Rock critic Jane Scott to be memorialized at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND - A legendary rock critic fought to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland. Now, she'll be permanently honored there. A sculpture of "the world's oldest teenager" was unveiled today.

The sculpture features Scott sitting on a bench with a pen and notepad in her hand. On the pad are two questions: "What is your favorite color?" and "What high school did you graduate from?" There is room on the bench for people to sit next to her and have their photo taken. Scott is also sporting her trademark red glasses.

Lakewood native Dave Deming created the sculpture. Deming is the former president of The Cleveland Institute of Art. His work can be seen locally as well as throughout the US.

Jane Scott had a 50-year career with the Plain Dealer. During that time, she covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and ended up on a first name basis with many of rock's stars.

"She covered small, large, insignificant, emerging, every artist that passed through this town. She didn't find any difference between any of them. She was considered to be the first and most significant Rock journalist of all time. We're very proud that happened right here in Cleveland." said Terry Stewart, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Scott once said that she realized the world changed after seeing the Beatles perform in 1964.

Friends and family of Jane Scott were on hand for the unveiling of her sculpture. It is located on the lower level lobby of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Scott retired in 2002. She died at the age of 92 on July 4, 2011.

 

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