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Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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“[Hilburn] was always looking for subject matter that was fresh and patiently observed, what Van Morrison described as 'the inarticulate speech of the heart.' U2 was shambolic and erratic, but he seemed to see the 'what might be' in the 'what was.' Bob's role as a critic was to encourage the suspension of disbelief not just in the audience, but in the artist as well. That is an environment in which music grows. He made us better.” ―Bono, from the introduction
“So many great memories came flooding back to me when I read Corn Flakes With John Lennon. A must read for genuine music lovers.” ―Elton John
“It's impossible to read this book and not encounter passages that surprise, sadden and hearten. It's also impossible to read Corn Flakes With John Lennon and not recognize Robert Hilburn as the greatest interviewer in rock & roll history.” ―Mikal Gilmore, author of Shot in the Heart and Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll
“Hilburn's amazing resilience and commitment for music shines through his decades of reportage and reviews of music. On behalf of the musicians of the 60's on, I thank you for having been the communicator of our music with love. ” ―yoko ono summer of 2009
“Beautifully written, and passionately told, this book captures the very essence of what it means to be someone who loves music.” ―Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier Than Heaven and Room Full of Mirrors
“I never gave a damn for rock criticism until I read Robert Hilburn” ―Bernie Taupin
About the Author
ROBERT HILBURN, the long-time pop music critic and editor of the Los Angeles Times, is one of the most widely read and respected pop writers of the rock and roll era. His reviews and artist profiles have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world. Hilburn is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination committee. He lives in Los Angeles
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My concerns were gone about three pages in! Hilburn did stumble into his life kind of accidentally (music reporter for the LA Times), but he was there. He lived the life he talks about. It doesn't come off as name-dropping, at all. He was welcomed into these musicians' worlds. His stories are human and believable. Name just about any Hal of Fame musician from the 60s to the present, and he has a story.
I'd recommend this book to anybody!
A funny thing....because of the "freshness" of his reviews, I always felt that he was a contemporary of ours. 'Turns out, he's a lot older. (Sorry Robert.)
Nirvana, M. Jackson, N.W.A., they're all here. Dylan has remained a favorite for forty five years, some good "stuff" on him.
Thank you, Mr. H., for wonderful insights from a true believer in the power of music to transform, enlighten, and educate. L.A. Times 4 stars. :)