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Truly life changing; will bring you as close to the man as is possible.,
This review is from: Love All the People (New Edition) (Kindle Edition)
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I have long been a minor fan of Bill Hicks as I can relate to his brash, cynical, and thoughtful (often political) humour but impulse buying this book has lead me to discover the real man and the depth of insight within his comedy.
Had I not read the introduction by John Lahr in the car the same day (not whilst driving) the book would probably have sat on my side for a good while but it was the closing lines `He made the show of freedom by turns terrifying, exhilarating, and hilarious. ... what only a great comedian can be for any age: an enemy of boundaries, a disturber of the peace, a bringer of insight and joy, a comic distillation of his own rampaging spirit' that made me realise I needed to get to know Bill's material more intimately. In the space of a month I have gone from being familiar with a couple of routines which I had seen previously, to owning and playing repeatedly most of his recordings. At points in this book I was deeply moved by the level of insight and intelligence which Bill brought to us, coupled with a genuine sense of loss that he was taken from us at such a young age and on the point of really being discovered. I consider myself well read in number of different genres but reading this work has still been a truly life-changing experience.
One thing I will say is that there is considerable repetition which is interesting in itself however; it can jar if read too quickly or in the wrong frame of mind. I read another book at the same time and simply dipped in and out reading a piece at a time.