Joan Jett

Singer, Guitarist, Actor
Singer-guitarist Joan Jett blazed a trail for women in rock with a three-decade career devoted to high-voltage, glam-inspired music like "I Love Rock 'n Roll," "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You. " She ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1958 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Music (35)

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2016 (Movie)

("Time Has Come Today") (Song Performer)

Barely Lethal 2015 (Movie)

("Make It Back") (Song)

Miss You Already 2015 (Movie)

("Miss You Already") (Song)

The DUFF 2015 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song Performer)

The DUFF 2015 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

("Cherry Bomb") (Song)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

Easy A 2010 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song)

Kick-Ass 2010 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

("Cherry Bomb") (Song)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

("I Hate Myself For Loving You") (Song)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

RV 2006 (Movie)

("Cherry Bomb") (Song)

The Bad News Bears 2005 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song)

Sex With Strangers 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song Performer)

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song

10 Things I Hate About You 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

10 Things I Hate About You 1999 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song Performer)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

("School Days") (Song)

Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

("Do You Wanna Touch") (Song)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

("I Hate Myself for Loving You") (Song)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

("Full Cycle") (Song)

Dazed and Confused 1993 (Movie)

("Cherry Bomb") (Song)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

("Long Live the Night") (Song Performer)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("This Means War" "Rabbitt's Got The Gun") (Song)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

("Light of Day" "Rabbitt's Got The Gun" "It's All Coming Down Tonight" "Sweet Emotion") (Song Performer)

Gotcha! 1985 (Movie)

("Gotcha Where I Want Ya") (Song)

Urgh! A Music War 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

Urgh! A Music War 1982 (Movie)

("Bad Reputation") (Song Performer)
Actor (22)

Hello World! 2016 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Muppets 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Endless Bummer 2014 (Movie)

Dwill (Actor)

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 2013 American Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Undateable John 2014 (Movie)

Roxy (Actor)

The Punk Singer 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Lucky One 2012 (Movie)

Rock Band (Actor)

The Gits 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

By Hook or By Crook 2002 (Movie)

News Interviewee (Actor)

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

Jerk (Actor)

Not Bad for a Girl 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

Patti Rasnick--"The Barbusters" Band Member (Actor)

duBEAT-e-o 1983 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Urgh! A Music War 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Driver (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Undateable John 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Runaways 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Singer-guitarist Joan Jett blazed a trail for women in rock with a three-decade career devoted to high-voltage, glam-inspired music like "I Love Rock 'n Roll," "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You. " She rose to fame in the mid-1970s as bassist for the Runaways, a teenaged girl glam act assembled by notorious impresario Kim Fowley that drew more notice for its jail bait image than for amped-up tracks like "Cherry Bomb." When the group imploded in 1980, Jett released a self-titled solo LP on her own label, Blackheart Records, which earned a contract with Neil Bogart's Boardwalk Records. She quickly established herself as a fervent devotee of '60s garage punk and '70s glitter rock, which she proselytized through such hook-heavy originals as "I Love Rock 'n Roll" and covers of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)." Jett's grip on the pop charts loosened in the mid-1980s, though she made a well-regarded acting debut in Paul Schrader's "Light of Day" (1987), which also brought her a Top 40 hit with Bruce Springsteen's title track. She rebounded briefly in the early 1990s with the high-gloss hit "I Hate Myself for Loving You" before serving as godmother to the riot grrl movement, whom she embraced with critically acclaimed collaborations with alt-rock acts like Bikini Kill and the Gits. Joan Jett's fiercely independent attitude and belief in the gospel of three-rock chord rock-n-roll made her one of the most celebrated women in pop music history, culminating with her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class.

Milestones

2005

Reunited with band for a sold out 25th anniversary concert

2000

Appears in the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" in the role of Columbia

1987

Makes her acting debut in the Michael J. Fox drama "Light of Day"

1982

"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks

1980

Releases self-titled debut solo album; reissued in 1981 as Bad Reputation under her new band name Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

1979

The Runaways split amid arguments about musical direction

1979

Jett produces the debut album by legendary Los Angeles punk band The Germs, (GI)

1976

Debut album The Runaways features signature track "Cherry Bomb"

1975

Formed The Runaways with drummer Sandy West and bassist Micki Steele (a future member of The Bangles), later adding guitarist Lita Ford and singer Cherie Currie

Known for such albums as "Bad Reputation"

Bonus Trivia

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Jett tends to avoid discussing her personal life in interviews, particularly regarding her romantic life and sexuality.

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After the rape and murder of Seattle musician Mia Zapata in July 1993, Jett and Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna wrote the 1994 single "Go Home" in her memory. In 1995, Jett recorded an album with the surviving members of Zapata's band The Gits under the band name Evil Stig.

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