Thanks Diane F. Germain
Joan Jett was born in 1958 as Joan Marie Larkin. She is a rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and sometimes an actress. Joan had a string of hits in the 80s and 90s. She began her career in music at age 15 in the punk–pop band, “The Runaways”. The movie of the same name portrays her early career and is quite delightful.
Joan moved to Southern California when she was a teen and learn to scream. Critics didn’t know what to do with the band’s youth and female sex. Many critics, then, disparaged them in their reviews. The Runaways sang about sex, rebelling, and hard partying. Cherry Curie on lead vocals wore lingerie on stage and Joan wore a red leather jumpsuit. Their first album called “The Runaways” failed to impress but “Cherry Bomb” became a punk hit. The next year, their second album, “Queen of Noise” was not well received in the United States. However, the Japanese raved about it and gave it three gold records, there. In 1979, The band broke up.
Joan ask her parents for her first guitar. She went to a guitar teacher (male) to learn to play. He told her right out of the gate, “girls don’t play rock ‘n’ roll”. With sexist attitudes like that, it’s amazing that girls get anything done at all. The Rolling Stone Magazine hated the Runaways. Jimi Hendrix said that “Women in rock ‘n’ roll are going to be looked at as aliens. And it was true, these young Women musicians were called sluts, of course, (Joan tells us). Joan, also said, “tell me I can’t do something. You know, I’m going to be doing it.”
In 2011, a book called, “Bad Reputation” was published as the unauthorized biography of Joan Jett. In 2018, “Bad Reputation”, the movie, is coming out in a theater near you.
In 2010, Kristen Stewart played a brooding Joan in “The Runaways“. This authorized documentary shows the real Joan and her take on her early beginning, facing eye-popping sexism in her rise to rock ‘n’ roll royalty.
When asked about her sexuality especially with her band-mate Cherie, Joan says, “focus on the music. If you want to know about me, listen to the lyrics”.
This is a picture of Joan in the 1980s playing to an enthusiastic audience in Norway. In April 2014, Joan was the first Woman to win a Golden God award. She also won an AP Icon award from the alternative press in the same year. Joan, so far, has made 42 singles and 14 studio albums. She has two platinum albums for “Up Your Alley” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”.