Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

January 2007 News

Page updated on January 31, 2007
All news is attributed to the source from which it was received so that readers may judge the validity of the statements for themselves.

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Cadillac gets plenty of mileage from Jett
from: newsday.com

When you hear the stories about JOAN JETT and her longtime music partner, KENNY LAGUNA, selling their records - vinyl, baby - from the trunk of a car, that car was a Caddy.

Rock and roll never forgets, and neither does the world's coolest rock chick. Jett and Laguna tell their story in a new Web documentary at mycadillacstory .com: the 23 record-label rejection letters; Laguna's '76 DeVille, their office on wheels; and that cherry bomb of a hit, "I Love Rock and Roll."

There's also an exclusive video for "Change the World," off Jett's fine 2006 album, "SINNER" (Blackheart). The clip, filmed last summer on the boardwalk in her adopted home of Long Beach, opens with the band pulling up in various Caddies. "I just love my Cadillac," she said the other day. She's been driving an STS for a few years now and she is waiting for a Caddy hybrid model.

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VH1 Classic: 20 Greatest Women in Music
from: vh1.com

VH1 Classic Countdown: 20 Greatest Women in Music
1. Madonna - Like A Virgin
2. Whitney Houston - How Will I Know?
3. Aretha Franklin - Freeway of Love
4. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
5. Heart - Barracuda
6. The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
7. Mariah Carey - Emotions
8. Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
9. Carole King - I Feel The Earth Move
10. Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money
11. Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
12. Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield
13. Blondie - Heart of Glass
14. Carly Simon - You're So Vain
15. The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
16. The Bangles - Manic Monday
17. Gloria Estefan – Conga
18. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
19. JOAN JETT - I Love Rock 'N Roll
20. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.

Fri 02.02 02:00 PM ET VH1C
Wed 02.07 02:00 PM ET VH1C



Jett still loves rock 'n' roll
from: jsonline.com

At the ripe old age of 49, JOAN JETT can still serve up a guitar riff that explodes against the eardrums like a Stinger missile en route to a terrorist training camp.

Her sinewy arms, whippet-thin frame and mascara-laden eyes are capped off by a road-hardened whiskey voice that delivers three-chord ballads of unrequited love ("Hate Myself for Loving You") and abusive relationships ("Love is Pain," "Fetish").

In 1976, Jett joined a group of teenage Sunset Strippers who became the RUNAWAYS, an all-girl band who traded on trendy good looks and gut-crunching rock. The quintet found a fan base among teenage boys who lusted after the southern California heartbreakers.

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Canadian Music Week
from: cmw.net

CMW 2007 independent music awards
Wednesday March 7, 2007

The spirit and success of independent music is stronger and louder than ever. Hundreds of artists, who don't fit in with the ever-narrowing radio formats, are none-the-less breaking through to a hungry public and winning the support of fans, media and tastemakers across the nation. These artists will be honoured at the Canadian Music Week Festival (CMW) with the public presentation of the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards show, simply titled "The Indies".

Presented by inDiscover.net, The Indies will officially kick off CMW 2007 on Wednesday March 7, 2007, 8:00pm, at The Docks Entertainment Complex. The show will feature performances by several of the nominees including Neverending White Lights, DJ Champion, Cadence Weapon, and Indies Hall of Fame inductees Rough Trade.

2007 INDIES NOMINEES
FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEARv Belle and Sebastian
Hot Chip
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
Sufjan Stevens
Wolfmother



People Magazine
from: joanjettbadrep.com

Check out JOAN JETT in a 2 page photo spread in the new issue of PEOPLE Magazine on newstands (Issue date January 29). This is part of the Cadillac series that has featured Joan's story on http://www.mycadillacstory.com/



Rockin’ With JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
from: nolimitsladies.com

Click to enlarge The Consumer Electronics Show is not just about the technology. In today’s interactive world, it is also about music. Every year, artists are featured and in 2007, the highlight was a performance by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (hosted by Gibson Guitars).

Now what is a post about JOAN JETT doing on an investing blog?

