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Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A brother recalls the excessive and flamboyant life of the late comedian who died in an April 1992 car crash, portraying Kinison's checkered early years, his road to fame and fortune, and his personal struggles. National ad/promo.
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by William Morrow & Co (first published 1994)
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Shawna
Jun 14, 2011 Shawna rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
This was a riveting book. Years ago I saw the E! True Hollywood Story on Kinison which gave me an entirely different impresssion of the track the man was on at the time of his fatal car accident. This book revealed that his recent marriage was far from healthy and the man himself was still using drugs. His addictions put the people around him through hell. I can't imagine putting up with all his drama on a daily basis the way his brother did. Sam was a talented and generous guy but in the end I ...more
Aer Bluewilson
Jun 15, 2013 Aer Bluewilson rated it really liked it
This was a very good read, Kinison was a great comedian. However, after learning more about the man, I don't think he would be someone I cared to be around. This bio by his brother definitely did not endear me to Sam Kinison. But in a way, reading this may of made me understand and like his comedy even better now. I do think he had the potential to be a decent person, unfortunately he passed away just when he was finding his way. I would encourage others to read this book if they like comedy and ...more
John Bruni
Mar 03, 2016 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible biography of an incredible man. It's written by Sam's brother, Bill, and this kind of book can be tricky. You never know how reliable a biographer who is related to his subject can be. Personally I think Bill did a great, honest job. He bares it all. He has no illusions about his brother. He even gives himself a hard time in some cases. This book is the very definition of "warts and all." I remember loving the hell out of Sam Kinison's stand up when I was a kid, and I remem ...more
Roxann Keating
Apr 21, 2015 Roxann Keating rated it really liked it
I got the book in the mail this morning and finished it tonight. I stopped reading it but just kept picking it back up. What a crazy life. I thought the authors did a good job, being as honest as anyone can be about someone they loved. I was looking for some huge revelation or secret about Sam Kinison and never really got that. I think it was because through his comedy he really was being honest about his life, experiences and who he was.
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SouthWestZippy
Jan 18, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, celebrity
Very good book about the late Sam Kinison. Well written for a easy read.
James Greene
Jun 21, 2014 James Greene rated it really liked it
An interesting read, with the complete text of some of Sam's most famous (and controversial) routines. On the other hand, it is clear that he was a very complex person with a very difficult personality and a serious addiction problem.
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