Joan Jett & The Blackhearts headline Copperhead festival Friday
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader
of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold
albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation,"
"I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson
and Clover." She sits at the head of her own independent label,
Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including
1987's Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky
Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as
Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.
As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs' LA punk masterpiece, GI.
Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version
of "I Hate Myself for Loving You" has been NBC's Sunday Night Football,
performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard
in countless films and TV shows including Easy - A, Kick Ass, The
Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.
Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at
age 15, Jett's determination and drive have kept her in the public eye.
Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on
(lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel starring
Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as
Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive
Jett and the Blackhearts continuously tour across the globe to throngs of adoring fans.
Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging
expectations - this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson
for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She's fought hard
for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and
"I've had a blessed career," she says. "I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way."