"'Gee, he was here a moment ago. . .' This is what George Carlin wanted on his tombstone if he'd had one."
Leave it to Carlin to release his autobiography after he passed away; or rather his sortabiography, as he referred to it.
The majority of his audience first saw Carlin in the early '60's on The Ed Sullivan Show, with his partner, Jack Burns. They were two Irish mimic-comedians. After their falling out, George went solo and had a modestly successful career until he got busted for obscenity. His career had hit a wall and he was becoming a parody of himself.
This book chronicles his love/hate relationship with his mother, Mary; his addiction to drugs and alcohol; his love for his daughter, Kelly; and how hallucinogens changed the course of his comic genius.
In the late 60's, Carlin began tripping and from those experiences he created "The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." He credited the drugs to freeing his inhibitions and allowing him to speak freely. Since he was born a true clown, Carlin's true inner self made millions of people laugh over a 50-year career.
This book was co-authored by Tony Hendra, who some might remember from his role in This Is Spinal Tap, as the band's manager. Fans of Carlin's will want to read this book, if not to find out more about his hidden demons, then to just marvel in the way his mind worked.