Joan Jett, guitarist, singer
Singer ~ Guitarist
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
birth name: Joan Marie Larkin

Joan Jett

September 22, 1958, Philadelphia, PA

I got my Melody Maker in 1977,” the legendary Joan Jett says about the guitar she has made one of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll. “It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like ‘I Love Rock N' Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’ and ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me.’ It's my baby.” ~ Gibson: Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker ~ retrieved September 21, 2013 © Gibson

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. ~ Allmusic: Joan Jett ~ retrieved September 22, 2013 © Allmusic

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts ~ Inducted in the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Joan Jett and the Blackhearts created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Their biggest hit, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Number One in 1982) is a rock classic - as pure and simple a statement about the music's power as Chuck Berry's “Roll Over Beethoven.” The honesty and power of their records make you believe that rock and roll can change the world. ~ 2015 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame



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