- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Theme Park Press (March 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683900537
- ISBN-13: 978-1683900535
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack of All Trades: Conversations with Disney Legend Ken Anderson Paperback – March 10, 2017
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Historian Paul Anderson recorded hours of oral history as told by Ken. This book is a compilation of those tapes. A transcript of one of those tapes previously appeared on Walt's People vol. 1. I was delighted when Didier Ghez announced that the entire oral history was getting its own book.
In it, Ken covers some familiar ground, such as his start at the studio, his relationship with Walt, etc. He goes more into depth on so many other topics.
Its always interesting, and sometimes saddening, to read about the personalities of the Disney artists and how they got along. Ken, like many of the other artists, describes the studio politics among the artists.
Given that it's a long oral history, spread out over 21 tapes, not everthing is told chronologically. The only thing that could have made this already great volume better is an index, so certain topics can be gleaned easier.
Next to the ongoing series of Walt's People, this is one of the single best primary sources that Theme Park Press has released.
Now there needs to be a big coffee table book on Ken Anderson's art. Didier has said that he will be featured in volume 5 of They Drew As They Pleased. Hopefully that chapter will cover his entire career.
Ken Anderson sure was a great correspondent.