- Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
- Verlag: Virgin Books (26. September 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 075355514X
- ISBN-13: 978-0753555149
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 3,2 x 23,4 cm
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Jim Henson: The Biography (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. September 2013
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"Illuminating . . . As Jones expertly shows, Henson remained throughout his life an artist who was continuously in motion, conceiving, pitching, and managing multiple projects at once."--"The Atlantic" "Consistently surprises . . . Highly readable and never long-winded (even at nearly 600 pages), "Jim Henson" joyously documents its subject's knack for combining old-fashioned puppetry with the world's newest entertainment medium to forge a kind of furry, felt-covered vaudeville."--"The Wall Street Journal" "This is a biography that earns the label "definitive.""--"The Dallas Morning News" "In his new biography, Brian Jay Jones tells the story of how Henson turned a quaint art form into an entertainment empire. . . . The result is an exhaustive work that is never exhausting, a credit both to Jones's brisk style and to Henson's exceptional life."--"The New York Times" "An insightful look at the gentle artist.""--Parade "" ""If ever you had a single question about the felt magic Jim Henson managed to create, chances are Brian Jay Jones' sweeping new biography of the puppeteer will answer it. . . . Jones offers a meticulously researched tome chock-full of gems about the Muppets and the most thorough portrait of their creator ever crafted. . . . It is a better world with the Muppets. And we are better off with this careful account of their master."--Associated Press "Compulsively readable . . . evocative . . . Much has been written about Henson--during his life and after--but nothing with the same sense of authority and access as "Jim Henson: The Biography.""--"The A.V. Club" "There are so many enjoyable aspects to this book that it's hard to know where to start. . . . "Jim Henson: The Biography" is a fantastic story of a brilliant life cut short, but it can also be read as a blueprint for following your bliss."--"BookPage"" ""Brian Jay Jones draws upon new interviews with family and friends, reams of archivale
The most comprehensive biography ever written of Muppets creator Jim Henson, compiled with unprecedented access to his personal archives and with the full cooperation of the Henson familyAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Jim's life story seems like something you'd be able to guess without doing much research. He was a kid who was fascinated by puppets, probably made his own, and decided to pursue fame and fortune as the world's greatest puppeteer, right? Wrong. He actually wanted to work for advertising agencies when he grew up. He became a puppeteer because when he came of age and went hunting for his first job, it was the only job opening he could find. And for years afterward, even after his characters became variety show and talk show mainstays in high demand for TV commercials, Jim repeatedly insisted that it was just a temporary stop on the way to what he really wanted to do with his life. It was a perspective-altering vacation in Europe (where puppetry is taken VERY seriously and regarded as art) that Jim came to realize that the work he was already doing was something of value, and worth pursuing.
The book is very willing to discuss flaws, personal and professional. On a personal level, Jim had a strangely emotionless way about him. We learn of "arguments" he had with his wife where Jim registered no reaction and walked away without firing anything back.
Professionally speaking, we learn of Jim's tendency as the years went by to fall in love with technology and build projects around it without putting enough thought into actual substance. Numerous members of Henson's staff, who otherwise spend the text speaking of him in glowing terms, bluntly admit that they strongly disliked "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth," blaming the problems with both productions on Jim's preoccupation with new technology developed for the films.
The book leaves out nothing and no one. By the time this is over, you'll feel like you knew Jim Henson, and you'll feel like you were awfully fond of him. And he probably would have been fond of you, too.
It's a really well written and researched book on Jim Henson's work and it was a joy to read. It will make you laugh and cry. Kudos to Brian Jay Jones!
This audiobook is the perfect marriage of a good author and a great narrator. I highly recommend the audio version of this book for anyone who has ever (or who will ever) enjoy the comic antics of the Muppets and their talented creator.
He was, while not a saint, a very wonderful man in every respect... and it was heartening to find that his creatures are a strong reflect ton of his fabulous talent, and more importantly, his humanity.
The end will bring tears to your eyes...!
Do not miss this book if you like Muppets characters and exceptional human beings who have made a real difference on societies for centuries to come.