The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Plain Dealer, family members and friends will host a tribute in honor of late rock and roll critic and Cleveland native Jane Scott on Sunday, August 28, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hall. The evening will feature tributes, presentations and live performances dedicated to Scott’s legacy.
During her 50-year career at The Plain Dealer, Jane Scott covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was considered to be one of the first and most significant rock and roll critics in the country. Influential in the music world, she was also instrumental in the campaign to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Cleveland. Nine years after her retirement, Jane Scott died on July 4, 2011, at the age of 92.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s remembrance of Jane Scott will commence with a special program honoring her life and legacy. The program will begin with a welcome from President and CEO of the Rock Hall, Terry Stewart, followed by a memorial presentation from Pastor Mark Rollenhagen and tributes from musicians Wally Bryson of the Raspberries and Michael Stanley, as well as John Soeder, pop music critic for The Plain Dealer, and Jane Scott’s nephew Dave Scott. Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the City of Cleveland, will also present a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Frank G. Jackson honoring Jane Scott’s pioneering efforts in rock music journalism and her commitment to Cleveland. The event will include a video tribute to Jane Scott and a military honor guard in recognition of her Navy service in World War II. Guests will also have the opportunity to record their own personal video testimonial, which will be shared with the Scott family.
Live performances from influential Cleveland artists Michael Stanley and Beau Coup will immediately follow the memorial ceremony.
The Scott family has requested those wanting to make contributions in Jane Scott’s memory offer donations to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Educational Activities. Contributions can be made at the memorial event, online or by calling 216-515-1233. Visit rockhall.com/get-involved/donate for more information.
Parking for the August 28 event will be available at the AMPCO lot immediately north of Cleveland Browns Stadium.
About Jane Scott
Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Jane Scott rightfully became a legend whose fame spread far beyond Northeast Ohio. Born in 1919 in Lakewood, she began her journalism career in the late 1940s, but it wasn’t until she covered the Beatles 1964 Cleveland visit that she found her true calling. As one of the country’s first daily newspaper rock-music reporters, 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, 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. Scott, a World War II veteran of the WAVES, died on July 4, 2011.