Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks

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In 1993, network executives abruptly cut the final appearance of comedian Bill Hicks - a scathing tirade of digs on the Pope and the pro-life movement - from an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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His banning from the show, along with a profile in The New Yorker by veteran writer John Lahr, catapulted Hicks to national prominence. Just months later, at age 32, he died of pancreatic cancer. Now available for the first time are Hick's most critical and comic observations, gathered from his stand-up routines, diaries, notebooks, letters, and final writings. This collection features his controversial humor and witheringly funny attacks on American culture, from its worship of celebrity and material goods to its involvement in the first Gulf War. In an admiring profile by the New Yorker critic John Lahr - reproduced here - Hicks describes the comic's vocation as being 'the antithesis of the mob mentality.' Love All the People faithfully traces Hicks's evolution from a funny but conventional stand-up comedian into a fearless and brilliant iconoclast. Foreword by John Lahr. 'Bill Hicks - blowtorch, excavator, truth-sayer, and brain specialist, like a reverend waving a gun around. He will correct your vision. Others will drive on the road he built.' -Tom Waits

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Author Bill Hicks
Publisher Soft Skull
Page Count 384pp
Publication Size 5 x 7.75
Publication Notes softcover, expanded edition
Publication Date August 20, 2008
ISBN 978-1593762018

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