I don’t get how an organization called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can have the word Rock and Roll in it and don’t have a room called “Joan Jett” let alone don’t have Joan Jett in her list of inductees from day 1.
Because Joan Jett is Rock and Roll embodied. In this post I will name some reasons why her name should be all over every Rock Museum on the planet.
I will forget how hot and sexy Joan Jett is because that would count for at least 10 reasons more, although Rock and Roll should always be hot and sexy.
I’ll also forget about the millions of records she’s sold, about all the platinum and gold albums she has, about all of her top ten songs, about how many times she’s toured the world and how all of her shows are sold out. I’ll forget about everything that can be accountable and I’ll go straight to what really matters about Rock and Roll.
1. JOAN JETT was Joan Jett before she was Joan Jett
Joan Marie Larkin was an outsider in school, she was shy, she was nice and friendly, but anyone could sense she had an internal flame waiting to set a big fire and also an incredible sense of calm and deepness about her, something that could attract anyone, the mark of a rockstar.
That is why when Joan at 15 in Rodney Bigenheimer’s English Disco, shy and gutsy as she was, was a role model for every teen girl at the club and everyone wanted to be her friend or to be just like her.
2. THE QUEENS OF NOISE
At 15 Joan Jett wanted to form an all-girl band and at 16, she did.
At first the band was a 3 piece (Then they became 5 an d then 4), they were celebrities in the teen club rock and roll L.A scene and in less than a year The Runaways toured the world more more than once, made 4 studio albums, 1 live album, several bootlegs and became one of the most influential bands of the 70’s, the starters of the upcoming L.A Punk Scene and icons in their own right, serving as reference to many bands today.
Joan Jett was the heart of The Runaways, she was there from the first to the last day, she wrote the songs, created the cool riffs, and sang a lot of the songs, “The Runaways” was Joan Jett’s baby.
3. THE BLACKHEARTS
After the Runaways broke up, Joan Jett was depressed and felt really lost, her baby was dead and nobody else seemed to believe in her, she felt betrayed and a failure, she gave herself to parties, drugs and alcohol, she felt crushed. She was nothing without Rock and Roll, she hit rock bottom but eventually she decided to form another band, so she formed The Blackhearts and played every club she could play. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue to play to this day and they have never, ever stopped.
They created an unique style that has influenced the shape of music today and it would be fair to say that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are a band so Rock and Roll that year after year reminds us how awesome and important Rock and Roll is, they are always lighting the flame.
They are a“ Three-chord straight up rock ‘n’ roll band in your face with sweaty music and three minute good songs” as she would say.
It would be really hard to listen to The Blackhearts without ending with a huge smile on your face and the eagerness to go out and passionately do anything you love doing.
4. SHE FOUGHT THE LAW AND SHE WON.
The Runaways sometimes were treated really bad because they were girls, they had to take one for the team, people focused on their looks, their sexuality and thought they couldn’t play because they were teen girls, but they fought back and they showed the world they were really good and a really tight rock and roll band, opening the doors for many to come.
The same happened after Joan left the Runaways, no record company wanted to deal with her and she received 23 rejection letters, that is why she decided to form her own record label, so she can release her own record and that record was a big hit selling millions and millions of copies worldwide.
Blackheart Records is now one of the oldest independent labels there is, exists even to this day and keeps launching the careers of many bands.
5. I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL
Joan Jett is a fan of music; she is not a rockstar thinking she is above being a fan anymore. She picked up a guitar because she wanted to make “those sounds” the sound of a mean rhythm guitar, the sound on Led Zeppelin, T.Rex and Black Sabbath records.
She is still a rock and roll fan, she even hosted her own radio show on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, a show called The Radio Revolution, that when on many years.
Joan Jett loves music and she has a very particular taste, she knows when she likes something, she always finds new bands, she supports them and embraces them. She’s also played with many of her favorite bands always with a big and humble smile on her face.
6. FOR ALL THE BLACK HEARTS
She has supported and inspired countless bands, from The Germs to Miley Cyrus, From Bikini Kill to the Foo Fighters. From The Go-Go’s to Brody Dalle. Many bands started because of Joan Jett, many girls and boys around the world learned how to play the guitar because of Joan Jett.
