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Bill Hicks Agent of Evolution Paperback – April 1, 2006
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As I opened the book for the first time, I was immediately impressed by the twenty-four pages of exclusive color photographs. Taken from Kevin's own photo albums, these photos show the softer, private side of Bill Hicks. A few of these photos captured some of the infamous moments of Bill's life. For example, can you imagine the atmosphere when Bill partied with Sam Kinison, another of the Texas Outlaw Comics? The inclusion of the color photo section shows how well-respected Bill Hicks continues to be in the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, Kevin states on his own website that when this book is published in the USA sometime in 2006 (most likely in paperback), he expects that the USA edition will not include the photos in their original color format.
As for the book itself, Kevin, having admitted that he is not a writer, worked with Austin, Texas USA entertainment writer Michael Bertin, who co-authored the book.Read more ›
My main grievance is with the primary contributor Kevin Booth who, in spite of being one of Bill's closest friends; sounds resentful and sarcastic in his characterization of Bill throughout the entire book. I know they were very close friends and he must have loved and cared about Bill, but you wouldn't know it from reading this book. Throughout the book he tends to focus almost exclusively on the negative aspects of Bill's personality. For example he spends a great deal of time focusing on Bill's preoccupation with getting laid, and the fact that he was less adept at it than his friends were. After so much coverage devoted to this singular aspect of Bill's childhood, I began to understand that it is Kevin Booth who is the one who has a preoccupation with getting laid. He chooses to focus on one of Bill's most volatile and controversial performances without once making mention of Bill's most provocative performances, which were the rule, not the exception. At times I found myself saying, almost out loud, "Dude! Did you even like him?"
It is not until almost the final chapter that you get any indication at all that he had any love for Bill, only to find him reverting immediately back to his standard defensive posture in the final chapter. (For those of you who have seen the documentary `It's Just A Ride' on the `Bill Hicks Live' DVD Kevin Booth is the one with the mullet.Read more ›
The accounts are broken up, there is a main narrative and then reflections by Booth and many other of Bill's close friends. That keeps the book going, although some of the accounts overlap and become repetitive, I'm sure they just wanted to include everybody who knew Bill well. You get a lot of great stories that show his different sides, each friend has a unique view.
You can't write a book like this and not get very personal. Some of the stuff makes you ask yourself what you would reveal about your own best friend, but in keeping with honesty, Booth is candid about Bill's abuses and dark moments. You also get lots of great bits about their mushroom trips and UFO fascination. So the good, bad and ugly bits all kinda balance out.
All in all, it's mostly fun reading and also very serious. There are a lot of things to learn from Bill Hicks and this book helps you understand some of what went into the making of the man.
The moral of the story? It's just a ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much love for Kevin & Bill. It was an ultimate pleasure to work with Kevin on this book!Published 6 months ago by M. Taylor
A great book about a comic super star. Bill was way ahead of his time. Please buy this book and you will see what I mean. Thank you.Published 11 months ago by Machine
Was listed as good condition, the front and back cover have MOLD growing in them, and through some pages. Absolutely ridiculous.Published on June 11, 2014 by Nick Runge
I am a Bill Hicks fan and really enjoyed hearing Kevin Booth's perspective about the man and their times together. This book contains some interesting details and photos. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by melanie banel
I agree with other reviewers that this is a choppy and disjointed volume that would have benefited from a good, professional edit. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by DoctorJoeE
A really interesting book to follow to learn more about the man and stand up comedy. Finished my word countPublished on October 8, 2013 by Gavin Hicks
I expected the book to be good, but it was more interesting than I expected. It has stories from many different people who knew him personally. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by ritarose
Terribly written, all over the place, and included TMI about things that really didn't need to be revealed to get a good biography on Bill Hicks (like hearing intimate details of... Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by curlyamos