Jane Scott, the late Plain Dealer rock critic, will be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at 1:30 p.m. on July 5th. A sculpture of her was created by artist David Deming, and will be revealed to the crowd as a permant tribute to Scott of her life and career in Cleveland.
According to Cleveland.com, on hand for the unveiling will be Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart, our very own Michael Stanley, Deming and members of Scott’s family.
Michael Stanley feels honored to be part of the event, saying, “It’s a fitting tribute to one of the great ladies of rock ‘n’ roll.” Michael first met Scott in 1965 when he and his high school band, the Scepters, were “made famous for 6 days” by Scott’s feature in Friday! Magazine.
Scott never had a degree in Journalism, but wrote for The Michigan Daily, the newspaper at Michigan State University, where she recieved her bachelors degree in English and Speech and Drama. She began writing for the Plain Dealer in 40′s, covering weddings, Debutante Balls, and had a senior citizen interest column. She then covered the Beatles visit to Cleveland in the 60′s, interviewed them before their show, and followed them back to London to watch their tour – she found her true calling. According to the book, The Beatles in Cleveland, after Scott interviewed The Beatles she said, “Once I found rock, I was never interested in anything else.”
After this first enocunter with the love of Rock and Roll, she diligently covered the music scene from the most obscure local bands to stadium headliners, documenting thousands of people, places, and events that otherwise would have been lost to history. She became widely known and appreciated by musicians, including stars like Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed. She wrote about music until she retired in 2002 (after 50 years at The Plain Dealer), and even after retiring, she continued to attend concerts and give talks about her experiences. She attended her last concert — Lyle Lovett at Lakewood Civic Auditorium — in 2008.
-Kate Murphy / 98.5 WNCX