They taught me a lot about being comfortable with who I was." Now a jewelry designer in Las Vegas, the 63-year-old Stanton recalls, "I swore I'd never stick with a man who hadn't grown up with the feminist revolution.
Covering the rock scene also put her in touch with young male musicians, and she wound up going out with several guitar players and a drummer.
"Most of them weren't intimidated by my career or independence," says Stanton.
"They kept me informed and hip, so that my writing stayed fresh and current.
Robin Stanton supposes her appreciation for younger men was honed during the feminist revolution.
Growing up in Ohio in the 1950s, she married her high school sweetheart at age 22.
They had two children, but before long she realized her traditional marriage was killing her soul.
To Stanton's dismay, her husband seemed threatened by her intelligence and high spirits, as well as her singing career.
"He would denigrate me by saying I might have had brain smarts but didn't have a lick of common sense," says Stanton.
"He said I was so subject to flattery, anyone could buy me with a candy bar. And whenever I had a performance, he refused to support me by even being there." Then came feminism.
In a step that was unusual at the time, Stanton sought a divorce, then went to graduate school in journalism.
She began as a general assignment arts writer and a rock and film critic, and soon became a daily television columnist.