Few people know that JOAN JETT was the first female performer to start her own record label, blazing the way for artists like Madonna. Okay, that sentence alone is worthy of a post. JOAN JETT blazed the way for Madonna. Wowsers.

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Rock 'n' roller JOAN JETT is used to setting trends, breaking barriers
from: courierpress.com

Imagine the thoughts running through the heads of the conservative, so-called high rollers, when they first saw the spiked haircut of BLACKHEARTS guitarist DOUGIE NEEDLES as JOAN JETT and her band took the stage at Casino Aztar in May 2005.

Jett, who played at the legendary CBGB's punk rock club in New York before it closed last fall, calls it conquering the unconquerable. Jett and the BLACKHEARTS will return to Aztar on Friday and Saturday, with two performances each night.

"If people are coming into a rock 'n' roll show expecting to see white cake and lace and gingerbread or something (they're misinformed)," Jett said. "They should expect something they're not used to seeing. Then again, I'm not looking to insult people. I want them to have a good time. Definitely by being a woman in rock, just by the nature of that, it's political in its own sense. I don't have to do much more than be myself."

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Celeb Boomers: 3 Things to Do Before Death
from: msnbc.msn.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable What do Stephen King, Dan Quayle and other famous baby boomers want to do with the rest of their lives? Find out.

Newsweek
Jan. 22, 2007 issue - As she entered her sixth decade, Sara Davidson found that, as she puts it, she "couldn't get arrested." The author of 1978's best-seller "Loose Change," Davidson suddenly found herself single, out of work and an empty nester all at once. She bottomed out—so she wrote a book, "LEAP! What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives?" Inspired by her story, NEWSWEEK asked boomers to list the three things they still want to do—no matter what.

JOAN JETT, Rocker, 48
A member of the RUNAWAYS when she was only 15 and lead singer of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Jett is one of the original bad girls of rock and roll—who doesn't drink or smoke, is a vegetarian and reads ancient Hindu philosophy in her downtime. Her record "SINNER" came out in June.

"Accept what is going on and grow with it and adjust to it."

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JOAN JETT Plays Live at Gibson's CES Tent
from: gamedailyxl.com

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT is probably not a gamer. But as the show floor closed on CES 2007 and after getting booted from the press room on Wednesday, the Gibson Guitar tent across from central hall featured Brian Wilson (the former drug-riddled Beach Boy) and JOAN JETT. Her band, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, showed some younger faces playing along to the band's highpoints like "I might like you better if we slept together," "Crimson & Clover," "I Hate Myself for Loving You," and the always fun "Do You Wanna Touch Me."

The super fit 47-year-old rocker sounded perfect, a credit to her professionalism, as she performed her former hits and introduced the audience to songs from her new album "SINNER." Naked, a new song that looked at her introspective side; Riddles, a song lambasting the Bush administration's use of DoubleSpeak; and 100 Feet Away proved to be popular with the crowd at large.

After chants from the crowd, the band returned to the stage to perform again and graciously posed for autographs outside the venue. More than a few listeners became fans. One well-dressed Chinese man in broken English asked us how long Jett had been playing and said that she sounded great. After that, he plowed through the crowd with a wheeled bag to chat her up.

Thanks to Gibson Guitar and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS for the free show.



Turbo American Chopper Orange County Choppers
from: turbo.discovery.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The full video of "Bad Reputation" for the American Chopper promo will run this Sunday night, January 14th between 9:30 and 10:00 on TLC. Check your cable listings for exact channel listings.

For more details click here





JOAN JETT: Punk Rock's First Lady
from: voanews.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT has been involved in rock music for over 25 years -- especially the "punk" style that developed as an alternative to mainstream rock 'n' roll during the 1970s. She started out as lead singer of her own all-girl band ("The RUNAWAYS"), then moved on as a solo artist and co-writer, backup singer and producer for other bands. She has a new band now and has embarked on a club tour of the United States. She sat down recently with VOA's Larry London to talk about her life in rock music and her new album.

JOAN JETT is a woman of many firsts. She was the first female artist to own her own record label, an early punk-rock stylist and one of the first American punk stars to perform behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s. Her studs-and-leather punk-rock fashion style is now standard onstage gear for many heavy-metal bands. Now JOAN JETT has re-invented herself once again: she has become what she always wanted to be.

