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Robert Hilburn: If It's True About Johnny Cash, So Be It

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If you're a music fan in Los Angeles you know the name Robert Hilburn. He was the LA Times pop music critic and editor for 35 years beginning in 1970.

Now he's written a biography of Johnny Cash.

Fun Facts About Robert Hilburn (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a pop music critic and author. As critic and music editor of the Los Angeles Times from 1970 to 2005, his reviews, essays and profiles have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world. Hilburn reflects on those years in a memoir, "Corn Flakes with John Lennon (And Other Tales from a Rock ‘n' Roll Life)," which was published on Oct. 13, 2009 by Rodale. He is a member of the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lives in Los Angeles.

2) He worked as a news reporter on a suburban Los Angeles newspaper (the Valley Times TODAY) for two years, but tired of journalism and became a public information officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the mid-1960s. While there he began missing writing around the same time he fell in love with the work of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Eager to write about music, Hilburn did a series of freelance pieces on such figures as Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin for the Los Angeles Times before being hired full-time by the paper.

3) Hilburn published a biography of Bruce Springsteen in 1985 as one in a series of Rolling Stone Press books. Hilburn left the Los Angeles Times in 2005. He published "Corn Flakes with John Lennon" focusing on the work and influence of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Phil Spector, Michael Jackson, U2, Kurt Cobain and N.W.A.

Robert Hilburn will be at the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA, Tuesday night, November 5 at 7:30pm.

Twitter: @roberthilburn


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