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Jane Scott, 92, one of America’s first and longest-working rock music critics

Published: 7/5/2011

Jane Scott (Plain Dealer)Jane Scott became the first rock ’n’ roll reporter in Cleveland, Ohio, after covering The Beatles’ first visit to Northeast Ohio in 1964. She was already in her mid-40s at the time and developed rock music as a new newspaper beat. She continued to write about rock stars and up-and-comers until she retired in 2002 around her 83rd birthday.

Her obituary, written by music critic John Soeder, was published on the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website a few hours after she died on July 4 at age 92.

Soeder wrote: Scott was on a first-name basis not only with music fans across Northeast Ohio, but with most of the luminaries in the rock 'n' roll universe.

Paul McCartney was an old pal of hers. Bruce Springsteen serenaded her in concert. And when she met Bob Dylan, the World's Oldest Teenager (as Scott was affectionately known) got a peck on each cheek from the Voice of a Generation.


Her retirement did not signal an end to her interest in rock music.

Soeder wrote: Even after she retired, Scott kept rocking, taking in concerts by Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and the Who, among others.

"I mean, if you can meet Bruce Springsteen, who wants to sit around and play bridge?" she told a reporter.


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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.

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