Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything: (or Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance) Audio CD – Unabridged, July 1, 2005
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- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1591793750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591793755
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 5.75 inches
- Publisher : Sounds True; Unabridged Edition (July 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A friend of mine ordered this, same story, just the five discs.
My guess is, they were going to include three bonus discs but couldn't get the rights, and it was too late to reprint the box.
It's a good set. I especially enjoyed the autobiographical stuff in the first session. The material on General Semantics, "model-theism", and the Eight Circuits makes more sense in print ("Prometheus Rising"), and I didn't need an hour on Joyce and Pound, but this is an excellent intro to RAW's thought.
The interviews with RAW are excellent.
ANYWAYS DID EVERYBODY SEE R.A.W. HAS 2 DVDs "MAYBE LOGIC" AND "WILHELM REICH IN HELL".
WRONG(reviewer below) this collection is Five CDs Six hours long total and it does includes three classic Robert Anton Wilson lectures: The Acceleration of Knowledge, The New Inquisition, and Religion for the Hell of It.
I've owned this set for years now and have listened to it many times, at least 5 times; there is just so much here to take in. I don't know why but even without those 3 lectures this set would be worth considerably more then one star. I own the set on tapes and I thought well maybe they left the lectures off for whatever reason when they switched it over to CD format. I checked Sounds True, the publisher, website and they state it is 5 CDs Six hours long and that the three lectures are here and if it's 5 CDs six hours they are.
I don't know why but the reviewer below either bought it used or a mishap at the manufacture and didn't get it all or a has chosen to Lie for whatever reason.
This set isn't a book on tape, it's an interview with 3 lectures by Bob and it's great, informative, funny, mind blowing stuff. I've listened to it again this year and I wont be surprised if I listen to it again next year. This set and Terence McKenna's The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge are the only sets I continuously revisit and learn something new from every time I do. Whether you are new to RAW in which case this will make a great introduction, possibly somewhat overwhelming but he explains his ideas, or a long time fan that enjoys being entertained by Bob this collection is Classic.
The six tapes cover a host of topics, but the main topics are the Life and Times of Robert Anton Wilson, Language and Reality, Techniques for consciousness change, politics and conspiracy, the acceleration of knowledge, and the New Inquisition/Religion for the Hell of it. This is great, because you can pick and choose the topic, especially those of us used to CDs.
The conversations are subdued, mellow, coarse, and profoundly funny at times.
If you are not a RAW veteran, however, don't start with this. Much of the information has appeared in some form in his books, and the depth he dives to in print is preferrable.
It is just kind of fun to hear Bob make fun of himself, everyone else, and the possibilty that RAW is full of crap, too.
If you're looking to get this set because of the lecture material, it's not here. Apparently it is intact in the cassette edition, if you can get your hands on that (according to another reviewer here). If, however, you're looking for a long, interesting, and amusing interview with Bob go ahead and pick this up.
I hesitate to give this 5 stars only because it does not fulfill what its packaging says it includes. What is included, in my opinion, is excellent material.
This Collectors Edition also includes three classic Robert Anton Wilson lectures: The Acceleration of Knowledge, The New Inquisition, and Religion for the Hell of It.
That's completely untrue. The package only contains an interview with Mr. Wilson.