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!READ DOWNLOAD ♒ Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines ⚇ I don t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that s how it comes out show on prime time He could have got rich and fat and frightened But Hicks didn t go the easy way He turned down the offers Satan made him Instead he figured out his best shot at truth and then he said it He attacked the lies that justified and prettified the carnage of the First Gulf War He attacked the easy surrender of art to commerce, the demeaning cynicism of the marketing culture and the preposterous power of the mainstream media to confuse and corrupt This is the first collection of all his stand up routines, with extracts from his diaries, notebooks, letters and final writings It reveals Hicks work as both brilliant conventional stand up comedy and as interesting and dangerous an invitation to a life lived without fear Echolalia. An Adults Story of Tourette Syndrome Lyrics The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Routines ⚇ I don t mean to sound bitter When I Feel Scared cold Der Herr der Ringe or cruel Full Moon Delta but I am הכבש השישה עשר so that s how it comes out show on prime time He could have got rich and fat and frightened But Hicks didn t go the easy way He turned down the offers Satan made him Instead he figured out his best shot at truth and then he said it He attacked the lies that justified and prettified the carnage of the First Gulf War He attacked the easy surrender of art to commerce The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century the demeaning cynicism of the marketing culture and the preposterous power of the mainstream media to confuse and corrupt This is the first collection of all his stand up routines The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin with extracts from his diaries Invitation notebooks Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations letters and final writings It reveals Hicks work as both brilliant conventional stand up comedy and as interesting and dangerous an invitation to a life lived without fear So, I m not going to finish it, I m not going to rate and review it Sadly, it started very good, with a very impressive forward by John Lahr.I liked Bill Hicks sharp and waspy humor, and I enjoyed the written performance At the beginning Until it started to be repetitive You can read his best quotes in the Wikiquote Summery I had read them and loved BEFORE I picked up this book My main problem was how this book is MADE I can imagine that there are not many records of Bill Hicks a talent So, I m not going to finish it, I m not going to rate and review it Sadly, it started very good, with a very impressive forward by John Lahr.I liked Bill Hicks sharp and waspy humor, and I enjoyed the written performance At the beginning Until it started to be repetitive You can read his best quotes in the Wikiquote Summery I had read them and loved BEFORE I picked up this book My main problem was how this book is MADE I can imagine that there are not many records of Bill Hicks a talented American comedian left us too soon and the editors put into this book EVERY SINGLE LITTLE PIECES they managed to find But it became tiresome to read the same jokes again and again There were too many repetitions for my liking Though I m talking here only about the book Not about Bill Hicks, the legendary standup comedian, whose death at the age of 32 was every bit as significant as those of John Lennon and Kurt Cobain Love All The People Love All The People is a great book, if you re a fan of Bill Hicks of course There isn t another comedian like him, he was unique in his day and still is to this day today.The main problem with this book, which seems to be a common problem for most, is that a lot of his material is repeated in the chapters which are basically a script of his stand up routines They have their slight differences, different audience participation, but the punch line is always the same Being Love All The People Love All The People is a great book, if you re a fan of Bill Hicks of course There isn t another comedian like him, he was unique in his day and still is to this day today.The main problem with this book, which seems to be a common problem for most, is that a lot of his material is repeated in the chapters which are basically a script of his stand up routines They have their slight differences, different audience participation, but the punch line is always the same Being such a huge fan as I am I tried to not let this detract from an otherwise great book to own if you re a fan of his work.Not only does the book include the scripts of his shows, it also features some interesting insights into past problems he had with censorship i.e Letterman show , general musings on events at the time, a pilot to a TV show he was working on and letters to friends and competition It also features one of the greatest chapters I have ever read titled Thoughts on love and smoking November 1992 In this chapter Bill talks of living in New York and being