s birthday every year. Sometimes I’ll send her a birthday card. I’ve never baked a cake or sent her a gift, but last year I donated money to the Arbor Day Foundation and planted trees in her name.
My gift to Joan in 2008
This year, I wanted to give something to the fans, so I created this site. Welcome to Born to be Jetthead. You can read more about it HERE.
I hope you like it. I can’t take it back because I lost the receipt.