Joan Pikula

One of the first female rock critics, Pikula covered rock and roll and wrote features for the Asbury Park Press from 1966 to 1972. During that time, she reviewed everything from local plays to concerts at Convention Hall, including shows by The Doors, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Led Zeppelin (she was cool on Zeppelin’s performance, but loved the opening act, Joe Cocker).

Pikula also was an early supporter and strong advocate for Bruce Springsteen and his early groups, including Steel Mill and the Bruce Springsteen Band.

"Perhaps Steel Mill will be the Shore's Airplane or Band. Perhaps it will be the band to put this coastal playground on the pop music map — a Mecca in its own right,” she wrote.

Pikula left the Press in '72 and became editor of Dance Magazine, where her interview subjects included John Travolta and George Balanchine.