involved in a relationship, I was amazed at how perfectly written this chapter was, it flows like poetry and often rhyming beautifully Bill s use of the English language is sublime, sexy and heart breaking The book is worth picking up purely for this chapter A large part of me wishes he d written a book solely based in this artistic style Overall if you re a fan of Bill Hicks beliefs on life drugs censorship and topical for the time content then this book is worth picking up, whilst the repeated punch lines do let it down unfortunately, it s still worth reading if you re a fan Ya know all those famous Bill Hicks standup routines that we ve all listened to endlessly The ones on Relentless, Sane Man, Revelations, Dangerous, Arizona Bay, Rant in E Minor, Flying Saucer Tour Vol.1, Shock and Awe, etc Well, what if you could have all of them in a book, complete with transcripts of interviews done of Bill Hicks around 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 If you know the materials as well as I do, you know that there is a lot of overlap and similarities over the years And onc Ya know all those famous Bill Hicks standup routines that we ve all listened to endlessly The ones on Relentless, Sane Man, Revelations, Dangerous, Arizona Bay, Rant in E Minor, Flying Saucer Tour Vol.1, Shock and Awe, etc Well, what if you could have all of them in a book, complete with transcripts of interviews done of Bill Hicks around 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 If you know the materials as well as I do, you know that there is a lot of overlap and similarities over the years And once you ve read the same routine 5 times, you ll go Why am I reading it the sixth time elsewhere in this book If you re a Bill Hicks completist, you ll read this, even after you ve already read that One Consciousness book that came out in 2014 And you ll go Well, what about the 80s Surely he had some material going on back then that I haven t read, heard or seen..Yep, there s a lot of talk towards the end of the David Letterman cancellation where Bill Hicks delivers the closest material to his heart and gets axed from the show for no reason , but once you see the axed show on YouTube, you ll go well, I already read it a couple of times during this book I know it was a big deal to him and a major bummer and a letdown, and it fits into the chronicles of Bill Hicks n all.But I wonder if there s anything left to read after you ve read this and One Consciousness.The back of the book states that the thoughts contained within this book will blow your mind Maybe my mind has already been blown Elsewhere, and originally by Bill Hicks.RIP Bill Hicks, the comedian s comedian Always brilliant, mordantly funny Of course, it s better to read Hicks having seen his work check out YouTube if you haven t seen him His voice is special and much missed, at least by me As one of my books says, and I often wonder, What would Bill Hicks say Whether or not your are a fan of Bill Hicks is unlikely to change the fact this book swiftly becomes a chore to read The idea is sound provide excerpts from Hicks routines over the years to show their evolution, and the book is open about the fact this will necessitate some level of repetition.However the minimal editing, with huge routines quoted verbatim, offers no real sense of evolution at all The result is that there is little point to re reading the same jokes and the whole affair beco Whether or not your are a fan of Bill Hicks is unlikely to change the fact this book swiftly becomes a chore to read The idea is sound provide excerpts from Hicks routines over the years to show their evolution, and the book is open about the fact this will necessitate some level of repetition.However the minimal editing, with huge routines quoted verbatim, offers no real sense of evolution at all The result is that there is little point to re reading the same jokes and the whole affair becomes a tedious exercise A particular shame for a comedian whose strength lay in the fiery energy behind his delivery, largely lost in print.Do watch Hicks for a comedian with a message, something often missing in stand up But this book is for completist fans only This man is God I am in love with his brain. Depending on your point of view, Bill Hicks was a comic genius or a crass boor To his admirers, Hicks was a stand up comedian in the tradition of Lenny Bruce smart, direct, uncompromising, using humour to sugar his bitter invectives against hypocrisy, injustice and wilful ignorance His detractors saw only a shock comic who used free speech as an excuse for bad language and bad behaviour It s unlikely that this book will bring the twain closer together, but it may help those who loved or loa Depending on your point of view, Bill Hicks was a comic genius or a crass boor To his admirers, Hicks was a stand up comedian in the tradition of Lenny Bruce smart, direct, uncompromising, using humour to sugar his bitter invectives against hypocrisy, injustice and wilful ignorance His detractors saw only a shock comic who used free speech as an excuse for bad