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Joan Jett Ticket Giveaway

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 23, 2006 4:30PM

This weekend, we were in one of Chicago’s many fine drinking establishments, arguing with one of our friends about music. In the midst of a second glass of Maker’s, we lamented that the number of “crap” years in Rod Stewart’s career had now outpaced any cred he’d achieved thanks to Every Picture Tells A Story and his work with The Faces. Our friend – citing “the Stevie Wonder question from High Fidelity” – argued that Rod (and other rockers of his advanced age) had earned the right to “take it easy”, and it was perhaps asking too much for him to get his Celtic United-loving ass off his yacht to make some relevant music.

2006_10_joanjett.jpgAh, if only more rockers had "What Would Joan Jett Do" bracelets.

In our Rod Stewart argument, Jett is a solid point of comparison. Though he’s got a decade on her, both found fame interpreting the works of others, and continue to mine their early days for material that suits them. But where Stewart’s recent works have more in common with the oeuvre of your drunk uncle when he grabs the mic at weddings, Jett’s new album Sinner sees her continuing to co-write almost all of her new material while using her long-established template to comment on current events, both personal (“Androgynous”) and political (“Riddles”), while managing to make even the odd glam cover (“A.C.D.C.”) seem vital. Not bad for a career spanning three decades.

On an evening that already boasts The Hold Steady at Metro, those that prefer their rock boozy and brawling will have a tough choice to make as Jett comes to Chicago for a show at the Vic on Thursday at 7:30p.m. with Eagles of Death Metal.

So allow us to tip your hand: Chicagoist is giving away a pair of tickets for you and a friend to see Joan Jett and the Blackhearts along with two copies of the new album, Sinner. Click the jump to enter. One entry per person and winners will be notified Wednesday morning (losers will have to make do with this).