When Australian martial arts master, Bob Jones had decided to write the 1983 self-defense book Hands Off!: A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today he probably thought he’d need some models to help his audience visualise the complex moves he was noting down. But, what many people probably didn’t expect was those two models to be bonafide rock and pop queens.

The Aussie had been working as security with some of the rock world’s biggest acts including Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie when he decided to launch his book. The book was built on some basic but necessary martial arts moves as well as offering some other unusual techniques such as ‘witty insults’ like “I’ve seen better knobs on toilet doors.”

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The book begins with a simple Publisher’s Note:

“The laws relating to assault permit one to legally defend oneself against attack from another person, using only the minimum amount of necessary force. Use of excessive force may lead to charges against the defender. Some of the techniques in this book may cause serious injury and even death if applied with undue force. No responsibility can be taken by the publishers or author for injuries resulting from employment of these techniques.”

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Jones said of working with Stevie: “This lady was a professional: in two hours I had a hundred of the most magnificent photos ever offered to the martial arts, and just one would make the cover…

“On this day of the shoot I was standing in my martial arts training uniform, wearing my Black Belt. Then Stevie appeared, her hair done to resemble the mane of a lion. She was psyched up for some serious photographing. Stevie wore her familiar thick-soled, thick-heeled, knee-high brown suede kid leather boots. High roll-over socks appeared over the top of these elegant Swedish boots and hung tentatively around her knees… In these kicking-style photographs the sun also made her dress partially see-through: just enough to be artistically interesting.”

ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad also had a cameo in the book with this simple yet effective image

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Fleetwood Mac Bob Jones stevie nicks Hands Off!- A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today

The back cover of the book reads: “COULD YOU AVOID BEING RAPED? INSTEAD OF BEING PARALYSED WITH FEAR YOU WILL BE READY AND BRACED IN ANY RAPE SITUATION AFTER READING THIS BOOK – NO OTHER BOOK HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN LIKE THIS… IT USES THE TECHNIQUES OF MNEMONICS (MEMORY FIXERS) SO YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY REACH BACK INTO ITS PAGES WHEN FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE.”

Fleetwood Mac Bob Jones stevie nicks Hands Off!- A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today
Fleetwood Mac Bob Jones stevie nicks Hands Off!- A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today

Bob Jones also offers some very progressive thinking for the time: “The physical act of rape, sometimes only lasting a matter of seconds, is not the end product of an assault on a woman – it is merely the beginning. Months later the court proceedings will take the form of emotional rape, day after day of continual cross-examination, being forced to relive every terrifying second. The degradation of having to tell and retell every detail of the degrading assault has driven many women to the thought and act of suicide. Body scars can be repaired; asylums are full of mental scars that will never repair. Look out if you go to court and have to say you didn’t fight back. If you are really lucky your parents might understand. Some husbands and boyfriends tend to see you as having had sex with another man even if you do convince them that you were raped.”

Fleetwood Mac Bob Jones stevie nicks Hands Off!- A Unique New System of Self Defence Against Assault for the Women of Today
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