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Jane Scott, 92, critic of rock in rock’s hometown

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Associated Press / July 11, 2011

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CLEVELAND - Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92.

The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that she died early last Monday after a long illness.

Always wearing her signature red plastic eyeglasses, Ms. Scott was a fixture on the Cleveland music scene from the mid-1960s until she retired in 2002.

Ms. Scott covered a Who’s Who of rock royalty, including the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, and David Bowie. The Doors’ Jim Morrison once invited her backstage for a beer. When Bruce Springsteen played Cleveland in 1975, Ms. Scott’s review predicted, “He will be the next superstar.’’