"And, I just, you know, had this dream, and I figured until I really failed at it, you know I had as much right as anyone else to do that," she says.

Her biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," has become a frequent chant at many sporting events here in the United States. A song so 'big,' she says, that it has overshadowed her other music.

"Hey, we have other songs, you know," says Jett. "Then you recognize the bigness of this song. And it's like, 'Look, am I going to resent this song that I'm so blessed to be involved with, and I'm so blessed to have such a big hit with it?' I'm very happy when people get so excited about it."

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Mullets Rock! Too!: Mullets In Love Album Details
from: metalunderground.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable A follow up to 2003's best-selling double-CD MULLETS ROCK! - inspired by 2001's Mullet-centric movie soundtrack album to Joe Dirt (Columbia/Legacy) - is in the works: Mullets Rock! Too!: Mullets In Love. The collection contains 18 tracks in the theme of "a romance in shag heaven" and comprises a stellar A-list of mulleteers past & present including Ted Nugent, Ace Frehley, Boston, Foghat, Eddie Money, Jefferson Starship, Aldo Nova, Blue Oyster Cult, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, J. Geils Band, Nazareth, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger, Bonnie Tyler, Cinderella, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Kansas. This new collection arrives in stores March 6th on Legacy Recordings.
The MULLETS ROCK! TOO!: MULLETS IN LOVE tracklisting is as follows:

Side Pysched
1. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang - Ted Nugent, 1977
2. Do Ya - Ace Frehley, 1989
3. More Than A Feeling - Boston, 1976
4. I Just Want To Make Love To You - Foghat, 1972
5. Baby Hold On - Eddie Money, 1977
6. Jane - Jefferson Starship, 1979
7. Fantasy - Aldo Nova, 1981
8. Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult, 1981
9. I Hate Myself For Loving You - JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, 1988
10. Love Stinks - J. Geils Band, 1980

Side Bummed
11. Love Hurts - Nazareth, 1975
12. The Flame - Cheap Trick, 1988
13. Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon, 1980
14. Sister Christian - Night Ranger, 1983
15. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler, 1983
16. Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) - Cinderella, 1988
17. Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1983
18. Dust In The Wind - Kansas, 1977
As if that's not enough, I've included the rest of the press release verbage below purely for its comical value:

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JOAN JETT Rocks the Gibson Tent at CES
from: gibson.com

Click to enlarge Rock ’n’ roll legend JOAN JETT showed up at Gibson’s booth at CES 2007 in Las Vegas, and led her BLACKHEARTS through a deafening set of her classics.

With her famous white Melody Maker cranked, Jett delivered the goods to the capacity crowd.



It’s rock and roll
from: star-ecentral.com

A new year with a brand new chart. Welcome to 2007 and let’s start this year with a bang. For the rest of the year Red fm will be looking at the best singers in their respective genres.

This week, let’s check out the greatest female singers of rock and roll. We have a wide range of girl-powered songs from a few 60s queens, 70s hippie rockers and 90s hard rock acts. Here is a glimpse of what you’ll be hearing on 30 something with Dom this Saturday at 5pm.

Annie Lennox: She has excelled in all fields. At 53, the multi-award-winning singer is truly a rock star. She dominated the rock world with Eurythmics and released sensational singles like Sweet Dreams and Here Comes the Rain Again. I remember her most for her version of No More I Love You’s, which became an international Grammy hit.

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American Chopper with JOAN JETT
from: gofish.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT joins the boys of American Chopper in this clip. New episodes of American Chopper premiere Thursday, January 18th at 9/8 on TLC.

To watch the clip, click here



Vegan With a Vengeance Wins ‘Proggy’ From PETA, Rave Reviews From JOAN JETT
from: peta.org

Brooklyn, N.Y. — In recognition of her efforts to provide conscientious cooks with creative, healthy, and humane alternatives to meat-laden meals, Brooklyn’s Isa Moskowitz, author of Vegan With a Vengeance, has won the award for Best New Cookbook in PETA’s 2007 "Proggy" Awards. Proggys—short for "progress"—are presented to animal-friendly people, organizations, and companies. Moskowitz will receive a commemorative plaque and will be featured on PETA.org, which is visited by thousands of people every day.

