Joan Jett: A Biography

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Joan Jett - Fast Facts

Birthday: September 22nd

Born: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Height: Five feet five and a half inches

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Favourite Current Bands : Fugazi, Lungfish, L7, Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill

Kenny Laguna is Joan Jett's longtime musical partner, collaborator, producer and friend. Kenny first met Joan in 1979 at the Riot House on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Initially he was asked to meet and produce what turned out to be the last Runaways album, Joan's former band. The Runaways were a group of five teeneage girls from Southern California formed by Jett and Runaways drummer Sandy West. Commercial success eluded the band in America, but they found massive success in Japan, where the group recorded their legendary live album Live in Japan in 1977. The Runaways gave their last performance New Year's Eve 1978 in San Francisco. In the spring of 1979, Joan was in England trying to get a solo project going.

While there, she cut three songs with ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones, two of which came out as a single in Holland only. (The third song, "I Love Rock'n'Roll" was included on the 1993 "odds and sods" release Flashback.) Back in Los Angeles, Joan produced the debut album by local punk rockers, the Germs and acted in a movie based on the Runaways (with actresses playing the rest of the band) called We're All Crazy Now! (the title was taken from the Slade song). The movie was never released, but one good thing came out of the project, Joan met Kenny Laguna. "Her old manager called me and wanted to know if I would be willing to write some songs in a hurry with Joan Jett," recalled Kenny. "My wife, Meryl, told me that I...