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5.0 out of 5 stars five stars is not enough, 18 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution (Hardcover)
You know you are reading a good book when the narrative pulls you in and are fully engaged in its story ."Agent of evolution"the biography of comedian Bill Hicks,written by his life long friend Kevin Booth fully succeeds in giving an emotive roller coaster ride of Hicks's life. A very personel and candid account indeed. The authors friendship with hicks started at school and remained close throughout,until his untimely death. Booth was clearly best qualified to write the comics life story.The visits to the brothels for some carnal pleasures had me laughing out aloud,and bills drunken/drug fuelled behaviour,the parties, long nights, well its a long list but Booth does not shy away from telling it all. there is no sweet and sugary treatment in this biography,its warts and all, and i hazard a guess that the author may have found the writing of some sections in this book a somewhat carthartic process.The inclusion of Hicks's many friends and associates who's accounts of him works well in shaping the form and tone of this biography,as many contributers are interconnected to one degree or another with booth and hicks, and helps to give a fuller picture of the comedian.The aptly named" Agent of evolution" was such an enjoyable and revealing read and anyone familiar with hicks's work, will find this book to be an absolute gem.
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