After waiting all long summer, the Runaways finally hit the German video rental store. I've mentioned before how I'm practically famous here, and the feeling was only enforced when the nice woman had set aside a copy just for me.
Maybe it's because I asked if the movie had come in about 146 times.
God I love Joan Jett. I always have. I've seen her several times in concert in Minnesota. Once, in a biker bar, I even rebelliously tore a card-stock poster off the wall and waited around for an autograph.
When it was my turn she asked me who to make it out to and I told her my name. She asked me how to spell it and I said, "T-a-r-i."
And Joan said, "That's a cool way to spell it."
Then I fainted dead away or I probably said something completely lame in response. But whatever the case, I will never forget that Joan Jett actually spoke to me.
And oh how I've treasured her autograph, moving it with me through three different countries.
The thing that's so great about Joan (besides being a pioneer woman of rock-n-roll) is that she's just such a tough little fighter. Although I didn't love the movie as much as I had hoped, I did think they captured how the end of the Runaways wasn't the end of her. I'd love to know how she responded to the movie. Does anybody have any info for me?
My two favorite scenes were:
- When she made her own stencil and spray painted herself a "Sex Pistols" t-shirt, then ripped and re-pinned it, custom pimping it even further. (How cool is that?)
- When she was getting interviewed at the end on the radio and her eye makeup was hot pink matching her blazer. Epic.
Maybe all creative people can sit up and pay attention to Joan. The moral of the story is that: When the going gets tough, the tough keep rockin!