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Bad Reputation: The Unauthorized Biography of Joan Jett

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(Book). Bad Reputation is the unexpurgated story of Joan Jett, the single most exciting rocker of the American 1980s, one of the biggest-selling acts of the age, and one of punk rock's most valued elder statespeeps. Through its pages, a welter of exclusive interviews and observations paint what might well be the last great tale of rock hedonism, but one that comes with a t ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Backbeat Books
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Jeri Lane
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to see this book in my husbands hand as he turned it over to me at the library, thinking it would be something I would enjoy. (He knows my tastes pretty well). However, what I got from this book was very little actual biography of Joan; a little more glimpse into the Runaways, and a lot of strange trailings-off on the histories of places, glam rock/punk culture, and the stories of every other person Joan happened to come in contact well as some people she never did ...more
Matt ONeil
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I think the book was mis-titled. Thompson gives the reader very little about Joan's childhood, no clue as to what drove her to be wise beyond her youth and hard driven to be respected as a legitimate guitar sligin' rocker, no more, no less. The book gives sort of a capsulated- mostly from qoutes out of other publications- history of the Runaways. Thompson does give us a closer but all to brief look at Jett's personal side during the transistion from The Runaways to Blackhearts. It's an almost fl ...more
Stacy Holmstedt
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
After enjoying Patti Smith's "Just Kids" (and years ago, Grace Slick's "Someone to Love"), I'm reminded of the canyon-like gulf in intrigue between memoirs that women write about themselves and "unauthorized" biographies that men write about women to sell books. "Bad Reputation" is less biography and more of an extended but tedious essay on the rock industry from the '70s through the Riot Grrl scene. If you didn't know much about Joan before reading it, you won't know much afterward. Tiny compel ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Maybe I already have a decent knowledge of Joan Jett's career, but this book was kinda disappointing. Nothing new or super in depth, no reason to buy it if you're looking for greater detail or any interesting tour stories.
James Workman
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
A few good tidbits. A good job of compiling years of existing info to make a bio. Nothing deep. But an OK fan read. Some weird typos though.
Kiss' Stutter? Thats bad.
Dixie Diamond
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Wow, was this book boring. I'm not sure I knew it was even possible to write a boring book about rock stars, especially when it's also trying so hard to make everything sound amazing and kissing backside right and left.

It's two hundred repetitive pages listing all the awesome things Joan Jett has done and how awesome she is and all the awesome versions she recorded of other peoples' hits and did it mention that Joan Jett is awesome? Well, she's awesome! It would have worked better as two pages i
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The book was fair to good compared to other rocker biographies I have read. I think it was a little hung up on that Joan is a lesbian and was driving that point home at least once a chapter. Once stated is enough unless the person changes their viewpoint which obviously Jett hasn't since the Runaways. The good stuff was superfluous at best and relied way too much on data from previously public releases such as fan club news and magazine interviews.

Overall it wasn't a bad read, just nothing remo
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's really hard for me to rate biographies, because no matter how good or bad an author is, most life stories are either really interesting, or dull, and nothing can change that. However, with Bad Reputation, I thought the author did a great job. Because a good part of the book takes place 20 years before I was born, I really didn't know much about Los Angeles in the 1970's. The author did a great job filling in the blanks, explaining the music and the youth culture that was so important to Joa ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
As much as I like Joan Jett, I was disappointed with the writing style of this book, I found that it dragged and was like pulling teeth getting through it. General good information on Joan and her life but not written well.
Stephanie Whittaker
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: allbdone
i must agree with everyone else...this was a so so book it wasn't terrible but i don't know anymore about joan now then before i read the book!
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
More of an anthology of a music category than a bio of JJ. Every recording, most concerts, all the other artists she influenced and/or was influenced by.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh, boring. No dirt.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, biography
Part of my Woman in Rock series - I have always been a huge Joan Jett and Runaways Fan.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I read it in one sitting.
Mad Giles (Giles A. Madding)
2.75 Stars

As a lifelong Jetthead I really wanted to love this book, but alas it didn't really work out that way. It was okay. Had a few snippets from articles I hadn't actually read yet.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Terribly written, but in the absence of any other comprehensive Runaways/Joan Jett info, this will have to suffice.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, 2012

Long live Joan Jett.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I agree with the other reviews here--I don't feel like I learned anything new from reading this book. Too bad!
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English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins ...more
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