Jane Scott Comes Alive at Rock Hall


Today the Rock and Roll hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a statue dedicated to legendary Plain Dealer rock music writer Jan Scott, who died last Fourth of July. The lifesize, lifelike bronze statue, sporting Scott’s trademark red glasses, was created by area sculptor and past president of the Cleveland Institute of Art David Deming. With her pen posed over a reporter’s pad, she appears poised to conduct an interview featuring her trademark queries: “What’s your favorite color?” and “What high school did you go to?” Scott’s nephew Bill Scott, his wife Linda, and her nieces Linda Cook and Sally Gooding and their respective spouses Joe and Garry came to Cleveland for the dedication of the statue they commissioned. Michael Patterson from Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s office who presented the Rock Hall with a copy of the proclamation Kucinich made in her honor last year. And Rock Hall President Terry Stewart announced the completion of an agreement with the family for the Rock Hall’s Archives and Library to acquire Scott’s papers, notebooks, and photos relating to her 40 years covering rock music in Cleveland.

The official unveiling was done by a Cleveland figure almost as iconic as Scott herself: musician Michael Stanley. After pulling the drape from the figure, he sat down with it and prepared to reveal his high school (Rocky River) to her for the 786th time. The statue will have a permanent place in the museum's lower lobby, where visitors can sit down with Jane and chat.

Bill Scott, Linda Cook & Sally Gooding (rear) pose with Michael Stanley and the memorial statue of their aunt
  • Bill Scott, Linda Cook & Sally Gooding (rear) pose with Michael Stanley and the memorial statue of their aunt

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