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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Joan Jett

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be performing 
at Ignacio Bike Week More info.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

A string of Top 40 hits followed, as well as sellout tours with The Police, Queen, and Aerosmith, among others. Jett was the second American act of any kind to perform behind the Iron Curtain, after Blood, Sweat & Tears in Romania in 1969. She was among the first English-speaking rock acts to appear in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

I Love Rock n Roll

Bad Reputation

Crimson & Clover

Cherry Bomb

Do you want to touch me

Love Hurts

After receiving her own MTV New Year's Eve special, Jett beat out a number of contenders to appear in the movie Light of Day with Michael J. Fox. Bruce Springsteen wrote the song "Light of Day" especially for the movie and her performance was critically acclaimed.

MTV New Year's Eve Special 1985

1987 Michael J Fox & Joan Jett perform Light of Day

Her 1991 release Notorious, which featured The Replacements' Paul Westerberg and former Billy Idol bassist Phil Feit, was the last with Sony/CBS as Jett switched to Warner Brothers. A CD single of "Let's Do It" featuring Jett and Westerberg was also released during this time and appeared in the song credits for the movie Tank Girl. In 1993, Jett and Laguna released Flashback, a compilation of various songs on their own Blackheart Records.

Tank Girl - Let's do it

Later years

In 1997 Joan Jett was featured on the We Will Fall: The Iggy Pop Tribute record. She performed a cover of the Johnny O'Keefe song "Wild One".

Real Wild Child performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Jett is a guest artist on Marky Ramone's solo album Start of the Century on the track "Don't Blame Me".
Marky Ramone & Joan Jett - Don't Blame Me

She is a guest vocalist on Peaches' album Impeach My Bush on the tracks "Boys Want to Be Her" and "You Love It".

I don't Give a F**K

At an October, 2001 9/11 benefit in Red Bank, New Jersey, Jett and Springsteen appeared together on stage for the first time and played "Light Of Day". Jett, overcome with emotion, declared it one of the greatest moments in her career.

Joan Jett & Bruce Springsteen

A Joan Jett video with Paul, Paul Jr. and Mikey Teutul of the Learning Channel show American Chopper aired on January 14, 2007. The making of that video was presented in a segment of the show that aired on The Learning Channel on February 22, 2007.

Following The Dave Clark Five's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on March 10, 2008, Jett, as part of the ceremony, closed the program with a performance of the DC5's 1964 hit "Bits and Pieces." She was introduced by actor Tom Hanks, who said, "Ladies and gentlemen — at one time, if I had been lucky, one of the most beautiful 'Mrs. Tom Hanks' you can imagine, but I'm not complainin' — Joan Jett!"

Tom Hanks - DC5 - Joan Jett - Bits and Pieces

Current projects

Jett was an executive producer for the film The Runaways, which chronicled the Runaways' career. Floria Sigismondi, who directed videos for Marilyn Manson, the White Stripes and David Bowie, wrote and directed. Runaways premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24, 2010. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts appeared at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, at Harry-O's, for The Runaways promotion, which was also attended by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

The Runaways Trailer

Jett, a sports fan, has remained actively involved in the sports world. Her cover of "Love is All Around" (the theme song of The Mary Tyler Moore Show) became an anthem in women's sports and was used by the NCAA to promote the Women's Final Four, as well as the song "Unfinished Business" which was never commercially released. "Love Is All Around" went into radio play and became the number one requested song without an existing (support) CD.

Love is All Around - Theme song for Mary Tyler Moore Show

Other work

Joan Jett, performing in a Joe Namath
New York Jets jersey, in Norway, 1980s

At Cal Ripken Jr.'s request, she sang the national anthem, at the Baltimore Orioles game in which he tied Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.

Joan Jett sings National Anthem

The melody for her song "I Hate Myself For Loving You" is used as the theme music for NBC Sunday Night Football with re-worked lyrics and retitled "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night".

I Hate Myself for Loving You

Jett has also been a consistent supporter of the US Armed Forces, has toured for the USO for over 20 years

Joan Jett and Kellie Pickler - USO Tour

Joan Jett interview about USO

Film, stage and television appearances

Jett's first appearance on film is in the 1981 live concert film Urgh! A Music War, performing "Bad Reputation" with the Blackhearts at The Ritz in New York City. She made her acting debut in 1987, co-starring with Gena Rowlands and Michael J. Fox in the Paul Schrader film Light of Day. She appeared in independent films, including The Sweet Life and Boogie Boy.

JOAN JETT interview (Urgh A Music War & Bad Reputation Video).mp4

The Sweet Life movie trailer

Boogie Boy movie trailer

During the 1990s, she appeared on the sitcom Ellen, performing the title song. In 1992, she was the guest star on an episode of TV's Highlander: The Series, the first musician to guest star in the series

Joan Jett on the Ellen Degeneres Show

Joan Jett on Highlander

In 2000, Jett appeared in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show in the role of Columbia. That same year, Jett appeared on Walker, Texas Ranger as an ex-CIA agent turned assassin hired to kill Walker and Alex.

Joan Jett - ( ROCKY HORROR ) Broadway Cast 2001

Walker, Texas Ranger Ep 174- Wedding Bells: Part I

On March 24, 2010, she appeared as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Accompanied by the Blackhearts, she performed "Bad Reputation".

March 24, 2010 The Late Show with David Letterman

On April 14, 2011, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with Miley Cyrus, performing a medley of Joan's biggest hits: "Bad Reputation", "Cherry Bomb" and "I Hate Myself".

Miley Cyrus & Joan Jett interview with Oprah

Accolades and awards

  • Jett was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in October 2006.
  • In 2003, Jett was named in the Rolling Stone greatest 100 guitarists of all time at number 87.  She was one of only two women in this list, the other being Joni Mitchell at number 72.
  • Jett is listed as one of Blender's "hottest women of rock" 21 years after she started The Runaways".
  • Joan Jett is honored by Gibson with a signature model of her Melody Maker, which is a white double cutaway with one zebra humbucker and "kill" toggle switch.   

Joan Jett promoting PETA in 2010

PETA official website      PETA interview with Joan Jett

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