Joan Jett - Rock Musician, Producer

Joan Jett - Lansdowne

Joan Jett was born Joan Marie Larkin in Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood in 1958. Her parents lived in Lansdowne, Delaware County.

Joan had her first guitar lesson at the age of 14, but quit soon after because her instructor taught folk music rather than rock.

She and her parents moved to Los Angeles where she was exposed to "glam rock" music and its style of performance.

In the early '70s she became a founding member of The Runaways, alongside drummer Sandy West and Jackie Fox, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie. Jett shared some lead vocals, played rhythm guitar, and co-wrote songs for the group.

In the 1980s Joan performed with the Blackhearts and released the hit albums, Album (1983) and Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984) with a string of Top 40 hits following. She performed in sell out tours with The Police, Queen and Aerosmith.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue to perform to sell out crowds around the world with groups such as Nirvana, Aerosmith and the Foo Fighters. She and Hot Topic released Joan's first line of clothing in 2014.