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Interesting, if not particularly revealing
on 26 October 2010
The problem with writing about a deceased legend like Bill Hicks is that the story is always going to be subjective. There's no right to reply, so you never know what you should believe.
Unlike a normal biography, this book looks at Hicks from all angles at all times in his life. School friends, girlfriends and colleagues (though crucially no family) roll back the years and remember the good times and the bad times.
At times, it's a bit random, other moments are more intimate, but if you are looking for the definitive story of Hicks' life, then this isn't it.
I finished the book, feeling glad I'd read it, yet now I don't recall a single thing about it, maybe because there is no theme or structure to the book, aside from being chronological.
It's as if a bunch of people have all turned up at your house with the same jigsaw, tipped all the pieces out and left you to put the puzzle back together. Occasionally thought provoking, but ultimately unsatisfying.