Thursday, August 9: 5 p.m.
Beginning to sort the Jane Scott papers at the Rock Hall Library and Archives
Recently, the Library and Archives acquired the collection of Cleveland’s own Jane Scott, which includes items accumulated over the course of Scott’s long career as the first rock critic at a daily newspaper: interview notebooks, autographs, personal and promotional photographs, handbills, tour books, concert programs, sheet music, scrapbooks, posters, set lists, press passes, buttons, books, magazines, newspapers, fanzines, LPs, 45s, audiocassettes, CDs, videocassettes, DVDs, correspondence, artist press kits and newspaper clippings.
Packing up all the materials from her apartment and moving them to the Library and Archives took nearly five hours, with the guidance of Scott’s estate attorney and myself, and the assistance of four professionals from local Wood-Lee International Art Handler. The estate attorney had much of the material sorted by type of material in advance of our visit, which made the entire enterprise go more smoothly.
Often when archivists are asked to do this type of work, there are few bodies to assist and even less ...
Friday, July 8: 12:45 p.m.
Daphne Carr is a Women Who Rocks and electric bass instructor for the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University, and the series editor of Best Music Writing. She co-wrote the afterward for Out of the Vinyl Deeps: The Rock Writing of Ellen Willis (University of Minnesota Press 2011), with Rolling Stone.com’s managing editor Evie Nagy and is the co-founder of GirlGroup, a listserv devoted to discussion about women music scholars, critics, journalists, and writers. She recently attended the Rock Hall’s Summer Teacher Institute and visited the Women Who Rock exhibit.
One of the things we teach our girls at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is that “rock” is a verb, and that you can rock anything if you give it your soul, passion, and time. We encourage the girls not just to rock their instruments, but to become passionate listeners and critics of the music and musical culture they have around them, to become brilliant, even-handed and confident in their assessments of what makes music great, and to not unnecessarily shut down others who rock differently.
There may be no greater role model for that kind of ...
Monday, July 4: 4:07 p.m.
Photograph courtesy of the Plain Dealer
Legendary Cleveland rock writer Jane Scott died early today. She was 92 years old. Jane worked at The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper, for 50 years. She started out as a society writer, but seeing the Beatles' first Cleveland show at Public Hall in 1964 changed her life. She became the paper's rock writer, a job she held until she retired in 2002. She was one of the first female rock writers in the country, and she covered all of the major bands, from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who to Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.
Her stories are legendary. Springsteen always gave her a shout-out from the stage when he played shows in Cleveland. She interviewed Paul McCartney when the Beatles played their second show here, and the two became friends. She went car shopping with Jimi Hendrix, and he wound up buying a Corvette at a dealer in Shaker Heights. She drank beers with Jim Morrison in 1967. Bob Dylan gave her two kisses when he first met her.
I had the great fortune to get to know Jane when I worked at The Plain Dealer back in the mid-Seventies. What impressed ...
Tuesday, October 27: 4:14 p.m.
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Were you there? Do you remember when? As we gear up for our 2009 American Music Masters celebration, Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin, a few friends and colleagues reminded us that the master herself graced different stages in Cleveland in 1968 and 1969, and her performances still resonate with attendees. Jane Scott remembered that Janis exploded onstage at Public Hall in October of 1968. Advertisements of Janis’ May gig at the same place were splashed across the pages of the Plain Dealer. Pat Garling described her August 30, 1969 Blossom show as “musical magnificence.” Whether you attended one of the Public Hall performances or the gigs at Blossom, what do you remember about them? Did you “revel in psychedelic brainwash?” Were you jolted and held? What stayed with you? Feel free to reminisce here, and share your unforgettable memories.
- October 4, 1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company at Public Hall
- May 9, 1969: Kozmic Blues at Public Hall
- August 29, 1969: Janis ...