With The Runaways she travelled to England and became enamored with the punk scene there, when she came back to L.A she told everybody what she saw.
She pretty much connected the UK punk scene with the L.A scene back in the 70’s.
Without Joan Jett many great band wouldn’t exist.
7. I’M IN LOVE WITH JOAN JETT
To know her is to love her, every band she has played with has only nice things to say about her and her band, The Who, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, X, Blondie, Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Green Day, ZZ Top, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, etc. Too many to list.
Joan Jett is so cool, so down to earth, so straight forward, so shy yet so out there, so nice, so sexy, so powerful and so humble, so in love with rock and roll, that it’s hard for any rock fan not to lover.
8. THE QUEEN OF FASHION
Joan Jett is a fashion icon. She’s always had a unique sense of style and uses her image as an expression of herself, she doesn’t care about any trend, she IS the trend.
Joan Jett pretty much brought the UK punk style to L.A in her own version, that style became the Joan Jett style around the world, so unique, so Rock ad Roll that through the years she has always been the reference of the Rock woman. She has inspired many designers, many trends were based on her style, there’s even a store (Hot Topic) that could easily be all clothes taken from Joan Jett’s wardrobe.
Since 1976 to 2014 there have been people dressed as Joan Jett and lines of clothes based on Joan Jett.
So it was an obvious step for her to collaborate with a designer to create her own line of clothes, in 2014.
When Joan Jett was 21 she was asked by her fans Darby Crash and Pat Smear to produce the record of their band “The Germs”, she had never produced a record before, but she manage to capture the essence of the band making them listenable enough without losing a bit of the Germs spirit, that record became on of the most iconic punk records ever.
Since then Joan Jett has produced some other iconic records very successfully, like Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl.
10. THE GUITAR
Anything Joan Jett does has a big stamp with her name on it.
Joan Jett is the queen of rhythm crunch; she has her own style, simple chords, space between strums, no effects, just pure and simple on your face rhythm guitar. Joan is on Rolling Stones 100 greatest guitar players of all times and as they describe it, her playing is “no frills, all heart, no fucking around”.
When Joan plays all you wanna do is grab a guitar and pretend you are a rockstar, she exudes Rock and Roll when she plays it, she grabs it like it is an extension of herself, like she is having sex with it, like she once said “Pussy to the wood, fuck your guitar!!”
Gibson made 2 Joan Jett signature models in 2010, those models sold like hot bread.
11. THE VOICE
If Rock and Roll had a voice it had to be Joan Jett, in fact she IS Rock and Roll’s voice, so sweet, so tough, so full of passion, all rhythm, all love, all sex, all going for it.
When Joan sings a song she wrote you can feel her baring her skin, you can feel every emotion in the roughest way possible, she never oversings, she subtlety takes the song where they wanna go and creates a new level of comfort and urge.
Joan Jett’s voice is hard to explain, because there are so many layers to her voice, but I could say that when Joan Jett sings a song whether she wrote it or not, she owns it. Every song is a virgin until Joan Jett sings it.
Nobody sings like Joan Jett.
12. THE ACTIVIST
Joan Jett has a big heart, she cares about the world and has a huge inner world that her beautiful eyes can’t help to express, Joan Jett exudes sex because she owns her sexuality she is always in control, she is extremely intelligent, she is very spiritual, she is a feminist, she cares about animals, she cares about politics, about connection. She speaks up but she does not judge, she cares about the human kind, she includes everyone.
Joan helps many causes, too many to list, she gives a lot of money to different charities but never speaks about it; she is also always there to support a good cause with her presence.
Joan Jett is an awesome human being that is willing to do anything to express her thoughts without being preachy or annoying. Her whole life is a political statement; her guitar could the front cover of a feminist book and all that is reflected in her songs.
Her message is in all of her songs, DIY, be yourself, don’t be ashamed, don’t judge, don’t discriminate, embrace all ages, al sexes, all sexual preferences, go vote, be sexual, support equality, fight for your rights, be a beautiful underdog.
