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Joan Jett

Ricki and The Flash asks, “Where have the veteran female rockers gone?”

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As a teenager in the late ‘90s, I was obsessed with all things 1970s. My generation idolized the peace and love era, from scouring thrift shops for the perfect bell-bottoms to begging our parents for stories about Woodstock. While the world was watching the millennium approach, all we wanted to do was look to the past. And nothing resonated more than the music. Growing up, my parents would blast CCR or Joan Baez, Neil Young and Tom Petty. My first concert was a Crosby, Stills & Nash show in the fourth grade, standing on a stadium seat to see the stage better. While I eventually moved past my love of bell-bottoms, my love of old school rock and roll never…

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At long last, Joan Jett is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Why has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame taken so long to recognize Joan Jett? Founder of the all-female riot that was the Runaways and the emotionally explosive Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, she has set the tempo not just for female rockers but for the entire genre. Happily, her wait will be over April 18 when Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are inducted in the Hall. As David C. Barnett pointed out on NPR Music, Jett will raise the number of female inductees to 66—out of 726 artists. There’s a tribute to the group on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site, but to really learn more about this rock icon, check out these books: Queens of…

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