Jane Scott: One of the Greatest Rock Critics of All Time – Michael Norman, John Soeder & Janet Macoska


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, General Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (card or photo is acceptable), or negative test (time-stamped, no older than 72 hours) is required to enter. Masks are suggested except while eating and drinking.




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
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Story topic this week…


Jane Scott – One of the Greatest Rock Critics of All Time
Learn about the first major female rock critic, Cleveland legend and true trailblazer, Jane Scott. Jane was known as “The World’s Oldest Rock Critic.” She covered rock ‘n’ roll full-time for The Plain Dealer since Sept. 15, 1964, the day the Beatles played Public Hall in Cleveland on their first concert tour of the United States. She was also instrumental in bringing the Rock and Roll of Fame to Cleveland. This Cleveland legend’s story will be presented by other Cleveland famed locals, Michael Norman (Entertainment Editor for Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, who covered the opening the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame), John Soeder (Plain Dealer’s pop music critic from 1998 to 2012), and Janet Macoska (Concert photographer since ’74).

Michael Norman Bio

Michael Norman is Entertainment Editor for cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest multimedia news operation. He is responsible for coordinating entertainment, culture and food coverage, managing a staff of writers who create content for the website, daily newspaper, podcasts and newsletters. Norman joined The Plain Dealer in 1989 as a feature writer. For most of the 1990s, he was the newspaper’s pop music critic, worked closely with Jane Scott and covered the opening of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. A graduate of Ohio State University, Norman’s writing has appeared in numerous print publications and websites, including The Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly magazine, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.


John Soeder Bio

John Soeder was raised on Jane Scott’s writing. He later had the extreme good fortune of working alongside her at The Plain Dealer, where he was pop music critic from 1998 to 2012. His byline also has appeared in many other publications, including The Village Voice and Spin. He twice won first place for music feature writing at the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and his obituary of Scott won the Press Club of Cleveland’s Best in Ohio Award. His forthcoming biography of Scott will celebrate the life and times of this beloved rock ’n’ roll trailblazer.


Janet Macoska Bio

Janet Macoska has been photographing rock’s greatest legends since 1974. Among the publications that have used her photos are The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, American Photo, Classic Rock, 16, Teen Beat, MOJO, NY Times, and London Times.

Janet’s work has been featured at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, The National Portrait Gallery in London and in Hard Rock Café restaurants, hotels and casinos all around the planet. David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Devo, Heart, AC/DC, and The Kinks are just some of the artists who have used her work on their CDs.
Janet was inducted into The Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2017. Presently, she is the house photographer for MGM Northfield Park and has worked as a photographer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 11 years. Janet published her latest book Bruce Springsteen: Live in the Heartland, a retrospective of The Boss’ various shows in Northeast Ohio throughout his career, in July 2021 via ACC Art Books.

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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