Corn Flakes with John Lennon by Robert Hilburn
And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life

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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.
 

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Robert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has reported extensively on pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Johnny Cash.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Rodale. 298 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, War, History. Non-fiction

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Longtime Los Angeles Times pop-music journalist Hilburn (Springsteen, 1986, etc.) looks back on the path he followed into what he calls “the best job in the world,” from a boyhood spent listening to his uncle’s blues and country records in Louisiana to a stint as a reporter for his San Fernando V...

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Most telling though is the way this book reveals the unique relationship between rock critics like Hilburn and the artists they write about.

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Although this is largely a personal memoir of Hilburn's career as pop music critic for the L.A.

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In fact, Hilburn's Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life is one of the best books on the subject of rock and roll I have read in a good long while.

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Most people discussing the death of rock criticism are the writers themselves, often logrolling as one another's biggest fans.

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