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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting
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...
Published on 1 Jan 2010 by Guardian of the Scales

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3.0 out of 5 stars What might have been
Bill Hicks was the most influencial and significant comedian of his generation. Virtually ignored in America during his lifetime his sudden demise to cancer was all the more tragic as he was on the cusp of the success he had long sought for. "Love all the people" has attempted to bring together all his material in one volume, providing a reference point for long time...
Published on 8 Mar 2004 by J. Smith


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hicks Deserves Better, 17 Oct 2011
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Mr. A. Cunningham "Tony Cunningham" (Edinburgh, Lothian Scotland) - See all my reviews
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As a fan of Hicks I was disappointed in this book. To say that the author was scraping tha barrel would be an understatement as even a review from Bill's high school newspaper is used to pad out the page count.

The rest is mainly transcripts of stage shows (With much of the material repeated) and vapid newspaper articles.

If you're looking for a biography of Hicks or to try and gain some deeper insight into this life and what made him the comedian he was then this book is not for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars visionary, 26 Mar 2012
Another of our messiahs cut down in his prime , has anyone else noticed that the radicals in humanity get cut short,bill, bob marley ,jfk etc .... bills message was clear ..... dont follow think ! genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars bill hicks. Legend., 2 Mar 2004
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The man spoke more truth in one day then your average performer could give in his life. A prophet, who made life more visceral through his musings. Somehow cynicism creates joy, and truth drives the imagination. i hope that this book gains the place in everyones conciousness that it deserves, an eulogy of the brightest light to have shone in my lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 Sep 2014
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Genius. The greatest comedian ever. Wish he was still here as we need him more than ever...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but poor..., 21 Feb 2005
I agree with the other reviewer. This IS the master, so it will come high in the ratings, but, the book repeats routines, has poor quality and too few pictures, and could, of course, been sooo much better! I treasure anything of Bill's, as there are so few of his kind around these daze. The examples of his poetry are the most interesting finds and I hope more of this side of him is unearthed and released.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incisive yet.... repetitive, 6 Mar 2004
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This was my first experience of Bill Hicks and I agree that the routines are superb, showing a unique & incisive sense of humour. But surely the publishers could find a way around publishing the same material over and over again chapter after chapter? It really did become tiresome and made what could have been a testament a frustrating hunt for the next 'nugget'...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Hicks, 28 July 2010
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Marc Bolton - See all my reviews
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This will be an extremely short review.

This is quite simply the best book about Bill Hicks you can own. All his routines, all his history, all his genius, in one accessible volume.

Goat Boy would like.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 15 Mar 2010
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Also check out Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky and The Sane Society by Erich Fromm to understand where Hicks got alot of his political/societal opinion from and hope for a better world!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, and just not as funny as on video, 8 Mar 2006
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The 'reader from Liverpool' has a point in her/his review. I too had been seduced into buying this by the mythology of the man, the compelling endorsements on the book and it being a pretty cheap buy. And there are some fantastic, laugh-out-loud bits and some arresting arguments in here. But for some reason the editors decided to include verbatim his stand-up routines, often from only a few months apart (so we could follow how they developed). Well, we all know comedians have stock sections and established one-liners, and Hicks' reputation for being unpredictable and going off on inspired ad-libbed rants is not confirmed by the collected routines here. Reading the same joke for the umpteenth time is irritating, and not how Hicks should be remembered. Get the DVDs/ videos instead...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars re·pet·i·tive, 21 Jan 2013
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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. I would estimate that easily 50% of the book is utterly pointless - simply the same act over and over again, with very slight modifications on Bill's part. I stuck with it to the end in the (unfounded) hope that the repetition would end, but sadly, it continues right the way through to the last page. A great shame, as the material itself is great: reading the exact same passage 25 times in one book is not!
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