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Joan Jett

By playing pure and simple rock & roll without making an explicit issue of her gender, Joan Jett became a figurehead for several generations of female rockers. Jett's brand of rock & roll is loud and stripped-down, yet with overpowering hooks -- a combination of the Stones' tough, sinewy image and beat, AC/DC chords, and glam rock hooks. As the numerous covers she has recorded show, she adheres both to rock tradition and breaks with it -- she plays classic three-chord rock & roll, yet she also loves the trashy elements (in particular, Gary Glitter) of it as well, and she plays with a defiant sneer. From her first band, the Runaways, through her hit-making days in the '80s with the Blackhearts right until her unexpected revival in the '90s, she hasn't changed her music, yet she's kept her quality control high, making one classic single ("I Love Rock 'n Roll") along the way.

Jett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 15, she had formed her first band and was performing around town. Kim Fowley, a Los Angeles record producer, discovered the band at one of their gigs and became their manager; soon, he renamed the all-female group the Runaways and secured them a contract with Mercury Records. The band released three albums that never had much commercial success in America, yet were very popular in Japan; the group was popular in both the Los Angeles hard rock and punk scenes, which led to Jett's production of the Germs' first record, (GI). The Runaways group broke up in 1980 and Jett moved to New York to begin a solo career.

Teaming up with producer/manager Kenny Laguna, Jett independently released her self-titled debut album in 1980 in America, since no labels were interested in signing her. The record was a more traditional rock & roll record than the punky Runaways, yet it retained her previous band's defiant attitude. The record sold very well for an independent release, leading to a contract with Boardwalk Records, who reissued the album under the title Bad Reputation; it soon climbed to number 51 on the American charts.

Jett formed the Blackhearts between Bad Reputation and her second album, 1981's I Love Rock-n-Roll; the group included guitarist Ricky Byrd, bassist Gary Ryan, and drummer Lee Crystal. Released at the end of 1981, I Love Rock-n-Roll became her greatest success, sending her into the Top Ten. Originally the B-side of an Arrows single, the title track was an enormous success, spending seven weeks at number one in the spring of 1982. The follow-up single, a version of Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover," went Top Ten as well; a single of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," taken from the Bad Reputation album, reached number 20 in the summer of 1982. Album, released in 1983, went gold yet had no hits that compared with either "I Love Rock 'n Roll" or "Crimson and Clover."

Jett starred in Paul Schrader's 1987 film Light of Day, which featured the Top 40 title song, yet she didn't have another Top Ten hit until 1988, when "I Hate Myself for Loving You," taken from the Up Your Alley album, hit number eight; the album became her second platinum record. After the album's success, her career had another slow period, with 1990's all-covers album The Hit List making it to number 36 and 1991's Notorious failing to chart. Between Notorious and 1994's Pure and Simple, a new generation of female rockers came of age and everyone from hard alternative rockers like L7 to the minimalist riot grrrl punk rockers like Bikini Kill claimed Jett and the Runaways as an influence. As a consequence, Pure and Simple received more press and positive reviews than any of her albums since the mid-'80s. In 1995, Jett recorded the live album Evilstig with the remaining members of the Gits, a Seattle punk rock band whose lead singer, Mia Zapata, was raped and murdered in 1993. Jett reunited with the Blackhearts for the 1999 album Fetish, and in 2006 Sinner, a return to her punk roots (and ten of whose 14 songs were found on the 2004 Japanese-only record Naked), came out. The next few years were spent touring with spots on the Warped Tour and as an opening act for bands like Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, and Green Day. When Jett returned with a new album, it was with touring guitarist Dougie Needles, longtime drummer Thommy Price, and even longer-time associate Kenny Laguna all on board. 2013's Unvarnished represented a stunning return to the form of the early days of the Blackhearts and featured a song produced and co-written with Dave Grohl. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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I love rock n' roll, so put another dime in jukebox, babe! ...
trying to get 1000 followers in the name of Rock...so follow if you want. CANT KILL R&R
My dad seid you are à rocker. I love your songs. You are AWESOME and you also make good song's.
She had that raspy old bar whore voice. Plus she looked like leather face . Two thumbs down for this guy.
ppd7445
Good Luck !!!!
@t.antley12 ...Oh no! Not this I love rock and roll crap! Get some true talent or get off of Pandora! Take all those other non-talented old bands with you, especially AC/DC....
Get a life bible thumper.

She plain ole ROCKS!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
She does a surprisingly good cover of tush
She is so awesome
Cant break free from the things that you do.love joan jett.
ROCK 'N ROLL
she is a bad a** rocker!!!!
She comes to our county fair every other year I'll see her this year :-)
seeing her live later this year -- shes still got it :)
machellegd
I love rock n roll is awesome!!
Me to love rock n roll
She is Rock!
Put a dime in the jukebox just got to be when that song came out
i love rock and roll
Hello daddy hello mom I'm a ch ch ch ch cherry bomb!
Ong. In I old lady and you and blonde were my Heroins !!! You bitched rock!!!
I love rock n roll
j.polivka5
I love this song # awesome song don't forget it.<0_0> I rate this song ************ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
jadenhousman
I love rock in roll!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! $ ! $ $ $ ! $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Haha my loves friend said that I reminded him of joan jett. From my hair style and the way I dressed and looked. I think shes pretty so I took it as a complement from an older gentlemen.
Love all the music written by Joan Jett
Listed to this track everyday. Peole my age don't get the feelings and true story in the song. Lets bring it back. Who's up for it?
For a while people thought she was a guy or vise versa
(in my crazy family)
I LOVE ROCK AND ROLE
I love her sooo much
slandrieu
I have no idea how much I love you
awheil0
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Still hot
is it bad that for a long time I thought she was a girl? xD
I am rock and roll that's my middle name y opp oooooo
bayofsmokes
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Pick a date
Post this on 5 other songs and your crush will kiss you on that day
bayofsmokes
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Pick a date
Post this on 5 other songs
And your crush will ask you out on that day
hildakale9
carrielinare s , I'm 10 too and I totally agree with you
myiasmith649 0
Joan Jett is and always be my biggest girl crush ever.
I love rock and roll
veronical111 6 0
Love it so much!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
mjhammers42
Glad to see that she is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I like the song I love rock and roll
lupe8603
Great song
carrielinare s
Love love love love her!!!!!!!! She maid me a 10 year old bang my head up and down like AC- DC too so shes asome! ;-D
She is awesome. I'm hoping to see her at the county fair because she goes there every other year
Ouch
milosdad
So, let me get this straight. MooMoo puts his dick in his coffee before he drinks it. That explains a lot.
I love rock n' roll!
carrielinare s
She...Is.... S o . . . . . A W S O M E ! I am a kid 10 using my moms Ipad.I wish other kids would listen to the oldies, instead of Katy Perry. :-(
She is fineeeeeee:; )
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