Corn Flakes with John Lennon

Corn Flakes with John Lennon : 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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Emmaus, PA, United States
  • English
  • black & white plates
  • 1594869219
  • 9781594869211
  • 1,121,926

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From the Introduction by Bono: [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. 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. Its 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 resilienceshow more

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