Bill Hicks was arguably the most influential stand-up comedian of the last 30 years.
He was funny, out of hand, impossible to ignore and genuinely disturbing.
His work has inspired Michael Moore, Mark Thomas and Robert Newman among others.
The trade paperback published in February 2003 was the first collected work and included major stand-up routines, diary, notebook and letters extracts, plus his final writings, most previously unpublished.
This smaller format paperback has extra material discovered subsequently.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, 1 port.
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 26/05/2005
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9781845291112
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Review by the.ken.petersen
Being british, most of my favourite comedians are British. This is not some form of racism, but simply that comedy reflects our lives and someone from the same culture knows more about one's lifestyle. There are exceptions to this rule and Bill Hicks is very much an international comedian: his work touches the human soul at its most base level.This book is, at the same time, an insight into Bill's World and an irritation. The verbatim transcripts of his stage show became annoying for two reasons; firstly, the shows were not designed to be glued together. there is much repetition - no fault in an entertainer travelling around comedy theatres, but a distinct draw back in a book. The second problem is that the material needs Hicks' delivery to come to life. It was not written for the cold formality of a book page. I was not lucky enough to see Bill live but, I imagine that this would have been the best way to consume his act but, failing that, at least upon DVD one feels some link to the man.Having read the above, one may be questioning the four star rating for the book. This is due to the other material: letters and transcripts of interviews. These do add to my understanding of the genius that was Bill Hicks and are the reason that I would, unhesitatingly, recommend this book.
Review by waitingtoderail
I'm thrilled that this book exists, but it's a lot like one of those jazz box sets that incorporate the complete recording sessions for an album - it's interesting to follow the evolution of a song in the studio, but all of them? In a row? It takes some serious OCD to listen to that, and it does here as well. In addition, this has the issue that trying to transcribe a spoken word performance to paper is like reading sheet music. Lots of subtleties are lost. That said, if one reads the non-transcript portions of this are fascinating and teach you something about just how brilliant Hicks was that even reading his excellent biography didn't even do for me. This was a man who thought long and hard about serious issues and turned them into something to laugh about. No easy feat. Get the book, skip the transcripts and pick up his albums instead.