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Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution Paperback – 3 Apr 2006
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‘I thought he was the most intelligent, most liberating social and political comic I had ever, ever heard.’ John Cleese
About the Author
Born in Connecticut in 1961, Kevin Booth grew up in Austin, Texas as Bill Hicks’s long-term friend and the co-creator of many of his shows.
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And not to get nitpicky (and I really do not like reviews of other reviews) but after reading the book myself and discussing it with a couple of other friends who have read it I can only think that the one-star reviewers below are either victims of their own expectations (they wanted the book to be something else instead of enjoying what it was) or they have some sort of personal gripe against the author(s). Oddly enough I think that this runs against what was one of the more brilliant pieces of subtext in the book. All of the conflicting accounts put together let the reader know that nobody owns the memory of Hicks. There is no 'Authority' as he was different things to different people. Those who found something different might want to rethink themselves then reread the book because it is absolutely fantastic.
The book itself is structured well enough with Hicks' life, loves and personal failures shown in an understanding light by both Bertin and Booth. But it just lacks something. Maybe its because anything worthwhile about Hicks' life has been written about by so many people already, not even the perspective of his real friends can add anything to a man we all seem to pretend to know so well.
But we dont, of course, know him. Which is why such biogs are valuable. But aside from the occaisional annecdote or insight into who Bill Hicks was, the book is thin on new information. Between the Just A Ride documentary, the mahr letters and True's book, everything has been covered already.
Were my expectations too high? Maybe.
Kevin Booth, a guy who I had a great deal of respect for (primarily for keeping the Hicks legacy alive via Sacred Cow Productions), seems to become the focus of the latter few chapters. Theres a hurricane of bitterness in Booth's words, towards a number of targets such as Bill's parents, other friends of Hicks & also, what I interpreted as a feeling of underappreciation or overshadowing of Booth's work. He'll always be know as Bill Hicks' best made rather than the producer/musician status that he craves.Read more ›
This book, however, is all Hicks (as told by the people closest to him). And he just oozes out of every page. It was so refreshing to see how human Bill really was. Rather than demistify him, it almost elevated his status in that someone with such normal fears and fascinations became one of the greatest comics of a generation (and whose jokes are still relevant today). After reading it I felt like I had spent time around him, which is maybe the highest compliment I can pay the authors.
This book is superbly craftet and I can't recommend it enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most informative book about bill to date.
Extremely factual and hilarious.
Really big Bill Hicks fan. Loved his comedy and one of the lucky people to have seen him live.
However didn't realise how much I didn't know about him. Read more
A fantastic warts & all look into the life of quite possibly the worlds best stand-up comedian.
Kevin Booth (and many friends & colleagues) tell their favourite 'Bill' stories... Read more
A fantastic book that gives the best and most personal insight into the life of the late, great Bill Hicks. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Papa John
Excellent book well written and a very good account of Hick' s life and work. Better than "Love all the People" which is just transcripts of his routines and who wants to read... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2013 by MR Paul Dobbs
Guess I shouldn't be writing a review as I couldn't even finish this book it's so bad and that's saying something, usually I finish everything. I got about half way and gave up. Read morePublished on 26 April 2013 by pirate
Knowing how close Kevin Booth and Bill Hicks were, and the fact that they had watched each grow from childhood kids to enlightened young men (and shared all the stuff that went... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2013 by PBLONDON
Great book, great comedian. Buy this book now! I think that is all i need to say on the subject.Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by ronnie
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