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Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Michael Davis

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Member:micketymoc
Title:Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Authors:Michael Davis
Info:Viking Adult (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:nonfiction, history, television

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Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (2008)

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    Sesame Street Unpaved: Scripts, Stories, Secrets, and Songs by David Borgenicht (lorax)
    lorax: "Unpaved" is an extensively illustrated coffee-table history of Sesame Street, with pictures and tidbits rather than the extensive biographies of every participant that made "Street Gang" such a slow read for many. A much better nostalgia fix.
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    Live from New York by Tom Shales (Othemts)
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    Jim Henson: The Works - The Art, the Magic, the Imagination by Christopher Finch (punkypower)
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3.25 stars

This is pretty much what the subtitle says: a history of Sesame Street. The first half of the book was getting Sesame Street to air. Much of the book also included mini-biographies of many of the Sesame Street “players”, including behind the scenes people, puppeteers, and on-screen actors.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for more fun behind-the-scenes stuff, but there was a lot of business history...a lot of business. I don't mind biographies, and some were more interesting than others, but the best of the book, for me, was after Sesame Street started airing and there was more behind-the-scenes info. It makes me want to see if I can find some of the episodes online. I particularly enjoyed the description of the episode that aired after Mr. Hooper's death and how it was explained to Big Bird. ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 2, 2016 |
The first chapter is one of the saddest things- Jim Henson's death made a big impression on me as a child. He was the first person I can remember dying and the footage of Big Bird singing "It's Not Easy Being Green" at his funeral was heartbreaking. This book is fascinating for anyone who loved him or his work. That being said, the business speak can get a little tedious at times. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
This book was not was I was expecting. This book is about the people behind Sesame Street, everyone from the creators and producers to the actors and puppeteers. This book doesn't pull any punches. They talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in each person's life. It was well written and very engaging. Even though the book wasn't what I was looking for, it was interesting enough for me to continue reading and enjoy it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book was not was I was expecting. This book is about the people behind Sesame Street, everyone from the creators and producers to the actors and puppeteers. This book doesn't pull any punches. They talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in each person's life. It was well written and very engaging. Even though the book wasn't what I was looking for, it was interesting enough for me to continue reading and enjoy it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book was not was I was expecting. This book is about the people behind Sesame Street, everyone from the creators and producers to the actors and puppeteers. This book doesn't pull any punches. They talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in each person's life. It was well written and very engaging. Even though the book wasn't what I was looking for, it was interesting enough for me to continue reading and enjoy it. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670019968, Hardcover)

In advance of the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, comes Street Gang, Michael Davis's compelling--and often comical--story of the creation and history of the media masterpiece and pop culture landmark, told with the cooperation of one of the show's co-founders, Joan Ganz Cooney. Sesame Street was born as a result of a discussion at Cooney's home about the poor quality of children's programming, and hit the air as a big bang of creative fusion from Jim Henson and company, quickly rocketing to success. Street Gang, traces the evolution of the show from its inspiration in the civil rights movement through its many ups and downs--from Nixon trying to cut off its funding to the rise of Elmo--via the remarkable personalities who have contributed to it, and reveals how it has taught millions of children not only their letters and numbers, but cooperation and fair play, tolerance and self-respect, conflict resolution, and the importance of listening. This is the unforgettable story of five decades of social and cultural change, and the miraculous creative efforts, passion and commitment of writers, producers, directors, animators and puppeteers who have created one of the most influential shows in the history of television.

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The story of one of the most important and beloved shows on television, how it got started, nearly failed, and was saved by Elmo. This is the unforgettable story of five decades of social and cultural change and the miraculous creative efforts, passion, and commitment of the writers, producers, directors, animators, and puppeteers who created one of the most influential programs in the history of television.… (more)

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