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Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 3: The Bills of Rights, Hicks & Maher

Two sides of the same coin, Bill Hicks and Bill Maher are comedic patriots; leave (their country) they will not, nor will they leave it alone, for they persist at picking at their nation’s open sores of injustice, hypocrisy, and superficiality.

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Evolution Calling: Tool - "Third Eye"

A gargantuan track closes out the Ænima album and gives millions an introduction to a comedic icon.

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Evolution Calling: Tool – "Cesaro Summability" and "Ænima"

A crunching guitar riff and pulverizing drumming unfortunately can't save "Ænima" from some lax songwriting.

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Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War, Part One

Even within the US, where democracy and political openness have fostered a rich tradition of rebellious humor, stains still linger from those periods when “God-is-on-our-side” attitudes swept the nation into a mass hysteria of obedience and fear.

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Evolution Calling: Tool - "Eulogy" and "H"

In the latest Between the Grooves series, Sean McCarthy undertakes a track-by-track examination of the concept of change in Tool's 1996 classic, Ænima, this time looking at "Eulogy" and "H".

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Even for the faithful to whom Bill Hicks is quite familiar, American may invite more questions than it answers.

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Laugh While You Weep with 'Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection'

If Hicks succeeded at anything, his special gift was in delineating the prurience —and profit-seeking— that has always hidden in plain view beneath the puritanical façade our politicians, priests and TV producers obligingly maintain.

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Bill Hicks: Sane Man [DVD] / Salvation: Oxford -- November 11, 1992

November 11, 1992 (Rykodisc) -- More archival releases from one of the greatest U.S. comics and satirists reinforce that, 10 years after his death, Hicks's relevance continues to increase.

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Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian

Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.

Michael Sandlin

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