Without exception, all the more than 150 inspired recipes in the book are Moskowitz originals. From knishes to samosas, cookies to curries, and the familiar to the exotic, Vegan With a Vengeance is sure to dazzle the palates of vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. With bold dishes such as horseradish- and coriander-encrusted tofu, asparagus and sun-dried tomato frittata, and Jamaican-style jerk seitan as well as mouth-watering desserts like chocolate-raspberry blackout cake and peanut-butter silk pie, Moskowitz makes eating vegan practically decadent.

Writes iconic rocker JOAN JETT on the back cover, "Vegan With A Vengeance is on my kitchen shelf. This fun and creative book is delicious for people like me, who don’t eat pets." In its interview with Moskowitz, Curve magazine described the cookbook as "her anti-cruelty, anti-corporate, take-down-the-man cookbook for the 20- to 30-something set."

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JOAN JETT rocks and socks gender bias
from: tahoedailytribune.com

Never underestimate JOAN JETT.

Fighter, iconoclast, rebel, innovator, prodigy - she is all of these things. After more than 30 years in the music business, the Philadelphia native still has her feet set firmly on the ground and her heart in rock 'n' roll. Yet even with such classic hits as "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and the raucous, everlasting "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" on her resume, the guitarist/singer/producer still finds herself fighting for respect.

It's a fight she intends to win, and we wouldn't bet against her.

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High-tech star power
from: denverpost.com

How do you get attention when you're in a crowd of 140,000 people and 2,700 companies?

Several exhibitors at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, which starts Monday in Las Vegas, are betting on celebrities.

The high-tech bonanza will feature someone famous for everyone. NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will trumpet his sponsor, Delphi, a maker of mobile navigation and satellite-radio products, that has operated in bankruptcy since 2005. Buxom brunette model Teresa Noreen will mingle with techies checking out PowerBass USA's subwoofers and amplifiers. Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Al Jarreau and 3 Doors Down are sheduled to be among the musicians on tap. Basketball fans might enjoy seeing Clyde Drexler, George "The Iceman" Gervin and Dominique Wilkins.

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The Summit
from: sirius.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Fri 1/12 9:00 pm ET
Hear an encore presentation of the roundtable discussion about the coolest music of 2006, featuring Little Steven with Underground Garage DJs JOAN JETT, Kid Leo and Handsome Dick Manitoba from New York; Martin Lewis and The Mighty Manfred from Los Angeles, Ko Molina from Detroit, Kim Fowley from the deserts of California and Andrew Loog Oldham from Bogota in South America! Plus, we’ll be counting down the "Top 10 Coolest Songs Of The Year" as voted upon by the audience of the Underground Garage." Airs 9 pm-12 am ET.



THE COOLEST SONGS IN THE WORLD - 2006
from: sirius.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Here are the 10 coolest songs of last year, as voted by you!

1. The Woggles: "It's Not About What I Want"
2. The Charms: "So Romantic"
3. Anderson Council: "Pinkerton's Assorted Colours"
4. Primal Scream: "Country Girl"
5. New York Dolls: "Dance Like A Monkey"
6. The Shys: "Never Gonna Die"
7. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS: "Everyone Knows"
8. The Raconteurs: "Steady, As She Goes"
9. The Maggots: "King Of The Freaks"
10. The Holograms: "Are You Ready For It"



2007 International CES Draws Multi-Platinum Artists and Sports Legends
from: digital50.com

LAS VEGAS-(Business Wire)-January 5, 2007 - Legendary musicians, actors and sports icons will all come together at the 2007 International CES(R) to experience the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The 2007 International CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow, returns to Las Vegas, NV, January 8-11, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Multi-platinum 3 Doors Down will perform twice for CES audiences on Tuesday, January 9, once from 2-2:30 p.m. and again from 3-3:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, on the ESPN stage. CEA partnered with this iconic rock band this year to promote the "Great Audio Experience" campaign. The campaign educates consumers on various price and performance options of audio equipment and encourages them to seek demonstrations from local retailers. To learn more about CEA's Great Audio Experience and see exclusive video interviews with the band, visit www.greataudio.com.

