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With her new album and L.A. acclaim, Former Runaway Joan Jett proves she never left
With her new album and L.A. acclaim, Former Runaway Joan Jett proves she never left

Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree. The city of West Hollywood declared Aug. 1 Joan Jett Day. "It was a nice way to come back to West...

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