This gallery features pictures of a sexy young Joan Jett, the rocker who rose to prominence in the early 80s. Many of these photos feature her on stage. Born on September 22, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Joan Marie Larkin, she was primarily raised in Rockville, Maryland where she attended Randolph Junior High and Wheaton High School. She got her first guitar when she was 14 and took a few lessons, but dropped out quickly because her instructor wanted her to learn folk songs. Her family moved to West Covina, California, which provided her with the opportunity to gain the spotlight with her music. She founded the band The Runaways, and they quickly gained attention after releasing their first five L.P.’s, especially in Japan. They became the opening act for bands The Ramones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick and Van Halen. While they gained massive success internationally they had a hard time finding the same support in the United States. The band disbanded in 1979, and Jett began her career as a soloist. Enjoy these photos of young Joan Jett.