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Joan Jett is one of those rockers who, despite a consistent image and loads of integrity, is hard to pin down. She’s known to most by only a few iconic songs, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find her everywhere: influence, legendary guitarist, actress, activist. And unlike many of her contemporaries, she of the black-leather sensibility is still relevant today. (For contrast, witness Jett’s former Runaways bandmate Lita Ford a few years back in an MTV hair-metal special, sitting on a windy beach wrapped in a blanket, talking bitterly about the utter lameness of today’s rock ’n’ roll.) Though it’s doubtful she predicted as much as a 15-year-old high-school dropout, Jett has built the solid, respected career that today’s pop tarts claim to want but have already traded on Louis Vuitton accessories and common-denominator songwriting. Sure, staying power involves more than a little bit of luck, but you can hardly begrudge it of a woman who, after being turned down by 23 record companies, released her first solo record, Joan Jett (the classic was later renamed Bad Reputation), on her own Blackheart Records. In fact, she’s never let popular opinion get in her way, whether in deciding to shave her head or support the military. And if you don’t like it, well, you know where you can put your dime. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts play the “Planned Parenthood After-March Party” with the Casual Dots, the Clicks, the Lascivious Biddies, the Whips, and the Poem-cees at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 432-7328. (Anne Marson)