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Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress.

She is best known for her hit single "I Love Rock N' Roll," which was #1 on the Billboard charts from March 20 to May 8, 1982, as well as for her other popular recordings including "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me," "Light of Day," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," "Little Liar," and "Love Is All Around." Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Joan Jett grew up in Rockville, Maryland, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 15.

At age 15 Jett ran away from home after receiving a call from her boyfriend, who was sleeping with her mother. She took only a picture of a juke box with her boyfriend standing beside it. She then helped form the Runaways

In the spring of 1979, Jett was in England pursuing a solo career. While there, she cut three songs with ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones (one of which was an early version of a cover song called "I Love Rock N' Roll," originally written and performed by The Arrows).

Jett met songwriter and producer Kenny Laguna. They became instant friends and decided to work together.

Jett and Laguna entered The Who’s Ramport Studios with the latter at the helm. Jett's self-titled solo debut was released in Europe. In the United States, the album was rejected by 28 major labels.[5] Jett and Laguna released it independently on their own Blackheart Records label. Laguna remembers, "We couldn't think of anything else to do, but print up records ourselves, and that's how Blackheart Records started. It was more or less Joan's idea to do it ourselves. Jett inadvertently became the first female performer to start her own record label.

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