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Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life Paperback – October 12, 2010
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It’s impossible to read this book and not encounter passages that surprise, sadden and hearten. It¹s also impossible to read Corn Flakes With John Lennon and not recognize Robert Hilburn as the greatest interviewer in rock & roll history.
About the Author
ROBERT HILBURN, the longtime 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. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Some of the musicians and bands you will hear the most about include: John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Micheal Jackson, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Jack White, and many more.
The viewpoints on the music industry mostly come from the views of musicians and insiders more than Hilburns personal opinion.
As a fan of rock history, this ranks right up there with the 20th anniversary 2-hour TV special of The Rolling Stones Magazine in 1987, hosted by Dennis Hopper. The insight was wonderful. Hilburn's experiences shares rock 'n roll alongside historical insights from his experiences at the time. It brings depth and meaning into the subject with a personal touch. He shows a willingness to be open minded to genres and types of popular music besides rock and roll. Hilburn goes into detail the lengths he went to to decide the legitimacy of Rap. He also discusses the criticism he received for going against societies views at the time. I greatly respect Hilburn's expectation that music should be more than superficial subjects. That music should at times be deep and give the listener something for it's soul.Read more ›
An interesting departure in this book is his discussions about Rap Music. It would be easy for a middle age white man to see no value in this new art form that to this day inspires loath from most middle aged Americans. But Hilburn gets it and early on writes about what they are portraying and rates early Rap albums among the year's best drawing much criticism. There is a particularly compelling interview with Ice Cube on this subject.
Overall, this is one of the fastest, most inspiring books I have read in recent years that is chock full of great information. I couldn't recommend this book higher.
As the pop (or more aptly, rock) music critic of one of the nation's largest daily broadsheets, Hilburn was charged with bringing the world of rock'n'roll to the doorsteps of his avid readers weekly and he developed a solid reputation for doing so within music circles. Over the years however, many readers began to notice the critic's seeming obsession with a small cast of characters who garnered outsized coverage often at the expense of other so-called talents. The plurality of Hilburn's coverage seemed to center around a handful of iconic figures (Springsteen, U2's Bono, Prince) as well as a coterie of other performers that played to the critic's early country leanings (John Fogerty, the Band's Robbie Robertson, and even a true country act like Waylon Jennings). While the writer certainly covered other acts (LA's "X" was a perennial favorite as was P.J. Harvey in his latter day writings), most acts escaped much of his purview presumably due to his judgment as to their lesser cultural importance. (In these pages, Clapton, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and The Clash collectively get less mentions than a single Springsteen album, `Nebraska,' while Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd simply don't exist.)
In "Cornflakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock `n' Roll Life," we now have the answer, the reason, the motivation for it all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I sought this out after starting to read Hilburn's bio of Johhny Cash.As a musician all my life and as a reader/researcher of many things music over the past 60 years,I've come to... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Paul Larsen
Didn't have much to do with John Lennon. Used his name and not much else. Waste of paper and time.Published on February 10, 2014 by Willaim B Westbrook
I listened to it on audible and then bought a paper copy. The author seems to be a really nice guy, which may be part of the reason he gets the interviews ahe does and build... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Jeffrey Grant
This is a fascinating look at the evolution - and some might say subsequent devolution - of rock music. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Darcia Helle