It Wasn't Always Easy, But I Sure Had Fun (MM to TR Promotion)
by Lewis Grizzard
ISBN 0345419286 (0-345-41928-6)
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Softcover, Ballantine Books, 1997
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Book summary: On March 24, 1994 -- the day Lewis Grizzard died -- America lost an opinionated and angry and loving and controversial voice. Worst of all, it lost a funny voice, a voice that saw the absurd and hilarious in everyday life -- from the battle between the sexes to the hypocrisy of political blather to the all-important differences between good 'ol Georgia Bulldog-rooting Southerners and Harvard-attending Yankees. If Lewis Grizzard fought for anything, he fought for Americans to keep their sense of humor. He rallied against political correctness and ranted and raved against what he called the "Thought Police."
Yes, Lewis was fierce in his beliefs, but he didn't care if you shared his opinions. He was more interested in making his audience think. Or shaking them up. Or just plain getting them teed off. If he had to express an outrageous opinion to do so, so be it. It Wasn't Always Easy, But I Sure Had Fun is drawn from a collection of his previous audios, including I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin'; Elvis is Dead and I Don't Feel so Good Myself; I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962; My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun; If Love Were Oil, I'd be About a Quart Low; and You Can't Put No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll The collection features some of his most outrageous opinions and tender thoughts. It is the project he was working on when he died; it contains the work that he thought represented the best of the last decade of his writing.
Over the years, there was nothing that Lewis shied away from tackling -- sex, politics, culture, men, women, mothers, fathers, football, honor, racism, the past, the present, or the future. As Lewis's final words, It Wasn't Always Easy,But I Sure Had Fun is a fitting tribute.
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