The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Jane Scott Memorial Lecture Honoring Excellence in Rock Journalism: with special guest Ann Powers

Wednesday, September 21: 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will introduce the annual Jane Scott Memorial Lecture Honoring Excellence in Rock Journalism with a talk by pop music critic Ann Powers titled “Rock and Roll Started with the Shimmy: The Erotic Engine of American Pop” on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Foster Theater. This lecture is free with a reservation and seating is limited. Please email or call 216-515-8426 to RSVP. This event will be live streamed on Click here to watch.

Ann Powers is currently a pop music critic at NPR Music and is the host of The Record, a blog about how people find, make, buy, share and talk about music. Ann began her writing career in the 1980s and since then has been on staff at The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Blender. Most recently Ann was the chief pop critic of the Los Angeles Times. For four years she was the senior curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She has devoted her life to thinking and writing about music. She is the co-author, with the artist, of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece,  the author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, and co-editor with Evelyn McDonnell of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap.

Related Blog: Ann Powers searches for the language of rock and roll.

The Rock Hall’s current special exhibit, the groundbreaking Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power and its accompanying education and public programs, shine a spotlight on women in music. The annual Jane Scott Memorial Lecture Honoring Excellence in Rock Journalism was created to honor the woman widely known as one of rock and roll’s first music critics. Jane passed away this past July at the age of 92.

Ann Powers will also be featured in the documentary PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock (airing Friday November 18 at 9 p.m.) on PBS stations nationwide; in Northeast Ohio, tune in to WVIZ/PBS. The show was inspired by the Women Who Rock exhibit at the Rock Hall. From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack. The film is produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WVIZ/PBS ideastream®.

Photo of Ann Powers couresty Mito Habe-Evans