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Guitar Greats: Joan Jett

From her illustrious solo career to her early beginnings in The Runaways, Joan Jett has refused to be anything but herself, and that's the exact trait that has set her apart from her contemporaries.

Countless women, from Courtney Love to Lzzy Hale owe a debt to the likes of Jett, but her influence isn't limited to one gender, which might be her greatest accomplishment of all.

However, hit records and a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction doesn't hurt, either.

Joan Jett of the rock band 'The Runaways' poses for a portrait with her guitar in Los Angeles in November of 1975.


Joan Jett of the rock band 'The Runaways' poses for a portrait in her bedroom at her family's home in Canoga Park just outside Los Angeles, CA in 1977.


Joan Jett of The Runaways performs on stage at the Roundhouse, Camden in November 1977 in London.


Joan Jett of the rock group The Runaways performs at the Masonic Auditorium on January 14, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan.


Joan Jett - circa 1980.


Joan Jett at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey on April 11, 1981.


Joan Jett performs in concert circa 1985 in New York City.


Joan Jett performs at Glam Slam nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 27, 1992.

Joan Jett performing at CBGB's in New York City on December 17, 1993.


Concert at Don Hill's - 1996.


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts during CMJ Music Marathon 2003.

Joan Jett during Maxim 2005 Music Issue Party at Spirit in New York City, New York.


Joan Jett performs at the Gibson booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show January 9, 2007.


Joan Jett performs on stage at Munich Reitstadion Riem on June 11, 2010 in Munich, Germany.


Musician Joan Jett performs at The ALTimate Rooftop Christmas Party at W Hollywood on December 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.


Joan Jett performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.