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

Bill Hicks
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You can dip in and out of this book whenever you need cheering up. -- Eve

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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and included major stand-up routines, diary, notebook and letters extracts, plus his final writings, most previously unpublished.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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593762011
  • Publisher: Robinson (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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 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 Sep 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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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rebuttal 12 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
Ok, so this is a pretty good book. Its not supposed to be an edited text of Bills work. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a collection of his letters lyrics and routines. Including all his recorded material. If you have his CD's then you will also notice that he tends to repeat himself, albeit with slightly different takes and slants from gig to gig. This is what happens when you perform stand-up and is not a 'cynical attempt to pad out the book'. Its also interesting to fans like myself to pick up on subtle nuances and how stuff evolved. It's meant to be a book for the Bill freaks of which I am one. It's so we can have his words in written form to quote at our friends and nemeses to make ourselves look clever and look cool. It's also for those who want some extra Bill stuff never seen before. Like letters and scripts. So get off yer high horse Welsh bloke, American Scream was a Bio not a comprehensive collection of routines. How the hell does this capitalise on that? In the same way the CD's do I suppose..Love all the people is a welcome addition to the body of work on Hicks. The bloke was a genius comedian and a social commentator the likes of which could have a made a difference in todays paranoid, cartoon world had he not been cruelly taken. Anything which helps spread the word can only be a good thing.
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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 17 days 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 24 days 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 9 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 13 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 14 months ago by REBECCA
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bill.
Hicks is such a giant in the comedy world. Everyone should have this. Funny, erudite and still relevant in the world today.
Published 15 months ago by Trevor Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars re·pet·i·tive
Much as I love Bill Hicks' material, this book proved to be so repetitive that I quickly grew VERY tired of trying to pick out 'new' snippets amongst the repeated passages. Read more
Published 18 months ago by boulder
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lahr should take some Geography lessons
I am a fan of Bill Hicks. I bought this book as a reference to his actual routines - and the book is excellent for this. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by pumps100
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetition
I should have enjoyed this book, as I agree with most of Bill Hicks' opinions. Unfortunately it became more and more irritating to read the same jokes time and time again. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by M. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars What you reading for?
If you are a fan of Bill then this book is a must. If you're new to the rants, opinions, philosophy and insights of the man this is a great companion to his live work. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Angus
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