In 250 words or less, and in a picture or less, writers, comedians, musicians, and cartoonists rant and let it fly. Fulminating about politics and drugs and smoking and pathetic celebrities, fans capture the essence of Bill Hicks.
Just emerging from underground cult status when he died at age thirty-two, Bill Hicks spent most of his life making audiences roar--and censors cringe--with biting social satire about everything from former president George Bush to rock stars who hawk diet Coke. His nervy talent redefined the boundaries of comedy in the '80s and won him a list of admirers that includes John Cleese, Tom Waits, Dennis Miller, David Letterman, George Carlin, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Hicks believed that ideas evolve. The principles remain relatively constant, but the cues to express the ideas change over time. A constant in the writing in the media about Hicks in the decade since his death, is the urge to understand what icks would have said about the second George Bush, the second War in Iraq, the rise of reality TV, the ever-deepening penetration of the artistic sphere by commcerial imperatives. What Would Bill Hicks say finally gives a forum for those people Hicks's ideas touched to speak out on his behalf.
Hicks said he was planting seeds. By asking people to channel his indignation and outrage, this book will water those seeds. More than just a tribute to Hicks's legend, What Would Bill Hicks Say? is a reflection of the present moment.