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About Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

New York rock band Joan Jett & The Blackhearts formed after the 1979 breakup of Jett’s first group, The Runaways. ∙ The band started an independent label, Blackheart Records, to release their 1980 debut album, Joan Jett, which they initially sold out of a car trunk directly to fans. ∙ “Bad Reputation,” their punk-inflected 1981 hit single, became the theme song of the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks and made VH1’s list of the Top 100 Hard Rock Songs. ∙ In 1982, their fist-pumping garage-rocker “I Love Rock ’N Roll” topped the Pop chart for seven weeks. ∙ They’ve had three Top 10 Pop hits, including the Grammy-nominated “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover.” ∙ In 1987, the band had a hit with the Bruce Springsteen-penned “Light of Day”—a song Jett sang as frontwoman of fictional band The Barbusters in the movie Light of Day. ∙ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

HOMETOWN
United States of America
FORMED
1980