American: The Bill Hicks Story

  • by Redbush Entertainment Ltd
  • 1 hrs and 41 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

American is the story of one of the most influential comedians of the modern era. Even though Bill Hicks died over 16 years ago, his reputation has continued to grow. He is still regularly found in top 20 polls of 'best' comedians, and is regarded by many as the 'comedians' comedian' - such is his high regard.
This recording is a lasting record of his life, based on hundreds of interviews across America, as told by the people who knew him best. The principal characters in his life had never all spoken at one time before. They include his mother, Mary Hicks; his brother, Steve; his sister, Lynn; and his closest friends: Dwight Slade, Kevin Booth, David Johndrow, and many of the 'Houston' gang of friends and comics.
Bill's comedy sought the bigger truths of life, and he openly challenged the government in the USA, ensuring that he was never able to gain a mainstream television audience in his own country. His take on everything from smoking, drinking, drugs, the military, and music, were unique and absolutely hilarious.
Music for Bill and his close friends was an obsession, and some of that recorded work can be heard as a soundtrack on this audiobook. Some of his best comedy performances can be heard here also: including recordings from way back in tiny clubs in Houston in 1979, to the big international festival Just For Laughs, and his Revelations tour in London.
This recording preserves Bill's story, bringing together his journey, his friendships, and some of his finest comedy moments - all recounted by the people who knew him best.

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What the Critics Say

"Beautifully told." (Empire)
"Hysterically funny and deeply moving." (Daily Mirror)

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Very entertaining, recommend

This is a really entertaining listen and a great introduction for the non-initiated. Highly recommend this.
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- Louise

Let him speak !!

Love Bill Hicks, but like the cover picture he is gagged in this audiobook. Its a story of his life recounted by close friends, relatives and colleagues, interjected with snippets of him performing stand-up. Problem is, that the format just does't work for me. You are listening to a witness account, then suddenly you are whisked off to hear one of his anecdotes, which has nothing to do with the story from the witness. Then, you get into the joke being told by Bill, hear the laugh from the audience and are taken back to another witness account about something else. You end up not knowing where you are. Do one or the other, i.e., tell the uninterrupted story, then let him speak, or better still just put the whole show on. Bill Hicks isn't one liners, but tells a story, and little snippets like this just does not work.
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- Trevor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2011
  • Publisher: Redbush Entertainment Ltd