Robert Hilburn (born September 25, 1939) is a pop music critic and author. As critic and music editor at the Los Angeles Times from 1970 to 2005, his reviews, essays and profiles have appeared in publications around the world. Hilburn’s memoir, “Corn Flakes with John Lennon (And Other Tales from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Life)” 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.
In 2013, Hilburn published a biography of Johnny Cash titled “Johnny Cash: The Life”.[ He’ll be at the Roadshow Revival “A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash” Festival on June 14, 2014 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds signing books and telling (true) stories about Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash was a man both extraordinary and ordinary. Every man could relate to him, no man could be him, and only one man could get inside his head like Robert Hilburn.
Robert Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject, illuminating Johnny Cash as the moral compass of country music.
Between his love of music, his experience as one of the nation’s leading music critics, and his long personal friendship with the subject, there is no one on earth more qualified to write this definitive book on the roller-coaster life of Johnny Cash than Robert Hilburn. Between the amount of research and the degree of detail he’s put into this book, even Johnny would have learned something about himself if he were here to read it. Highly recommended!
Johnny Cash and Robert Hilburn are two of the true blessings of my life. Both the best at what they do and each a gifted artist. It’s a killer combination.