Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0670019960
ISBN-10: 0670019968
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Superman started out in the comics, but the ink was barely dry on the pulp pages before the Man of Steel moved on to the movies (first in spiffy cartoons, then in low-rent serials), a TV show, and, eventually, film blockbusters, some of them good, some awful. In any event, the iconic Kryptonian was a consistent moneymaker. Rossen is comprehensive on the ups and downs of the Man of Steel’s cinematic career, supplying plenty of juicy detail and signally noting that DC Comics kept creative control—and profits—away from Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Supe’s creators, and treated the Fleischer brothers, who produced the sublime early Superman cartoons, as or even more shabbily. Wonder if the movie Hollywoodland got the story of 1950s TV Superman George Reeves right? Rossen dishes the dirt on Reeves’ tragic end and—a rarity in Hollywood scandal reportage—does it with attribution! As Rossen notes, the story he tells is as much a cautionary tale of Hollywood excess as it is a history of a modern mythological figure. Essential for pop-culture collections. --Mike Tribby

Review

“Davis spins an evocative, insidery tale out of the wildly creative personalities and political ups and downs of the cozily delivered show.”
—Washington Post
 
“Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book. . . . Finally, we get to touch Big Bird’s feathers.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Davis writes that when the show débuted, in 1969, the goal of its creators was nothing short of righting ‘the inequities in our society’ through the education of lower-class preschoolers. Such populist choices as an urban setting, a multiracial cast, and a catchy brand of ‘edutainment’ reflected both the mood of the era (it should ‘jump and move fast and feel and sound like 1969,’ a producer said) and painstaking research: a series of seminars held in the summer of 1968 was attended by developmental psychologists, television-industry insiders, and children’s authors and entertainers (Maurice Sendak endured boring sessions by making X-rated doodles; Jim Henson’s sandals and beard sparked fears that he was a Weatherman).”
—The New Yorker
 
“It was a pleasure to spend some time back were everything’s A-OK.”
—Los Angeles Times
 
Street Gang is informative, heartbreaking, hilarious, and often eye-opening, even for the most Sesame Street-wise . . . Davis is a sensitive and subtly brilliant writer who conveys the soul of the program that has earned more Emmys than any other in history while managing to stay true to its founders’ idealistic vision: ‘All children deserve a chance to learn and grow. To be prepared for school. To better understand the world and each other. To think, dream and discover. To reach their highest potential.’”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Davis shows just how revolutionary [Sesame Street] was, from its tackling of taboo themes like death to its diverse cast and gritty urban setting. Boasting a panel of academic advisers, it was the first show to successfully teach kids letters and numbers in a way that was hip and raucous. Davis delves into the lives of the colorful folk who made it all happen, including Children's Television Workshop cofounder Joan Ganz Cooney and Muppets creator Jim Henson. . . . Davis's chronicle is as joyfully compelling as Sesame Street itself.”
People
 
“Davis writes with such vivid details that one can almost see the brownstone houses and the furry, feathery, fresh-faced Muppets.”
—The Baltimore Sun
 
“A fascinating page-turner chock full of juicy revelations.”
—Atlanta Journal Constitution
 
“Davis culls insights from the show’s creators and cast to serve up this painstakingly detailed history of television’s most famous address.”
—Time.com
 
“The author’s swift narrative—the product of hundreds of interviews—is essentially a Dumpster dive into Oscar’s trash can of cast stories. . . . A sensitive, honest account that could jog fond memories even from the amnesiac Street denizen Forgetful Jones.”
Time Out New York
 
“Well-researched details and an unflinching eye make Davis’s book continuously fascinating.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street as parent or child—or both—will love the detail and exuberance of this book.”
—Booklist

“What I appreciate about Michael Davis’s new book on Sesame Street is the depth of his research and how he spotlights those people who deserve to have more light shed upon them for their great contributions to the show. And what’s refreshing is how he does not run away from conflicts that sometimes occurred behind the scenes, which were part of the creative energy of the show. He has really captured the spirit of how Sesame Street came to be. A wonderful book.”
—Frank Oz, film director and original performer of Bert, Cookie Monster, and Grover

“This marvelous book reads like a novel and reminds us why and how Sesame Street came to be the national treasure it is . . . for all of America’s children, even the ones my age.”
—Linda Ellerbee, producer, Nick News and co-host of NBC News Overnight

Product details

  • File Size: 1235 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (December 24, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0ML6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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