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  • Cornflakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Hilburn
    • Narrated By Rob Hilburn, Jr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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....

    Marc says: "Great Behind-the-scenes stories of rock 'n' roll!"
    "Great Behind-the-scenes stories of rock 'n' roll!"
    Overall

    I was immediately drawn to this book based on its title, but wary of its content for fear it would be a shallow treatment of musical history. How wrong I was! As Bono's intro suggests, Hilburn uses an economy of words to tell a wonderful behind-the-scenes story of rock 'n' roll. The stories reflect on the influence and longevity of some of rock music's greatest, most influential, and foundational characters. What is most intriguing is Hilburn's ability to draw musicians like Dylan, Lennon, Michael Jackson, and U2 as real people, giving them due credit and fair critique. The book is not one man's lovefest and unabashed stargazing, but heartfelt renderings of rock music's most iconic figures. His son narrates it and does an ok job. Certainly he is not a professional book reader, but his voice quality and inflection are well produced. I don't normally write reviews, but this book was so intriguing, I couldn't resist. It is an accessible, concise, and responsible chronology of music. It is a must-read for any fan of music as it touches on why people and band have achieved the level of success they have. I highly recommend this book! I listen to dozens of audiobooks and this one by far one of the most engaging and accessible books I have listened to in a very long time!!! Enjoy!

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