Is she or isn’t she? So far as we can tell, Joan Jett (what IS it with the initials JJ, girls? We’ve already had Janis Joplin and Jessie J) has never either confirmed nor denied her sexuality. But while all that remains opaque, what’s certain is that Joan Marie Larkin is the definitive lesbian music icon of our times. A rock ‘n’ roll model, if you like. While her first all-girl band the precocious Runaways rocked and partied harder – much harder – than any of the comparatively timid male outfits on the L.A. scene from which they’d sprung, her subsequent solo career has pretty much felt like an exercise in pussy whipping the guys into shape. In her 5th decade of rocking out she continues to age better than the lot of ‘em put together – and she STILL looks better in leather trousers than Lemmy.
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