Johnny Cash took him to Folsom Prison, and a childhood Michael Jackson invited him to watch cartoons in bed. Robert Hilburn has many such memories from his 35 years on the field for LA Times, and the music journalist has recently transcribed them into a memoir. The book, Cornflakes with John Lennon, will be published by Rodale on October 13.
Hiburn covered pop music for the LA Times from 1970 to 2005. On his website, he calls his book “a highly opinioned and deeply personal memoir which focuses on my relationships with and thoughts of the most important and inspiring artists in rock…”
The New Yorker’s coverage of the book is positive. “Hilburn was a sober observer of crazy times, and he’s honest about his anxiety or curiosity in the presence of famous rock stars, whether Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, or Bruce Springsteen.”
Elton John gave an endorsement. “So many great memories came flooding back to me when I read Cornflakes With John Lennon. A must read for genuine music lovers”.
The book’s introduction is by Bono.