Singer Joan Jett turns 56 today, according to the Times Union. Rolling Stone describes Joan Jett as a “punkish hard rock & roll” success of the 1980s with hits like, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation.” Born in 1960, Joan Larkin became Joan Jett by taking on her mother’s maiden name in her teen years.
Toronto Sun adds that Joan Jett quit learning guitar at the age of 13 to pursue her unique brand of punk. Leaving her folk guitar lessons behind, Joan came into her own sound with her black hair and edgy looks, too. Joan Jett is the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
After her success in the 1980s, Joan Jett has continued to perform and collaborate in a variety of musical projects. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts are on the road, and the tour is currently covering the United States through the fall. Her upcoming dates are this week on September 24 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 26 at Yakima, Washington, September 27 in Lancaster, California, and several October and November show dates. Concert goers can catch Joan Jett performing all of her hits, including “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
The Inquisitr reported earlier this month how Joan Jett replaced CeeLo Green at the upcoming Louisiana music festival in October. She’s been in a few headlines, including coverage of her stint with Nirvana, filling in for the late Kurt Cobain. All in all, Joan Jett is active today and very much appreciated.
HuffPost Style reports that the singer’s style is timeless. With heavy eye makeup and a love for leather, Joan Jett carries herself with a unique edge that is still attractive as she’s gotten older. She’s also worn the same layered, choppy mullet for years, and it works for her face and image. Though her look is punk, it’s always been accessible by many other fashion styles.
The New York Post notes that Joan Jett has had some recent success through the 2006 NBC primetime football anthem, written by Jett, “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” which NBC renamed “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” The singer even bought herself a brand-new Cadillac ELR. The 1988 song is still going strong in homes across the country during football season.
Joan Jett shares her birthday with other celebrities today. Among singers, Andrea Bocelli and Debbie Boone celebrate birthdays today, along with actress Bonnie Hunt and baseball manager Thomas Charles Lasorda. The singer-musician is likely to be singing herself a punk version of the “Happy Birthday” song.
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