Joan Jett

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Joan Jett has been paving the way for girls who want to rock for 35 years. It all began when she taught herself to play the guitar when she was 14 years old. At 15, she formed the world's first all-girl rock band, the Runaways, a group known for its aggressive sound and rebellious attitude.

When the Runaways members went their separate ways in the late '70s, Joan continued to be a music pioneer. After being rejected by dozens of music labels, she founded her own company, Blackheart Records, and released her smash hit, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll."

With 21 albums and an impressive list of chart-topping hits, Joan, now 52, still has plenty of reasons to love rock.
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Published on April 13, 2011

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