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Overview Answering the question, what would Bill Hicks say, dozens of commentators imagine the response of the upstart comic to a wide variety of current events, including contributions from Jeff Danziger, Neal Pollack, Robert Newman, and A. L. Kennedy, among others. Original.
What would Bill Hicks say about the second George Bush, the second war in Iraq, American Idol, or erectile dysfunction? In 250 words (or one picture) or less, writers, comedians, musicians, cartoonists, and entrants from Austin's annual Bill Hicks Tribute Rant-Off fulminate about the current political and cultural scene in Hicksian rants. Contributors include cartoonists Jeff Danziger and Martyn Turner; writers Neal Pollack, Robert Newman, and A.L. Kennedy; and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Just emerging from underground cult status when he died in 1994, Hicks redefined the boundaries of comedy in the 1980s. His biting social satire about everything from the first President Bush to rock stars who shill for diet Coke made audiences roar and censors cringe. Hicks believed that while ideas evolve, principles remain constant, and that the venues for expressing them change over time. Hicks said he was planting seeds. By providing a forum for those touched by Hicks's ideas to speak out on his behalf, this book waters those seeds. More than just a tribute to Hicks's legend, What Would Bill Hicks Say? is a thought-provoking reflection of the present moment.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2006
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1933368012 ISBN13 9781933368016
Availability 0 units.
More About Ben Mack & Kristin Pulkkinen
Ben Mack is a sales and marketing expert and an award-winning ad-man who has worked on high-profile campaigns at several prominent agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, BBDO, WestWayne, T.G. Madison, WONGDOODY, and Deutsch. Visit www.ThinkTwoProductsAhead.com for more information.
Reviews - What do customers think about What Would Bill Hicks Say??
Not worth the time.... Dec 11, 2007
I really was excited to start reading this book, thinking it would be full of smart, well-crafted essays that would truly make you think (you know, like Bill Hick's stand-up did). So, I was deeply disappointed to find this book just to be fill with uneducated rants that spent more time worrying about fitting a new Bush joke in, then about actually making a point. Great idea, horrible execution.
A missed opportunity Jul 9, 2006
A great shame- what could have been a showcase for a wide range of Bill Hicks fans, established and new comics and political satire becomes too close to being an ego trip for half a dozen of the organsiers buddies. Were there really so few contributions to this project that the same names had to be used again and again? There are some good pieces but too few- and far too few Brits for someone who was so popular in the UK and such an Anglophile (and, unusually for an American capable of accurately satirising the British).
Dead On May 6, 2006
If you are a a fan of Bill Hicks, then this is probably the best piece of postmortem merchandise out there. Somehow, it just feels right, and though a few of the rants are not the greatest, most of them are dead on and perfect.
I can't think of any reason not to own this.
WWBHS is intended as a launching pad Feb 23, 2006
To hear a verbal take on this project...please listen to "Voices" in mutant media at Frequency23 at DotOrg.
Bill wanted his ideas to be evolved.
If you are reading this I imagine you have listened to several hours of Bill Hicks material, perhaps 100s of hours. Now, what are you doing with these ideas?
If you're sharing what Bill Hicks would say I hold you are helping to solve Potable Water for all humanity.
If you buy this book you are helping wild critters in the Austin area. Thank you for your support.
This isn't much of a review...but I'm a biased reviewer. I'm a recovering advertising executive.
Let me ask you this...why have you read this far? And, whatever that answer is I'd like to ask that you take that energy and focus it on promoting Bill's ideas on Love.
Thank you for your considerations.
With gratitude to Kristin, Amelia, Joseph, Richard, Lynn, Mary & Steve for making this project possible...And everybody who contributed to this evolution.