‘World’s oldest rock critic’ Jane Scott dies aged 92

Writer passes away after Alzheimer's disease complications

Jane Scott, the woman dubbed the “world’s oldest rock critic”, has died at the age of 92.

She passed away in Ohio following Alzheimer’s disease complications, according to her lawyer, William Fulton. Scott is survived by no immediate family members.

She served The Plain Dealer newspaper in Ohio from 1952 until 2002 when she retired at the age of 82.

During her period on the publication she covered the rise of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of Jane Scott,” Michael Heaton, a former colleague at The Plain Dealer, told CNN. “When it comes to music, when it comes to journalism – she invented rock criticism. It was her life and she lived it.”

Jane‘s impact and influence on generations of rock music fans, performers and journalists can be felt in the tributes, messages and notes that have come pouring into us,” The Plain Dealer managing editor Thom Fladung added. “From the likes of [country singer] Lyle Lovett, who said, ‘Music lost one of the dearest members of its family,’ to the fan who simply said, ‘Salutations to Jane Scott. What a badass’.”