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“The night I introduced Chrissie Hynde to Joan…

“The night I introduced Chrissie Hynde to Joan Jett,” by photographer Donna Santisi

“I met Chrissie in April 1980. The Pretenders were playing their second concert, at the Santa Monica Civic. I was already a huge fan. It was also Joan’s first performance at the Whisky with the Blackhearts. After their show, I took Chrissie upstairs to meet Joan. Chrissie was sisterly with her, giving her advice. 

“At one point, they start dropping their pants to compare the black and blue marks they got from their guitars.” 

(Below, Chrissie pulling off Joan’s pants!)

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“Joan would let me photograph anything I wanted. But I had just met Chrissie and she was more guarded, so she wouldn’t let me take the photo.”

(Below, Donna Santisi photographing the bruises Joan got from playing her guitar!)

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(Top two photos and story source here. Bottom photo source here.)

Debbie Harry, Blondie, Toronto, March 1977, by…

Debbie Harry, Blondie, Toronto, March 1977, by Bob Gruen. Plenty punk in pink.

Janis Joplin at San Francisco’s Winterland Bal…

Janis Joplin at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, April 12 1968, by Ted Streshinsky. Photo source here, details here.

Aretha Franklin, by Bruce W Talamon, from an a…

Aretha Franklin, by Bruce W Talamon, from an amazing interview with him at pitchfork

Patti Smith’s shiny new Rickenbacker. Photos b…

Patti Smith’s shiny new Rickenbacker. Photos by Denis O’Regan, 1976, when Patti came to Britain to record an episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test. (She performed “Horses” and “Hey Joe.” Note the OGWT “Starkicker” badge.) These are adorable! She’s clearly in love.

Joan Jett, by Brad Elterman.

Joan Jett, by Brad Elterman.

Johnny Rotten & Joan Jett, ADORABLE.

Johnny Rotten & Joan Jett, ADORABLE.

Like a leper messiah! Aretha Franklin on the B…

Like a leper messiah! Aretha Franklin on the Boston Common, September 15, 1971, by John Blanding, via bostonglobe

Joan Jett, by Chris Stein.

Joan Jett, by Chris Stein.