Robert Hilburn’s first assignment for the LA Times was covering Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison concerts. His first record purchase was Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’, his favorite artist is John Prine, and his musical guilty pleasure is ABBA!


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Robert Hilburn was music editor for the Los Angeles Times from 1970 to 2005; his thought provoking reviews, essays and profiles appeared in the Times as well as other publications around the world. His work helped shine a light on the nascent careers of a diverse range of artists from Elton John, Tom Petty, Patti Smith and Elvis Costello to Prince, Guns and Roses, Public Enemy, Eminem and The White Stripes. Robert has also written a memoir Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Life, and best-selling biographies of Johnny Cash and Paul Simon.

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