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Punk Rock: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Joan Jett performance photographJoan Jett & the Blackhearts smash genre (and gender) boundaries

by fusing punk, glam and heavy metal with '50s and '60s rock & roll. With a fiercely DIY spirit and a disdain for conformity, the band has carved out a career marked by subverted expectations and raucous music. Charismatic leader Joan Jett leads the charge. With a guitar draped low over her hips, a defiant stare, and leather worn like chain mail armor, she exudes onstage authority and confidence. Jett is always the coolest person in the room, and an inspiration to anyone who feels like an outsider or misfit. But beneath this tough-as-nails exterior is a musician with depth and versatility. Her voice can be sandpaper-rough or achingly tender—and she's never shied away from making herself vulnerable, either with anger or despair. More on

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