Love All the People: Letters, Lyrics, Routines

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Soft Skull Press, 2004 - Humor - 312 pages
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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. 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. Love All the People faithfully traces Hicks's evolution from a funny but conventional stand-up comedian into a fearless and brilliant iconoclast.
 

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A comic genius, despite a few intrinsic issues I have transposing a vital live format to the page, as a Hicks devotee, having watched his specials hundreds of times, I was able to read his voice and ... Read full review

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Contents

Climbing up to Center Stage Interview by Julia Joseph
3
Recorded Live at the Vic Theatre Chicago
29
Recorded at Laff Stop Austin
63
Interview with Funny Man Bill Hicks by Jimmy OBrien
81
The Questionnaire Summer 1992
95
Capitol Hill October 31 1992 New Musical Express
115
Recorded Live at the Oxford Playhouse
137
Thoughts on Love and Smoking November 1992
159
Recorded Live at LaffStop Austin
169
Comedy for the Head by Cree McCree
185
Wake Up America Summer 1993
213
Free Press or The Observer Show Idea October 1993
227
Letter to Dave December 1993
273
New Happiness February 7 1994
297
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About the author (2004)

Jill Hicks was born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Unionville with her husband, Bill. Together they have two daughters. Unfortunately, they lost their oldest, Jamie, in a tragic auto accident when she was twenty. Their youngest daughter, Jessie, is married and lives nearby. Jill also has a stepdaughter, Jenn. Jill is very close to her extended family. She draws on her personal experiences and the stories of others to express the joys and sorrows of life and love. Jill is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Music Education. In her spare time she loves to read, play the piano, ride her bike, sail, and spend quality beach time with her husband, family, and friends. Ironically, Jill loathed reading until just several years ago. After she ran out of summer beach books to read, she decided to write her own, ergo her first novel, "Will Power.

Praised by the "New York Times Book Review "as "probably the most intelligent and insightful writer on the theater today," John Lahr has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, most recently for his work at "The New Yorker, "where he has written about theater and popular culture since 1992. Mr. Lahr has written sixteen books, among them the novels "The Autograph Hound "(1973) and "Hot to Trot "(1974); "Light Fantastic: Adventures in Theater "(1996); "The Orton Diaries "(editor, 1996); "Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr "(California, 2000); "Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation "(California, 2000); and "Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton "(California, 2000).

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