Friday May 29, 2020

The rise and rise of a dead comedian

Bill Hicks: Agent Of Evolution, by Kevin Booth with Michael Bertin, Harper Collins, €13.10.

29th April, 2006

Bill Hicks: Agent Of Evolution, by Kevin Booth with Michael Bertin, Harper Collins, €13.10.

The history of popular culture is littered with the headstones of uncategorisable creative mavericks who couldn’t get arrested while alive, yet attained adoring cult status as soon as they had the decency to die young, unheralded and impoverished.

Bill Hicks is a classic example of the species. Though it’s incorrect to say that Hicks’ career as a scattergun stand-up...

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