Famed Music Critic Coming to Laguna Beach Books

(Book cover courtesy Laguna Beach Books)
(Book cover courtesy Laguna Beach Books)
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by Laguna Beach Books.

On Sunday, November 10, 4 pm. Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome local author Robert Hilburn, author of Johnny Cash: The Life. Robert will speak about his book, answer questions, and sign books. There is no charge for this event. This event is co-sponsored by The Laguna Playhouse, who will be premiering “Ring of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash,” in January. There will be a drawing for two “Ring of Fire” tickets at this event.

People don't just listen to Johnny Cash -- they believe in him. Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden -- until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.

As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life -- he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash's death in 2003. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture -- not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.

About Robert Hilburn:

Robert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has reported extensively on pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Johnny Cash.

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