JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE Author Robert Hilburn Set for Book Signing at Laguna Playhouse, 1/18

The Laguna Playhouse will welcome local author Robert Hilburn, author of Johnny Cash: The Life, on Saturday, January 18, at 1 PM and 6:30 PM.

Hilburn is appearing in conjunction with The Laguna Playhouse production of the musical RING OF FIRE, which features close to 30 of Cash's most well-loved songs. Hilburn will speak about his book, answer questions, and sign books. There is no charge for this event, which is free with the purchase of a ticket to the 2 PM matinee or 7:30 PM evening performance of RING OF FIRE. This event is co-sponsored by Laguna Beach Books.

As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life. Hilburn was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed Cash extensively 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.

Founded in 1920, The Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging theatrical programming, award-winning youth education offerings and community partnerships. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, The Laguna Playhouse is a valued part of the Laguna Beach arts community that serves all of Southern California with year-round, professional, high-quality productions in theatre, music and dance. Because of its longstanding commitment to the arts, The Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for excellence by the LA Drama Critics Circle, NAACP, Backstage, ArtsOC, OC Weekly, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and more. Laguna Playhouse educational programming, which includes classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and a school tour, has been honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore in Laguna Beach. We strive to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located in The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway.

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