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You see him, and can almost still hear him coming off the page. (Penthouse)

Reading this book from cover to cover is an incredibly moving experience . . . the real joy in this book is watching Hick's material evolve. (Independent on Sunday)

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'An incredibly moving experience ... Hicks's summation of life gains greater spirituality as he goes on.' Scarlett Thomas, Independent on Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1268 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New edition edition (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0KBI6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Guardian of the Scales on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given this volume of writings and transcriptions of Bill Hicks by someone who was under the mistaken impression that I was a fan of Hicks. So I read it, and found it of greater interest than I had anticipated.

One thing that struck me was that comedy was really only a secondary feature of Hicks' work. Primarily, he was a social critic and something of a philosopher. He was a relentless critic of politicians, the media and of hypocrisy in all its guises. He had a complete, and possibly naïve, faith in the essential goodness of humankind, blaming capitalism for the problems in American society. He also talked about God a lot, and referred often to the teachings of Jesus, often to point out the ways in which organized Christianity deviated from the teachings of their prophet. He saw his own task as being to force his audience to hear their own inner voice of reason, beneath the incessant hum of the agenda-driven and fear-mongering mass media. Another central theme for Hicks was drugs: he wanted them legalized, on the grounds that alcohol causes more destruction than any illegal substance. Hicks' politics did not help him win mainstream media coverage in the USA, and his fame in his own lifetime was greater in Britain.

This volume also contains the original treatment for Hicks' intended TV show for Channel 4, "The Counts of the Netherworld"; a bizarre affair, highly ambitious, quite pretentious, with little apparent humour. It features a manifesto in poetic form from Hicks, proclaiming himself to be "the Voice of Reason/ In a world gone mad, adrift on banal seas". Hicks was nothing if not earnest, bringing an evangelical zeal to his mission to "enlighten people to think for themselves". He was cynical about society, but he never extended this to people.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. V. Giordano on 30 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
Bill Hicks was one of the last true comic geniuses we had. This may be a bit repetitive for old fans who already know most of the stand-up material in the first two thirds of the book, but this is supposed to be a collection of Bill's best routines, along with other philosophical thoughts, letters and creative writing. It is the thoughts and Bill's own writing on smoking, drugs, abortion, love, politics, conspiracies, evolution and enlightenment etc towards the end of the book which show the depth of his imagination. These thoughts are inspirational, open minded and much more positive than those shown throughout his so-called 'comedy of hate'. Really, as shown at the end of the book, Bill was a man who believed in love, but just didn't know how to show it in the conventional way. This free thinker will truly be missed - but at least he will have evolved to a better place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
Needless to say, Bill Hicks was a genius who spoke with utter honesty that was unheard of in the 1980's and early 1990's, and with a clear message that is sorely missed in today's increasingly fearful world.
This book made me realise how much we need Bill today. What he had to say still seems relevant ten years after his untimely death. Though there is repetition in this book with some of the material, no two transcripts in this book are the same and you can sense Bill's passion for what he was saying and you can hear his voice saying it. This book is an extremely worthy item to add to the collection of Bill Hicks memorabilia. As well as transcripts of some of his best shows, there are also magazine articles, letters sent from Bill and Bill's own poetry and other writings. Some of these were so beautiful that they made me cry. Mainly because they were written so close to his death, but also because he creates such wonderfully perfect imagery. He often referred to himself as a 'dark poet', but he could be the opposite too.
This is a book that made me laugh and cry out loud. It also saved me at times of great boredom. There's only so many episodes of 'Keeping Up Appearances' you can watch with your Nan without wanting to take some kind of drastic action. Thank you Bill! A job well done by John Lahr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 17 Oct. 2010
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Like almost all anti-establishment figures who died before their time, Bill's premature death served to seal his reputation as an almost godlike figure. Easy to be cynical about that of course, but also worth remembering that to be timeless you need a special something in the first place. Bill was no saint, no genius, and his arguments were not always as watertight as they might at first have appeared. But reading his material 16 years on - and reflecting on everything that's happened since - he seems, if not quite godlike, then at least the closest we got to a pre-millenial prophet. And a funny one at that. Much of his continued popularity lies in the simple fact that his material is still so painfully relevant; his vital injection of unhinged sanity more desperately required than ever.

Reading his denunciation of the first Gulf War and President Bush Sr, you can't help but reflect on the ample material he'd have had to work with during the Bush Jr era and the invasion of Iraq. Reading his take on the safe and soulless manufactured pop of the 80s and 90s, you long to hear him let rip on the proliferation of reality TV. Reading his caustic lampooning of reactionary Republicans, you wonder what he'd have had to say about the Tea Party movement. It's impossible not to ponder these things and wonder how the focus of his work might have changed had he remained with us. Was he all set to have become a lightning rod for reason? Or for spirituality? Was he destined to become a leading light of the late 90s anti-globalisation movement? Or a researcher of '9/11 truth'? It's possible to find seeds for all of these and more in the later routines covered in this collection.

Of course one of the most moving things about reading this book is knowing what lies ahead.
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