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Joan Jett

Evelyn McDonnell, Rolling Stone, 13 November 1997

IN 1976, JOAN Jett was a black-leather-wearing 16-year-old living across the street from Los Angeles' notorious Whisky-a-Go-Go and writing songs like the classic fox anthem 'Cherry Bomb'. Her band, the Runaways, was the world's first hard-rocking all-female band, but the five JD-looking teenagers got jeered out of showbiz. Jett went on to form the Blackhearts, with whom she has had such hits as 1982's 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll', 1988's 'I Hate Myself for Loving You' and 1990's 'Dirty Deeds'. Most recently, Jett has collaborated with members of L7, Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland. Her forthcoming album, tentatively titled Friend to Friend, shows her skills have been juiced by the new wave of women rockers, many of whom cite her as an inspiration.

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