RYKO REMEMBERS BILL HICKS
THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION IN STORES SEPTEMBER 14
2 CD/ 2 DVD Box Set Containing his Most Cherished Stand-Up, Exclusive Material from Family Archives, Songs by Hicks and Liner Notes by Henry Rollins, Eric Bogosian, Paul Outhwaite and Clive Anderson
Ryko is proud to announce the release of The Essential Collection, a four disc set (2 CD/2 DVD) – out September 14th, 2010 on Ryko – that encompasses Bill Hicks’ short but influential career as a satirist, social critic and stand-up comedian. The package contains double DVD discs with over five hours of footage from Bill Hicks’ personal archives including rare, never-before-seen performances from the early 80’s, the cult short film Ninja Bachelor Party (starring Bill Hicks, Kevin Booth and David Johndrow), in-depth interviews with Hicks and a photo gallery from his family’s keepsakes. The 2 CD discs offer over two hours of his best stand-up material with never-before-released performance pieces from a San Ramon , CA show recorded by Bill Hicks that was found in his archives. The box set also features new liner notes written by family members as well as renowned figures (including Henry Rollins, Eric Bogosian, noted UK author Paul Outhwaite, and UK journalist/tv personality, Clive Anderson), and a download card containing original song recordings by Hicks (that were mastered at Abbey Road Studios – London, England) entitled, Lo-Fi Troubadour.
Hell’s yes. More Bill Hicks is always a great thing. I think Henry Rollins said it well:
“If Bill were around now, America would be a better place.” – Henry Rollins