NEO Sound (formerly known as the Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives, or NEOPMA) comprises a substantial group of archival collections (including personal papers, correspondence, photographs, song manuscripts, business records, posters, and rare audio and video recordings) and library materials (including books, dissertations, magazines and journals, commercial audio and video recordings, and sheet music) that focus on popular music, musicians, radio stations, record labels, recording studios, music venues, concert promoters, booking agencies, and music publishers in Northeast Ohio.
Northeast Ohio played a significant role in the history of popular music. Beginning with WJW-AM deejay Alan Freed’s radio show, his coining of the phrase "rock and roll” to refer to the musical style, and his staging of the earliest rock and roll concerts, Cleveland continued to play an important musical role during the 1960s-1970s through the promotion of significant national artists and the development of FM radio. The region as a whole has produced seminal performers in rock music, including the Raspberries, Joe Walsh, Devo, Pere Ubu, the Dead Boys, and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and the local music scene continues to thrive today through acts like Broccoli Samurai, Herzog, Lighthouse and the Whaler, and Wesley Bright and the Hi-lites.
NEO Sound was established to preserve this important part of Northeast Ohio’s cultural heritage for future generations and to create an in-depth resource for researchers of all kinds. NEO Sound also serves as a vehicle for locally-relevant public programs at the Library and Archives, including lectures, panel discussions, performances, and other events.
The Jane Scott Collection is the cornerstone of NEO Sound. As one of the country’s first daily newspaper rock-music reporters, Jane Scott (May 3, 1919 - July 4, 2011) diligently covered the music scene from the most obscure local bands to stadium headliners, documenting thousands of people, places, and events that otherwise would have been lost to history. Over the course of her 40+ year career with The Plain Dealer, Scott covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name basis with many stars. The materials linked to here include only what the staff of the Library and Archives has been able to make available so far from Scott's vast personal library of books, periodicals, scores, audiovisual materials, and her personal papers of research files, clippings, photographs, memorabilia, and concert ephemera.