language and bad behaviour It s unlikely that this book will bring the twain closer together, but it may help those who loved or loathed Hicks gain a better understanding of the man behind the jokes Love All the People is a selection of Bill Hicks writing from the 1980s up to 1994, the year of his death Along with his stand up routines, there are letters, interviews and scripts from projects he had in the pipeline There s also a full explanation by Hicks about what happened when his set was axed from the David Letterman show The routines are reprinted exactly as they were delivered, and although they succeed in giving a flavour of the Hicks style, they re no substitute for the live performance I had to go out and buy a CD of Hicks to enjoy the full experience Comedy, like music, depends on rhythm, timing, intonation, none of which come across as well on the printed page The book contains a fair amount of repetition between one routine and another, but it s still interesting to see how Hicks adapted his material even as he was performing it.Beyond the routines, the letters which Hicks wrote in response to his critics reveal aplacid side, but he continued to defend his style with vigour, intelligence, and of course with humour Hicks made it clear that he didn t care what people thought as long as they thought for themselves, cutting out the interpreters in government, religion, business and television A typical example of Hicks at workAren t bosses something They re like gnats on a camping trip, aren t they makes sound of gnats whining Get the f out of here, buddy It s just a job It doesn t mean a thing, all right I smoked a joint this morning, you re lucky I showed, bud, all right My bed was like a womb I always used to get from bosses Hicks, how come you re not workin I d go, There s nothing to do And they d go, Well, you pretend like you re workin Yeah, why don t you pretend I m workin You get paidthan me You fantasize, buddy Hell.Pretend I m mopping Knock yourself out I ll pretend they re buying stuff we can close up Hey, I m the boss now you re fired How s that for a fantasy, buddy If you re gonna pretend go ahead andI can t have a job I need my sleep You know what I mean I do I need eight hours a day, you know, and about ten at night sniffs and I m goodI m good, I am Along with some very robust language throughout the book, some readers may be uncomfortable with Hicks remarks on Christianity Yet the interviews in the book uncover a deeply spiritual dimension to Bill Hicks, sometimes taking him to an almost evangelical levelThe word is enthusiasm It is from Enthios which means the god within You know what that means You do what excites you what really brings you joy It is God s way of saying you are on the right path We are on it together and isn t it fun Do what brings you joy and all else will follow All of the facets of the complex character that was Bill Hicks come together in his letter to New Yorker columnist John Lahr, in which he explains how his routine was edited from the Letterman show in 1993 Showing a rare gift for letter writing, Hicks goes into full, but not tedious, detail about the events surrounding his appearance In spite of fulsome praise from the producers, a rapturous reception from the live audience and warm congratulations from Letterman himself, Hicks routine was cut on the night the show went out, and he only discovered its deletion shortly before the broadcast His letter goes on to describe the incredulity, pain and anger he felt at his treatment, again showing how articulate he could be, even in the midst of emotional turmoil This letter in itself underlines how powerful the written word can be in the right hands, spoiled only by an inexplicably high number of typographical errors which seem to have infested this particular section of the book Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, at the age of 32 He was on the verge of breaking out of his cult status in the United States to mirror the success he already enjoyed in Britain This book isn t all we have to remember him by, but it is a fair reflection of a complex man, and a reminder of how much we need his like today After doing battle with drink and drugs in the 1980s, Hicks worried that giving them up would blunt his talent to amuseBut I also realized that I wouldn t be funny if I was deadHe couldn t have beenwrong Like almost all anti establishment figures who died before their time, Bill s premature death served to seal his reputation as an almost godlike figure Easy to be cynical about that of course, but also worth remembering that to be timeless you need a special something in the first place Bill was no saint, no genius, and his arguments were not always as watertight as they might at first have appeared But reading his material 16 years on and reflecting on everything that s happened since he Like almost all anti establishment figures who died before their time, Bill s premature death served to seal his reputation as an almost godlike figure Easy to be cynical about that of course, but also worth remembering that to