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Love all the people, Bill Hicks

Constable

Mark Haddon

Savage, brilliant, funny, tremendously intelligent. 

John Cleese

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Until I read this book I had no idea that Bill Hicks was (the past tense because sadly he died from cancer at the age of 32 in 1993) an American stand up comedian, whose direct approach is reminiscent of Lenny Bruce. He had a simmering anger about the inconsistencies that he observed within the American culture and perhaps because of this he was more accepted in England then his home country.

The book contains various letters, articles and many transcripts of his stage act, and to some degree is quite repetitive. However, this should not put you off as you learn how his delivery becomes a little less savage as he nears the end of his life.

So what did he identify as the inconsistencies and wrongs in the society he found himself in? Well many things but I will highlight just two.

He was a heavy illegal drugs user and questioned why the drugs he used were illegal when the two most  dangerous drugs (alcohol and nicotine) were legal.

He contrasted the huge number of deaths as a result of firearms crimes in American (which has a constitution which gives the right of Americans to bear arms), with the tiny number of deaths in England, with no such right to carry arms.

If you want a book that gets you thinking give this a try.

 

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Reviewed on 17/08/2004 by Peter

 

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Published by Constable

ISBN 1-84119-878-1

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