Corn Flakes With John Lennon

Corn Flakes With John Lennon

And Other Tales From A Rock 'n' Roll Life

Book - 2009
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Robert Hilburn's storied career as a rock critic has allowed him a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the most iconic figures of our time. He was the only music critic to visit Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. He met John Lennon during his lost weekend period in Los Angeles and they became friends. Bob Dylan granted him his only interviews during his "born-again" period and the occasion of his 50th birthday. Michael Jackson invited Hilburn to watch cartoons with him in his bedroom. When Springsteen took to playing only old hits, Hilburn scolded him for turning his legendary concerts into oldies revues, and Springsteen changed his set list.

In this totally unique account of the symbiotic relationship between critic and musical artist, Hilburn reflects on the ways in which he has changed and been changed by the subjects he's covered; Bono weighs in with an introduction about how Hilburn's criticism influenced and altered his own development as a musician.

Corn Flakes with John Lennon is more than about one man's adventures in rock and roll: It's the gripping and untold story of how popular music reshapes the way we think about the world and helps to define the modern American character.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781594869211
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 H543
Characteristics: viii, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Cornflakes with John Lennon


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

As pop music critic for the LA Times for 35 years, Hilburn has known and written about them all: Elvis, Cash, Dylan, Lennon, Springsteen, etc. This insightful and fascinating memoir should be read by anyone who wants a better understanding of the meaning that rock 'n' roll holds for us all (or at least us baby boomers).


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