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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Hilburn’

Simon & Schuster Win Paul Simon Bidding War

Five other publishers were interested in the rights to the singer’s authorized biography. But in the end, per AP’s Hillel Italie, Simon & Schuster came out the winner.

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There is no title or release date yet for the book, which will be crafted by former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn. It promises to be a great read:

Hilburn said Tuesday that Simon was compiling a list of people he has been close to and sending the biographer contact information.

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The Definitive Johnny Cash Biography Arrives

JohnnyCashTheLifeIt’s been a long, fascinating odyssey for LA Times-reporter-turned-author Robert Hilburn. From being the only journalist at Johnny Cash‘s legendary 1968 Folsom Prison performance to the release today of the new biography Johnny Cash: The Life.

Hilburn recently explained to his former paper that the spark for the book came in the wake of the 2005 movie Walk the Line and several quickie books following the singer’s death in 2003. He went to Cash’s manager Lou Robin and asked what percentage of the Cash story was still left to be told. Robin’s astounding reply: 80%.

Today on NPR’s Morning Edition, Hilburn talked about one of the more shocking components of that 80% – Cash’s affair with one of June Carter‘s sisters:

“That’s something that haunted me. I first heard that when I was doing the research to write the proposal on the book, and it stunned me.”

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Journo Challenges Courtney Love’s Recollection of ‘Pugilistic’ Events

One of the more entertaining celebrity interviews published this week was a Q&A in LA Weekly with Courtney Love. The singer-songwriter-troublemaker was in free-wheeling form for a telephone interview with “West Coast Sound” reporter Lina Locaro, talking about her stripper days, a key early review from Robert Hilburn in the LA Times and more.

However, judging by reaction in the comments from Belissa Cohen, who once wrote the Weekly‘s influential “L.A. Dee Da” column, the Q&A should be taken with a large grain of salt. To Love’s account of how an altercation with the journalist went down, Cohen had this to say:

Courtney has always felt free to make up “truths” and history and in this interview she does it again. I never had a cousin who worked for Gloria Allred, who I had never met before (I cold-called her office) but who gladly took my case against the oft-violent Ms. Love; I never shoved Courtney (she is much taller and bigger than I am), and what she says she said to me during the altercation that she instigated is not at all what she said.

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Lorraine Ali Named LA Times Pop Music Editor

The Los Angeles Times hired Lorraine Ali as their new pop music editor, succeeding Randall Roberts, who will serve as a deputy editor going forward.

Ali returns home to the LAT, where she started her writing career in the mid-1990s under Robert Hilburn. She was a former contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior critic at Rolling Stone.

After the jump is the LAT memo:

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Trio of U2 Believers Powers Relaunch of KCSN-FM

When a public radio station rechristened this summer as the home of “smart rock” hopes for good publicity, it really can’t do much better than glowing words of endorsement from Paul McGuinness. The manager of U2 is front and center in Randy LewisLA Times write-up about Cal State Northridge’s KCSN, praising the efforts of new program director Sky Daniels to transform the formerly automated classical music outfit into a non-profit champion of emerging pop and rock n’roll artists.

Daniels was an early supporter of U2 while the music director at WLUP in Chicago and later joined the band’s record company. He is now working at 88.5 FM on the LA dial with two other early Bono boosters–former KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Nic Harcourt and ex-LA Times critic Robert Hilburn:

Hilburn covered U2′s first Los Angeles concert in 1981, singling it out from a wave of overseas arrivals at the time: “The band with the most commercial potential here may be U2, a gutsy and richly talented Irish quartet,” he wrote.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

38006313-18090813.jpgHasselhoff Child Support: David Hasselhoff has agreed to pay $25,000 a month to support his ex-wife and children. We hear he’s taking the money directly from his beer and burger fund.

37988085-18075957.jpgDanny Federici Dies: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, died Thursday after battling melanoma for three years. He was 58. Former rock critic Robert Hilburn is quoted extensively in the un-bylined obit. We have to wonder if he was interviewed, or if that was just Hilburn’s copy reworked.

37974866-17144735.jpgOMFG: Hoping to boost old fashioned ratings for its hit show Gossip Girls, the CW television network said it would no longer offer free Internet streams of new episodes when the show returns Monday. Said fans of the show, “L8r, losers.”