Joan Jett: Her 10 Essential Albums
The New York Times once described Joan Jett as “the godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams.” Nearly four decades into her career, the ever-youthful Jett remains an inspiration for any girl--or guy--armed with three chords and a passion for rock and roll. Jett’s latest release, Unvarnished, ranks among her very best. In the comments below, she shares her thoughts about her favorite albums.
1) The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed
“Pure organic sound, and attitude with great hooks.”
2) Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
“The greatest punk recording ever.”
3) David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
“I never get tired of this record.”
4) The Replacements: Any album
“Songwriting for the ages. Never slick, always soulful.”
5) The Ramones: Ramones
“America’s greatest punk rock band. I miss Joey so much.”
6) T. Rex: Electric Warrior
“What a beat!”
7) Devo: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo
“Manic punk pop.”
8) Lungfish: Talking Songs for Walking
“Great lyrics, great tattoos.”
9) Social Distortion: Social Distortion
“Country music for punks.”
10) David Bowie: Diamond Dogs
“Theatrical rock and roll, head and shoulders above the rest. Bowie was always stretching the boundaries.”
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