Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958) (She is said to be born in 1960 by some sources) is an American rock and roll guitarist and singer.

Career and Biography Edit

Jett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later moved to Hollywood, California.

When she was fifteen years old, she first gained attention as the guitarist, main songwriter and occasional singer in the pioneering all-women band The Runaways, known for pre-punk hard rock and the classic song "Cherry Bomb." A film, The Runaways, was soon made, based on Cherrie Curie's (the lead singer of the Runaways) book Neon Angels. The Runaways starred Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherrie Curie.

After the Runaways disbanded in 1980, she produced an album for Los Angeles, California punk band, The Germs, then embarked on a new career as Joan Jett from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She founded Blackheart Records, making her the first woman to own and operate a record label. Her hits included "I Love Rock N' Roll" and covers of Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover" and Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me", as well as "Bad Reputation", which was later used as the theme song for the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks

She co-starred in the 1986 film Light of Day, and starred as Columbia in a Broadway revival of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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