*QUEEN OF ROCK: * If punk and every girl rocker have a godmother, Joan
Jett is it. She exploded onto the scene in the late '70s with her all
girl outfit The Runaways, formed her own record label in the early '80s,
has a more than legit claim as a recording superstar, discovered and
produced bands and records for years, hit Broadway, gained international
acclaim and still finds the time to pick up her guitar and rock the hell
out of any stage she comes across. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts--some
23 years after recording "I Love Rock 'N Roll"--just got off a summer
stint headlining the Vans Warped Tour and keeps right on cruising the
tour circuit for her latest release, Sinner, with the Eagles of Death
Metal and Throw Rag in tow.
Bio from joanjettbadrep.com
"Joan Jett is a true American original. While still in her early teens, Joan, often called "the girl Elvis", founded the seminal all-girl rock group, The Runaways, whose hits such as "Cherry Bomb" made them an international sensation. She became the first woman in rock to own her own record label, Blackheart Records. There, her next group, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, became a staple in the Top 10 charts and claims the #28 song of all time, "I Love Rock n' Roll", which was number 1 on the Billboard charts for two months after 23 major record labels refused to give her a deal.
Joan starred in the Paul Schrader film Light Of Day, with Michael J. Fox, Jason Miller, Gena Rowlands, and Michael McKean. She appeared in Boogie Boy, an independent film by Pulp Fiction alums Craig Hamann and Roger Avary. Her "bad guy" credits include playing an evil immortal in the Highlander television series, and she played a contract killer and reached a pinnacle in action film when she got to fight a martial-arts battle to the death with the legendary Chuck Norris.
Joan will appear in the indie film The Sweet Life premiering at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. This romantic comedy, by the team that created The Substitute film series, will have Joan Jett and The Blackhearts singing the title song.
On Broadway, Joan was in the original cast of the hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Joan Jett continues to be one of the most durable live concert attractions, and has set a standard for women in the industry."