Joan Jett has changed the lives of thousands of people around the world through Rock and Roll
13. THE SONGS
A Joan Jett’s song is pretty recognizable in the best way possible, crunchy guitars, big choruses, handclaps, fun, passion, a killer drum and one of the best rock and roll vocals you will ever hear.
Yet, The Blackhearts, have a huge catalogue of songs that are very different from each others, you can hear killer covers (just like in the old days of Rock and Roll), You can hear Iconic and groundbreaking songs that are anthems like “Bad Reputation”, power ballads, sexual songs, there’s a song for every feeling, for every thought.
I think The Blackhearts are a perfect example of a Rock and Roll band that transcends time. They resemble anything that is pure and simple Rock and Roll, from 1955 to 2014. They are a little Punk, a little Metal, a little Glam, a little Hard Rock, a little pop rock and a little grunge. The Blackhearts are Chuck Berry meets the Ramones, The Rolling Stones meets Sweet, T.Rex meets Nirvana.
Joan Jett songs are part of Rock and Roll history, we’ve all dance to her songs, we’ve all sang along. Some songs are to have fun, some are to turn you on, some are to search your soul, they are all to sweat your heart out.
It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or you are 78, you will definitely like Joan Jett’s songs.
14. HER SCENE IS ROCK AND ROLL
The Blackhearts are a Rock and Roll band, they transcend any sub-genre, they are part of the punk scene, but the Metal Scene embraces them, they are a little Glam but they are considered Hard Rock. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are a perfect example of a modern Pure Rock and Roll band.
Joan Jett should be in any Rock and Roll book.
If you talk about women in rock, if you talk about the L.A Rock scene, if you talk about punk, if you talk about UK Punk, if you talk about CBGB’s, if you talk about Glam, If you talk about Rodney on the Roq, if you talk about the Riot Grrl movement, if you talk about independent music, if you talk about fashion, if you talk about underground, if you talk about the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s, 00’s, and if you talk about today, you have to mention Joan Jett.
Joan Jett plays stadiums and plays clubs, plays fairs and plays theaters, she doesn’t care, although she prefers small venues , she just want to play, she just wants to sweat and connect with people, she has never stopped playing since 1975.
15. ROCK AND ROLL IS HUMBLE
I think humbleness is the big lost value of the modern world, when someone exudes humbleness, they exude light and that is exactly what makes Joan Jett so attractive, she is very humble, very grateful, she doesn’t have to say she is a rockstar, that she is awesome, that she is an Icon, a legend, her light makes that for her (and also, everyone else do that for her).
Joan is always there for her fans, she always does meet and greets, she will always sign your stuff, she looks the crowd in the eye and there are a million stories about how she’s done very big and cool things for her fans.
When she plays you can feel her passion and joy and how she doesn’t take anything for granted, how her soul is all rock and roll. She’s never lost the innocence about it, after all these years she’s not cynical and she is never pretentious, and her work is a sign of that. she is just humble, she is just light.
16. JOAN JETT IS AN ICON
It’s hard to imagine a world without Joan Jett in it. It would be a sad world. Joan Jett is so much part of today culture that sometimes we forget about her, but the truth is she is in every kid loving rock and roll, in every person with a leather jacket, in every band playing at some club, in every woman picking up an instrument, in every rock song, in every rock designer.
Joan Jett is an Icon, is a living legend, is a role model. Joan Jett is always at the top of her career, at the top of everything even 40 years after she started, she is not an old rocker, she is as fresh and effective as she was in 1982. She keeps releasing cool music, keeps innovating, keeps playing, she has never stopped playing. This year she’s been on countless T.V shows, done 2 movies, appeared on the Foo Fighters documentary series, received 3 legendary awards, a tribute has been done in her name by amazing and well known rockstars, she’s been trending topic at least 4 times on twitter, etc.
There is no one type of people who like Joan Jett, her fans are from different cultures, all ages, all sexes, Joan Jett is for everyone.
She is not part of Rock and Roll, Joan Jett IS Rock and Roll.