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Lonely Planet

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Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Robert Hilburn

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I was born in rural Louisiana, where I grew up on the blues and country music styles that eventually gave birth to rock 'n' roll.

As pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 1970 through 2005, I was the only music writer to accompany Johnny Cash for his landmark Folsom Prison concert. I also went along with Elton John when he became the first Western rock figure to play in Russia, with Paul Simon on the "Graceland" tour stop in Zimbabwe, with Bob Dylan for his first concerts in Israel and with Michael Jackson for part of the Jacksons' Victory tour.

I spent...