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Love All the People (New Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Hicks
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Bill Hicks was arguably the most influential stand-up comedian of the last 30 years. He was funny, out of hand, impossible to ignore and genuinely disturbing. His work has inspired Michael Moore, Mark Thomas and Robert Newman among others. The trade paperback published in February 2003 was the first collected work and included major stand-up routines, diary, notebook and letters extracts, plus his final writings, most previously unpublished. This smaller format paperback has extra material discovered subsequently.


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A fantastic book .... His truth will make your stomach churn - there were times I was laughing at the most horrendous things. (Shazia Mirza, Observer)

His words still burn with righteous truth. This book could change your life. (Paul Brannigan, Kerrang)

He exhorted his audiences to do more than just laugh - he wanted them to strive to make the world a better place. (Jon Barnes, Times Literary Supplement)

The title Love All the People ... isn't remotely ironic ... Hicks was, in his angry, cynical and still unsurpassably funny way, the most hopeless of romantics. (Andrew Mueller, Time Out)

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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: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593762011
  • Publisher: Robinson; New edition edition (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0KBI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the world to catch up 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that drove me to tears... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh. You'll only cry otherwise 17 Oct. 2010
By Steve
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rambling prose but brilliantly written.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Wc Shacklock
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great
transcriptions from his shows, what a great guy
Published 4 months ago by pistonstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A lot of material was repeating itself, but I had no problem reading it all over again. Loved every joke, heard his voice and laughter, it was a great book to remember Bill with.
Published 6 months ago by Ina
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this Read it Quote it Spread the Joy that Is Was and Will always...
Fantastic read by the much lamented king of acerbic,sarcastic and very introspective comedy. I laughed till i cried then read some more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Mark Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Genius. The greatest comedian ever. Wish he was still here as we need him more than ever...
Published 6 months ago by GC NICHOLS
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
This is such a frustrating book. I was hoping that it would be a biography of Hicks but instead it is more of a collection of essays, letters, articles and transcripts of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a biography. However...
A lot of it is repeated. As it's a collection of his shows and not a biography. However I couldn't put it down. Absolutely brilliant. He is still the best comedian of all time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Happy customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Love All The People And They'll Learn To Love You
This book was a fascinating read, as although I'd heard of Bill Hicks from his reputation as an outspoken, but popular US comedian here in the UK (or England has he kept referring... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark Ramsay
4.0 out of 5 stars what you readin' fer?
Great book with a lot of archive letters and interviews with Bill including his feelings about the David Letterman censorship incident. Read more
Published 21 months ago by NKW
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I wish that I hadn't loved this so much and lent it to someone that I should have known would never give it back. Read more
Published 22 months ago by REBECCA
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