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Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 26, 2008
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This is not a complete history of Sesame Street. This is a slog through the personal histories of several of the key players who created Sesame Street: Joan Ganz Cooney, Jon Stone, David Connell, Sam Gibbon, and Jim Henson. And when I saw histories, I mean you learn about their parents' upbringing, their upbringing, schooling, weird relationships, everything! This book is hyper-detailed, bogging it down. What isn't about family history is about how the show got funded, which has the potential to be interesting if we weren't forced to walk through every step of the process. And, of course, we do. You finally get to the genesis of the show and its characters and stories in Chapter 12... so if you want just that, skip to page 166.
To finish my complaint on the book's completeness, it skims a fair amount of the 1980s (compared to the detail of earlier chapters) and gives very little info on the mid-1990s and beyond. This is probably because management changed at the CTW and Davis does not fawn over these people. Elmo is the most-covered subject during this time period.
I'd also have to say that the writing structure is incredibly awkward.Read more ›
There's a lot of background info here... quite a lot on the earlier show, Captain Kangaroo. Warm and genial on screen, Bob Keeshan was a sometimes moody prankster on the set. A number of the writers and crew made the jump to Sesame Street when it started, and they brought lessons they learned from the Captain with them, namely, that an ensemble cast would provide less headaches than a single, tempermental actor.
Jim Henson was probably the most widely celebrated Sesame Street contributor, with his furry, funny, wonderful Muppets. Davis also spotlights Children's Television Workshop founding member and Sesame producer, Joan Ganz Cooney and her struggles to be taken seriously in the "man's world" of television production in the late 60's and onward. I didn't know that Bob McGrath, one of the longest-running original cast members got his start as a Japanese pop-singing sensation! I was also unaware that Northern James Calloway, who played David on the show, had such a troubled history. Towards the end of his run on the show, his behavior became increasingly erratic as he struggled with manic-depression.Read more ›
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Great followup on the movie i got / or watch from Amazon. The movie was great but the book added some of the detail a movie just could not include.Published 1 month ago by TJ-STL
I have not read the book yet, so I will not review the content. This is just a warning that the print is off on the pressing that I received (Dec. 2015). Read morePublished 3 months ago by P.A.T.
More than you ever wanted to know about Sesame Street. Ever. But still, somehow, not enough. This book answered almost every question I had about the show since I first started... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Doran
It's neat when you read a behind-the-scenes story about a television show and it turns out not to be a "True Hollywood Story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Adam Nedeff
excellent historical review of public television and children's educational programming. highly recommend. entertaining also!Published 11 months ago by casecor
This book is nothing, really, but a very long, detailed, fawning interview with Joan Ganz Cooney and her friends in the industry. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer Thrash
Very interesting read. Grew up with Sesame Street so I enjoyed learning about its history.Published 16 months ago by David Blair
Man, this book took me back to my childhood, excellent book and excellent condition. Perfect transaction with seller.Published 17 months ago by Michael Kupst