During his 35 years as pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Robert Hilburn saw rock mutate from countercultural force to mass artform to the fantastically indescribable thing it is now. During that time he had the chance to talk at length with artists who lived through and exemplified those changes, a diverse group that includes Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, and Jack White. Those experiences, and others, are recounted in Hilburn's new memoir, Cornflakes With John Lennon (Rodale), due out October 13.
Speaking from his home in Sherman Oaks, California, I chatted with Hilburn about the massive shifts he's seen shake the music world.
Boomers and Gen X and Yers: prepare to agree to disagree with what the dude has to say.
What do you think has been the biggest change in the music industry since you started writing about music?
Everything has changed. The American Idol-ization of the music business is probably the biggest thing. Someone at a record company told me recently that you canRead More »from “Everything Has Changed”–A Rock Lifer Looks Back