be timeless you need a special something in the first place Bill was no saint, no genius, and his arguments were not always as watertight as they might at first have appeared But reading his material 16 years on and reflecting on everything that s happened since he seems, if not quite godlike, then at least the closest we got to a pre millenial prophet And a funny one at that Much of his continued popularity lies in the simple fact that his material is still so painfully relevant his vital injection of unhinged sanitydesperately required than ever Reading his denunciation of the first Gulf War and President Bush Sr, you can t help but reflect on the ample material he d have had to work with during the Bush Jr era and the invasion of Iraq Reading his take on the safe and soulless manufactured pop of the 80s and 90s, you long to hear him let rip on the proliferation of reality TV Reading his caustic lampooning of reactionary Republicans, you wonder what he d have had to say about the Tea Party movement It s impossible not to ponder these things and wonder how the focus of his work might have changed had he remained with us Was he all set to have become a lightning rod for reason Or for spirituality Was he destined to become a leading light of the late 90s anti globalisation movement Or a researcher of 9 11 truth It s possible to find seeds for all of these andin the later routines covered in this collection Of course one of the most moving things about reading this book is knowing what lies ahead Several 1993 performances feature Bill joking with the audience about how this would be his last show ever He knew the real reason of course, but he didn t let on Also included here is his 31 page letter to John Lahr revealing his devastation at being the first ever comedy act to be cut from the Letterman show Letterman would later take full responsibility for that decision and in 2009 finally air the routine in its entirety in the presence of Bill s mother as guest Another fascinating inclusion is the script for the pilot episode of a new Channel 4 talk show, Counts of the Netherworld This would eventually be screened in 2004 on the tenth anniversary of his death Transcripts are always going to be an incomplete way to experience a performance, but thankfully the transcripts here are faithfully recounted down to each hesitation and word stumble and for anyone familiar with Hicks s routines, it s really not hard to pull the missing flourishes and contortions from your head Unsurprisingly this is a book with no shortage of laugh out loud material, but the additional letters and lyrics give the reader a fascinating insight into Bill Hicks the man Original, challenging, and well meaning, he wasn t perfect but he was mostly on the right track, and, to coin a phrase, one of life s good guys If you identify with that feeling of being caught between both loving humanity and fast losing faith in it, read this book, smile, and take comfort in the fact that at least one man was feeling much the same way almost two decades ago I love a good autobiography and I have mostly been disappointed by biographies I purchased this because it was billed as autobiography.The forward by John Lahr was mostly full of the worst kinds of biography Bill hated as his cousin told me he had heard his mother say that Bill had said to her You know the sort of thing, nothing that wasn t conjecture or extrapolation from public record It did then start to giveinteresting information most particularly about his diagnosis with I love a good autobiography and I have mostly been disappointed by biographies I purchased this because it was billed as autobiography.The forward by John Lahr was mostly full of the worst kinds of biography Bill hated as his cousin told me he had heard his mother say that Bill had said to her You know the sort of thing, nothing that wasn t conjecture or extrapolation from public record It did then start to giveinteresting information most particularly about his diagnosis with cancer and the way it was dealt with by Bill and his family.The format needed tighter editing as it relayed verbatim transcripts of a great deal of his shows across his career This was purported to show the development of his ideas through the years but actually just meant that there was an awful lot of repetition.I have loved Bill Hicks from the first time I saw him on C4 years ago The book reports that the UK took him to their hearts, and I really think that those who have seen heard him definitely did.However, I think if anyone tried reading this book without having a prior respect and admiration for his work then I think they d really not be sure they would want to know anyabout him.The transcripts need to be heard in Bill s distinctive voice.There was a chapter called Thoughts on love and smoking which I found really moving.A lot was made of his censorship by the David Letterman show or the network who broadcast it but I really don t remember this at the time Perhaps it didn t get reported much in the UK.Overall, a great reminder for me of how good Bill Hicks was mostly