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Poll: Joan Jett Still Loves Rock 'N' Roll...

...even at age 60! Seminal rock musician Joan Jett, who (believe it or not) is turning 60 on September 22, started her music career as a teenager, playing in the all-girl band The Runaways. Since then Jett has gone around the world and back, spending the majority of her life on the road. Her romance with rock has never cooled.

To celebrate Joan's birthday, we have a list below of facts as well as some of her accomplishments. Which do you find most interesting?

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    Joan Jett in Edgeplay (2004)

    Joan Jett may seem like just an awesome stage name but Jett is actually her mother's maiden name. She took it as her name when her parents divorced, dropping her birth name Larkin. Her mother was her role model and she inherited Dorothy Jett's rebellious attitude and artistic talent.
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    Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Jackie Fuchs, and Sandy West in Edgeplay (2004)

    Joan was still in high school when she joined the band The Runaways, one of the first all-girl bands who played their own instruments. The band burned white-hot for a few years and then split. Her band mates included singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Lita Ford.
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    Joan Jett in Bad Reputation (2018)

    After The Runaways imploded, Joan was ready to get back to work, placing an ad in the LA Weekly saying, "Joan Jett wants three good men. Show-offs need not apply." Those who measured up became her band The Blackhearts.
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    Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna at an event for Bad Reputation (2018)

    Joan and partner Kenny Laguna took her first solo album, "Bad Reputation," to 23 record labels and they were rejected by all of them. Joan and Kenny decided to created their own label - Blackheart Records - using Laguna's daughter's college savings. As Laguna said, "We couldn't think of anything else to do but print up records ourselves." The album, which featured musicians including Frank Infante and Clem Burke, from Blondie, and Steve Jones and Paul Cook, from Sex Pistols, was named the album No. 36 on their '50 Coolest Albums of All Time" List in 2005. Creating the record label made Joan the first female artist to run her own indie record company.
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    'Weird Al' Yankovic in 'Weird Al' Yankovic: I Love Rocky Road (1983)

    In 1983, 'Weird Al' Yankovic released a parody of Joan's song, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" called "I Love Rocky Road." The comic strip "Bloom County" featured a character similar to Joan named Tess Turbo. Her band was called the Blackheads.
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    Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett in Light of Day (1987)

    In an attempt to jump-start an acting career, Joan starred in Light of Day (1987). The project seemed to have everything needed to succeed - Michael J. Fox starring as her brother at the height of his fame, Gena Rowlands as her mother, written and directed by Paul Schrader, author of Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980), and the title song written specifically for the movie by Bruce Springsteen. Yet the film received mixed reviews and bombed at the box office. The result smashed any hopes Jett may have had to become a movie star, though she has occasionally played guest roles on TV.
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    Joan Jett at an event for Bad Reputation (2018)

    Jett is a vegetarian, a spokesperson for PETA and she is an active member Farm Sanctuary, a group focused on protecting animals. After becoming a vegetarian, Joan learned about the toll animal farming takes on the environment. As she said, "I am a vegetarian. So I avoid contributing to the major environmental damage that the meat industry creates. I hope that soon we can make sure that everything we do is earth-friendly."
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    Joan Jett

    Joan on shaving her head: I'm bald to the skin. I had been planning it for six months, figuring if I shaved my head on the millennium, I'll sit and contemplate my life, and what it means to be alive during this time, and my hopes for the future, for humanity, for the earth, and just to really be present in that. So that was all attached to this head shaving. When this tour came up, I wanted everyone to know I was not going to change my ritual for this. I get tired of augmenting myself for other things. I didn't want to do that again, so I just figured come hell or high water, I'm shaving my head. So I did, and I love it.
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    Joan Jett and Raúl Esparza in Bad Reputation (2018)

    Joan played Columbia in 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. The cast included Lea DeLaria, Dick Cavett, Luke Perry and Raúl Esparza (Sebastian Bach played Riff Raff after Esparza left the production).
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    Freaks and Geeks (1999)

    Her song "Bad Reputation" was the theme song for the underappreciated Paul Feig show Freaks and Geeks (1999). UFC fighter Ronda Rousey - uses the song for her walk-outs. At Cal Ripken's request, she sang the National Anthem, at the Baltimore Orioles game in which he tied Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.
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    Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart at an event for The Runaways (2010)

    In 2010, a film about The Runaways' brief life was released, starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Kristen Stewart and Joan spent considerable time together preparing for Kristen's performance.
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    Joan Jett

    In 2010 Joan walked in the annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show. From their website: DTK is now the largest and most prestigious Scottish fashion event in the world. We believe that fashion without the enrichment of diverse cultures becomes hollow. The show is produced by the Friends of Scotland charity which was co-founded by Sir Sean Connery in 2002. The charity has raised significant sums for the families of wounded veterans.
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    Joan Jett in The 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2015)

    After being eligible but passed over for several years, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. After being inducted by Miley Cyrus (whom Jett has mentored), Dave Grohl joined the band onstage for a mini-set playing many of her hits including Cherry Bomb from her days in the Runaways.
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    Joan Jett and Kathleen Hanna at an event for Bad Reputation (2018)

    Called the Godmother of Punk, Jett has influenced and collaborated with a multitude of respected musicians. These include Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Paul Westerberg (The Replacements), Donita Sparks (L7) and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day).
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    Joan Jett at an event for Bad Reputation (2018)

    Joan has the honor of her own guitar - the Gibson JOAN JETT Blackheart Melody Maker - making her the first woman with her own Gibson electric signature model. Gibson developed the guitar working closely with Joan, to her specifications. She was also featured as a Mattel Barbie Doll in the Ladies of the '80s Pink Label Collection, alongside Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper.
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    Joan Jett at an event for Bad Reputation (2018)

    While Joan is a liberal who is strongly opposed to the war in Iraq, she still supports the troops by going on USO tours - more than 60 times as of 2011. She supported Howard Dean in the 2004 election because of this opposition to the war.

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