Sports enthusiasts will want to check out Haier America in Central Hall, booth #14438. Haier America will have a different NBA legend visit each day, January 8-10. On the opening day of the show, Four Time League Scoring Champion George Gervin, "The Iceman," will be on hand from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 2-4 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, perennial All-Star and 1992 Olympic Dream Team member Clyde "The Glide" Drexler will make an appearance 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., followed by "The Human Highlight Film" Dominique Wilkens, on Wednesday, January 10 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
January 19 & 20 | 7:30 PM & 10 PM

from: casinoaztar.com

This rock n' roll superstar will perform her smash hits "I Love Rock n' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," "Crimson and Clover," and "Do You Want To Touch Me?"

$35 For Rewards Club Members. All Others: $40.

Call 1-800-DIAL FUN for ticket information.

Free seating and standing room also available.



Road Recovery - Music Without Drugs
from: roadrecovery.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Together With Gibson Guitars Throw A Party For Road Recovery Teens!

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, together with Gibson Foundation/Gibson Guitars, The Agency Group and BLACKHEART RECORDS, rolled out the red carpet for Road Recovery teens during the band’s triumphant NYC gig at Irving Plaza to support their latest release SINNER (BLACKHEART RECORDS).

It all started last summer when JOAN JETT was on the road headlining the Vans Warped Tour ’06 and Road Recovery Founder Gene Bowen bumped into Jett backstage one night, which planted the seeds to making a wonderful event happen.

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Gibson Rocks CES in Las Vegas with Cool New Products and Great Entertainment
from: gibson.com

Once again, Gibson will be the highlight of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. The show, which attracts the best and brightest in the consumer electronics industry from around the world, will take place in Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2007. Gibson will be found at booth CP1 (Central Plaza 1), debuting consumer electronics accessories, Wurlitzer jukeboxes, Take Anywhere Technology, and the newly released HD.6X-Pro Guitar System. Along with the exhibits, visitors can expect daily entertainment by some of the world’s best-known musicians and surprise celebrity sightings.

The Gibson Guitar booth will proudly exhibit several new Wurlitzer jukeboxes, including the popular One More Time model and the new Peacock and Princess models. Daily demonstrations of the new HD.6X Pro Guitar System will be provided, along with a very special Happy Hour each day. In addition, Gibson will launch a series of consumer electronics products—including signature series flash drives, external USB hard drives, USB and HDMI cables, External USB triple format DVD recorders, digital audio cables, 10- and 4-outlet surge protectors, and DVD-R and CD-R media—all under the Gibson banner name. Gibson’s Take Anywhere Technology will be introduced for the very first time, with special on-site reviews to take place inside the booth.

The Gibson booth has become known as the best place to hang out with musical celebrities and enjoy free live performances. This year, the legendary Brian Wilson will perform a rare, one-night special CES performance. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will put on a free concert Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Latin superstar Arthur Hanlon will offer afternoon performances. Special surprise celebrities are being scheduled throughout each day.

CES attendees should be sure to stop by and check out all the greatest and latest from Gibson at Central Plaza 1. It’s the best party of the event.



Gibson Guitar to Rock CES 2007 with New Products and Live Entertainment
from: modernguitars.com

Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology will exhibit a host of new products at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2007 at booth CP1 (Central Plaza 1). Along with the exhibits, guests can expect daily entertainment by some of the world’s best known musicians and surprise celebrity sightings.

The Gibson Guitar booth will exhibit several new Wurlitzer Jukeboxes including the popular One More Time model and the new Peacock and Princess models. Daily demonstrations of the new HD.6X Pro Guitar System will be provided along with a special Happy Hour each day. Gibson will launch a series of consumer electronics products including signature series flash drives, external USB hard drives, USB and HDMI cables, External USB triple format DVD recorders, digital audio cables, 10 and 4 outlet surge protectors and DVD-R and CD-R media all under the Gibson banner name. Take Anywhere Technology will be introduced for the very first time with special on-site reviews to take place inside the booth.

