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Her stories are legendary

Monday, July 4: 4:07 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
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 me the most about her was that she was totally open-minded about the bands and artists she was covering. She held no biases. It didn't matter if it was a punk band, a heavy-metal band or a mainstream pop artist, Jane treated them all the same. And she loved covering the music. Rock and roll was her life. And she continued to write about it into her seventies and eighties. As she liked to say, she was "the world's oldest teenager."

Jane, we will truly miss you, but thankfully you had a wonderful 92 years on this planet. And you have left behind many amazing stories. Thank you so much!

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