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January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
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January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
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April 12, 1992
Hilburn's latest paean is titled "The Boss Feels Good." That's more than can be said for us poor readers. Those of us, that is, who do not regard Springsteen as our "Boss" and take off our shoes to steal into the bulrushes every time his sacred name is uttered. DAVID R. MOSS Los Angeles
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October 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Complementary stories about widely admired country singer and songwriter Roger Miller provided a highlight of Tuesday's Writers Bloc session in Santa Monica featuring Johnny Cash biographer and longtime L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn with his guest for the evening, Kris Kristofferson. Hilburn, whose new book “Johnny Cash: The Life” was published Tuesday, told an audience of about 300 that he first met Kristofferson in 1970. It was shortly before he'd been hired full time by the newspaper, when he was pursuing an interview with Miller, who was in Los Angeles at the time.
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June 23, 2005
Question: What do you do to protect your hearing at concerts? Hilburn: I'm not big on more government regulation, but there's one notice I'm in favor of putting on concert tickets: "Loud music can damage your hearing." It took me years to accept that simple statement, and I'm sure I paid the price for it. I have to ask people to repeat themselves more than I should, and most of the reason, I fear, is all the nights sitting right in front of booming speakers.
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October 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A brief question-and-answer session between staff writer Randy Lewis and former Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn about his new book, "Johnny Cash - The Life. " Question: What's your memory of hearing Johnny Cash for the first time? Hilburn: I was driving to school at Reseda High School - I was a junior, and it was early 1956. I had a '49 Ford. I was listening to the country station, and 'Folsom Prison Blues' comes on … It didn't sound like the stuff I was hearing on the pop stations.
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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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October 18, 2009
Thanks to Geoff Boucher for the great write-up about my dad, Robert Hilburn ("A Champion and an Advocate," Oct. 11). I know he was touched by it, and I think you hit on the many truths of his career. In terms of [Danny] Elfman's song, I once met a guy in the band when I was at UCLA and he gave me a bumper sticker reading "Hilburn and (Terry) Atkinson, the Real Imposters," confirming the story that I had heard before but never really believed. The other song that is out there in the world consciousness somewhere is a Dr. Demento-played song called "Robert Hilburn."
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October 13, 2009 | By Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn writes in his new book "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)" that after John Lennon's death in 1980, he focused on artists who carried on in Lennon's tradition, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Kurt Cobain. But in the second half of the decade, the music began to drift and widespread piracy threatened to throw the recording industry into collapse. Looking for some answers about the future of rock, Hilburn sat down with Bono, a visionary from one generation, and Jack White, the most captivating musician from a newer generation.
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October 12, 2009 | By Robert Hilburn
Hilburn, former pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life). " An excerpt in Sunday Calendar recalled his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup. In today's abridged excerpt, he writes about Lennon's murder. -- In 1980, after 10 years at The Times, I was at a crossroads in my personal life. I loved my family, but I was also so obsessive about my work that I found myself devoting more and more time to it. I wanted to be everywhere there was a good story, and that meant I had to choose between that and being with the family on important days.
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June 27, 2009 | Robert Hilburn
I'll always regret that my last conversation with Michael Jackson ended with him angrily hanging up the phone -- at least I've long thought of Michael's mood that day more than a decade ago as angry. I realize now that a more accurate description would be "wounded." Michael was among the sweetest and most talented people I met during 35 years covering pop music for the Los Angeles Times. I was fortunate to be present at many of his proudest moments.
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March 19, 2008
Pop memoir: Robert Hilburn, former pop music critic for The Times, has signed to write a memoir about his four decades covering rock 'n' roll, the publishing firm Modern Times/Rodale said Tuesday. The book is due to be released next year.
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August 10, 2006 | Robert Hilburn
I love my '50s jukebox the way people today love their iPods -- only more so. Unlike the cheap, tinny speakers that came with radios and record players during rock's first decade, the big jukebox speakers allowed the music to explode into the room. The coolest jukebox in those days was the Seeburg Select-o-matic, which contained 100 recordings (50 two-sided singles). You can see that model -- in living color -- in the cafe fight scene in Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You."
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