Joan Jett got her first guitar at 14 years old. Just a few years later, she was on the path to becoming an international rock and roll star. Jett began her music career as a founding member of the Runaways, an all-female rock band. After the Runaways disbanded, Jett formed the Blackhearts with her new bandmates, which included Gary Ryan, Lee Crystal and Ricky Byrd. Around the same time, Jett also released a self-titled solo album through her label Blackheart Records that provided a blueprint for her future albums. She has continued to produce a mix of rocked-out covers and revved-up punk originals with the Blackhearts and never compromising her personality, independence or ethics. Additionally, Jett is the personal mentor of Miley Cyrus - who inducted her into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - and an idol to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
You Don't Own Me: The Path to Blackheart Records
On her debut album, Joan Jett wanted to include a cover of "You Don't Own Me," the empowerment classic popularized by Lesley Gore. However, Jett's version of the song features gauzy Wall of Sound production, a wary-sounding piano, a mournful saxophone, and a steely, pleading vocal delivery. After the Runaways dissolved, no label was willing to release the record. After Jett received 23 rejection letters from record labels, Jett and Laguna decided to press her album themselves, so they were forced to create Blackheart Records. The duo was able to self-release Jett's LP under its record label. However, this also meant selling the album from Laguna's car trunk after Joan Jett concerts since they were responsible for their own merchandising. Within a year of self-releasing the record, however, Jett had to partner with a larger label, Boardwalk Records, when demand outstripped inventory, and it reissued the album in 1981 as Bad Reputation.
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Is Joan Jett coming to a city near me?
The tour has stops scheduled across the country at great venues like the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Pepsi Center in Denver. Other tour stops around North America include Seattle, Salt Lake City, Portland, Ore., Houston, Phoenix, Virginia Beach, Va., and Raleigh, N.C.
What was Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' debut album?
In 1982, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts released its first record, I Love Rock 'n Roll, and it was a breakthrough hit. The album's title track, "I Love Rock' n' Roll," originally performed by the Arrows, landed at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for seven weeks. Another one of the cover songs from the album reached Top 10 on the charts, which was "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells.
What are some of Joan Jett's greatest hits?
"Cherry Bomb," "You Drive Me Wild," "School Days," "Love Is Pain," "Bad Reputations," "You Don't Know What You've Got," "I Want You," "I Love Rock' n' Roll," "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" and "Everyday People."
What type of music is played at a Joan Jett concert?
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts like to explore the history of music in its original compositions, giving its listeners an education in R&B-inspired rock and roll of the 1950s, vintage rockabilly, girl-groups of the 1960s and NYC punk. Although the band has never abandoned its rock and roll core, it has also dabbled in grunge and hard rock. Besides being treated to the sounds of disparate genres, concert-goers can expect the Blackhearts to play covers of other people's work, including Chuck Berry's "Tulane" and the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun."
What can I expect from Joan Jett?
Live, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts is a rock force with a charismatic leader, Jett, who takes the charge. With her defiant stare and leather jacket worn like armor, Jett exudes authority and confidence on stage. Not only is she a champion for misfits and outsiders, but she is also a musician with versatility, depth and achingly smooth vocals.