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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