So did you guys hear about this? The new movie The Runaways based on the beginnings of such famous female rock icons as Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie? Crazy! I find it terrifying that Kristen Stewart and Dakota freaking Fanning are portraying such awesomely strong women, but hey, I’ll give it a chance.
According to the reviews on this one, I hear it’s actually pretty good, sans Stewart’s humdrum acting. Apparently Fanning isn’t all THAT terrible. The movie drops in The States TODAY!, so if you’re into awesome, hardcore chick rock, totally check it out.
In the meantime, I have some totally awesome free schwag for you guys! How ’bout that!? What do you have to do? Hm.
What should I make you do?
I could make you do anything, if you loved Joan Jett enough (or on a lesser note, Kristen Stewart. Ugh). I could make you clean my house. Or make me a taxidermied monkey-rat-platypus. I could make you stand still while I tried to shoot apples off of your head or demand naked pictures of Bea Arthur. The possibilities are infinite!
I was thinking maybe trivia? Those things are terrible though, all you need a little Google and you’ve got yourself a list of perfect answers…
We’re going to make this a little harder.
In 1000 words or less, I want you tell me who would win in a fight: Joan Jett or Kristen Stewart, and why.
I’m pretty pumped about this you guys! Anyway, if you give me a good solid answer, you’ll get a chance to win some of this FREE SCHWAG!
1. A copy of Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story written by Cherie Currie and Neal Schusterman. This also happens to be the book that this movie is based on and we all know that the book is always better.
Cherie Currie, with her signature Bowie haircut and fishnet stockings, was the groundbreaking lead singer of ’70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. At the tender age of fifteen, she joined a group of talented girls—Joan Jett and Lita Ford on guitar, Jackie Fox on bass, and Sandy West on drums—who could play rock like no one else.
Arriving on the Los Angeles music scene in 1975, they catapulted from playing small clubs to selling out major stadiums, headlining shows with opening acts like the Ramones, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. Currie lit up the stage with the provocative teen-rebellion songs “Cherry Bomb,” “Queens of Noise,” and “Born to Be Bad,” riding a wave of hit songs and platinum albums, all while touring around the world.
On the face of it, Currie’s is a riveting story of girl empowerment and fame. But it is also an intensely personal account of her struggles with drugs, sexual abuse, and violence. She and her bandmates, runaways all, were thrown into a decadent, high-pressure music scene where on the road, unsupervised for months at a time, they had to grow up fast and experience things that no teenage girls should. Neon Angel exposes the side of the music industry fans never get to see, and chronicles the group’s rise to fame and their ultimate demise.
Shocking and inspiring, funny and touching, Neon Angel stunningly re-creates a bygone era of rock and roll, all the while providing an inside look at growing up hard under the relentless glare of the public eye, and chronicling one tough woman’s fight to reclaim her life.
2. Joan Jett by Todd Oldham and Kathleen Hanna.
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.
3. The Runaways Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in The Runaways, the music-fueled, coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all girl 1970’s rock band. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, Apparition will release the film on March 19, 2010.
Los Angeles 1975, Joan Jett (KRISTEN STEWART) and Cherie Currie (DAKOTA FANNING), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. Floria Sigismondi brings The Runaways to the big screen in this story of a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (MICHAEL SHANNON), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself-and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.
Soundtrack features classic music from The Runaways, plus Runaways songs performed by Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart. Also, music from Joan Jett, David Bowie, The Stooges, MC5 and more.
4. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts new, remastered, greatest-hits album.
2 CD, The two disc collection features seven songs featured in the film The Runaways including one previously unreleased track. Re-recorded material featuring several Runaways favorites. Remastered original material.
*There aren’t any. Anything is fair game. Bonus points for creativity.
*The drawing for these awesome prizes will be held on May 10, 2010. Winners will be listed on that date.
*If you DO win, prizes will be shipped regular, plain ol’ snail mail. No exceptions.
*No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, blah blah blah.
*Bribes and flattery will be accepted.
*This contest is open to anyone in the United States. I’m not paying to ship this shit to Uruguay. Get over it.
*To enter: Leave your answer and email address (so I can contact you if you win) in the comments below. If you’re all paranoid about your email address, you can email me your answer at email@example.com.
And here are the results! Congratulations to the winners!