Bill Hicks: American Prophet

Out of Your Head: Drugs Through the Ages

When William Melvin Hicks (“Thanks dad!”) died in 1994, not only did the world lose a great comic talent, but also one of the most biting political satirists and social commentators, a man who destroyed the myth of the American Dream and exposed the true nature of political power and propaganda. He once described himself as “Chomsky with dick jokes” and it’s not difficult to see why, with much of his material – particularly in his later period after coming off drugs and alcohol – infused with harsh condemnations of American foreign policy married with an astute understanding of mass media manipulation and rampant, soulless consumerism. “Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do as…

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