The Gibson booth has become known as the best place to hang out with musical celebrities and enjoy free live performances. This year, legendary Brian Wilson will perform for a one night special CES performance. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will put on a free concert Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Latin superstar Arthur Hanlon will offer afternoon performances. Special surprise celebrities are being scheduled throughout each day.

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Got You Covered
from: gibson.com

low resolution image Not Enlargeable You can’t judge a book by looking at its cover—just ask Bo Diddley—but sometimes it works just great for albums. When the LP was all but wiped away by the aptly named compact disc, one of the true lost treasures was the art of the album cover. Now that CDs are in a struggle with the utterly coverless MP3s, and other digital formats, it is time to take a moment to remember the true greatness of the album cover. An iPod is pretty fantastic, and can pack about 10,000 or so more songs than the average record, but that little screen is just not the same. Like the man said, the large print gives and the fine print takes away.

Over the years, some of the best albums of all time have displayed Gibsons front and center. A Gibson on the cover was a pretty good indication that the vinyl inside was going to sound really good … especially loud.

Here are is a very incomplete list to get you started. Send suggestions to webmaster@gibson.com, and we’ll add them to the list.

We asked and you delivered...
Here are just some of the ones that you added...

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS rock Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Jan. 6
from: sacbee.com

Trail-blazing rockers JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS return to Harrah's Lake Tahoe for a roof poppin' rock 'n' roll blowout in the legendary South Shore Room on Saturday night, Jan. 6.

Often called "the girl Elvis," JOAN JETT founded the all-girl rock group The RUNAWAYS, while still in her early teens. Their hit "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation. They group disbanded in 1980 and Jett moved to New York to begin her solo career. On a trip to England to work on music with The Sex Pistols, she was introduced to songwriter and producer KENNY LAGUNA. They immediately clicked musically and creatively, and were soon in studio creating Jett's self-titled, debut album. Unfortunately, back in the States, more than 20 labels rejected the album. Jett and Laguna decided to release it independently on their own Blackheart record label. Jett had inadvertently become the first female performer with her own label.

Jett then formed The BLACKHEARTS, featuring guitarist Ricky Byrd, bassist Gary Ryan and drummer Lee Crystal. Their first release in 1981, I Love Rock 'n Roll, became Jett's biggest success thanks to the title track, which spent eight weeks at number one. It remains Billboard's Number 28 song of all time.

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Review: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
from: relix.com

From fans of classic rock to riot girls, JOAN JETT is an icon. Her career has created the perfect soundtrack for ditching school to smoke cigarettes in a parking lot, and none of her edge has been dulled with time or evolving influences. While the more pedestrian fan might be quick to dismiss her as "that chick who sings ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’," Jett has continued to record and perform, still providing some tough competition for the artists who have followed in her footsteps. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS returned to NYC in support of their latest release, SINNER, and it was obvious from the crowd gathered outside of Irving Plaza which was desperately trying to score tickets, that Jett’s fan base is dedicated.

The band kicked off the night with The RUNAWAYS’ classic "Cherry Bomb" followed by "Bad Reputation" and the audience was immediately taken back to the early days of the hard-rock scene. From her bandmates’ liberty spikes to Jett’s enigmatic delivery, the crowd knew it was getting a performance with the same passion for rock ‘n’ roll that Jett brought to stages like CBGB’s decades before. The band then moved the set to some new material from SINNER, with the song "Androgynous," which had an upbeat almost 311-ish feel to it. "Androgynous" was followed by another new song, "Five," that sounded like it could have been written in the late ‘70s and which fits perfectly into Jett’s catalogue. The audience reacted to "Five" like it was already one of her classics. And for anyone who thought that Jett would do the formulaic save of "I Love Rock n’ Roll" for the encore, they were wrong, and she threw it in right in the middle.

The set ended with more memorable hits such as "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Want to Touch Me," and "I Hate Myself for Loving You." While JOAN JETT’s performance may have seemed like a hit parade, that is only because she has the ability to consistently write songs with an anthem-like quality and play them all with so much enthusiasm the urge to raise your beer and shout is hard to suppress.

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