- Gebundene Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking Adult (26. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0670019968
- ISBN-13: 978-0670019960
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 18 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 3,3 x 24,2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 617.075 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. Dezember 2008
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“Davis spins an evocative, insidery tale out of the wildly creative personalities and political ups and downs of the cozily delivered show.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street as parent or child—or both—will love the detail and exuberance of this book.”
“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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Michael Davis was a senior editor and family television columnist for TV Guide from 1998 to 2007. A Neiman Fellow, he has also worked for The Baltimore Sun and Chicago Sun-Times.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
If you've every enjoyed an episode of Sesame Street and wondered how the show got to where it is, this book will fill you in on the behind-the-scenes decisions and conflicts that led to what you enjoyed. As such, this book is more of a thumbnail view of the key players in Sesame Street along with brief descriptions of critical decisions than it is "The Complete History of Sesame Street" as the subtitle claims.
The story is a little different from the impression I had. In the early days, Sesame Street was so high profile that virtually every aspect of its origins and development was front page news in our community. Over time, Sesame Street grew to resemble more of an iceberg where the bulk of what was going on was submerged beneath the output of the many hundreds of episodes.
In Street Gang, former TV Guide editor and columnist (and Nieman fellow) Michael Davis wisely concentrates on the events between the fateful conversation between Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett and the untimely death of beloved genius Jim Henson. You'll get more of the events after Henson's death, but everything is much telescoped. If you don't know what Elmo's World is, this book won't advance your knowledge very much.
Michael Davis shows the warts . . . on the people . . . and there were plenty. But he does so in a respectful and balanced way.
If you are like I was, you don't realize that the creative people who brought Sesame Street to life often had serious illnesses, untimely deaths, and troubled personal lives. Although the book doesn't say it, my impression is that creating this show was difficult and took a high price from the talented originators.
I loved the little stories that were fully developed in the book such as how the letters and numbers came to be presented as advertisements, the show that explained Mr. Hooper's death, how the show was cast at different times, and the processes involved in making changes. I wish that the book could have been 600 pages longer and included more of those stories. But as they say in show business, "Leave them wanting more." Perhaps Mr. Davis will write a related book that focuses more on the show.
Students of management should study this book for how to turn academic theory about achieving social purposes into practical reality. The truth is that Sesame Street worked, while many academically based well-intentioned experiments did not.
There's also a model here for how television, the Internet, and whatever the next media channel is could become far more valuable to society. I hope that point won't be lost in our loving nostalgia for this remarkable show, incredible organization, and great accomplishment.
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As an unexpected bonus, the book includes some mini-histories of children's shows that preceded "Sesame Street." This may seem extraneous at first, but you come to appreciate the way the author is setting the scene. Many TV shows were assembled by people who looked at children as little cash machines ("Howdy Doody") and others had noble purposes but still managed to be corrupted somehow ("Ding Dong School"). It helps you appreciate what a miracle "Sesame Street" was when it finally arrived.
I had just turned nine when the show started, but I remember watching it with my sister who was four at the time. I thought the show was great, the animations especially - but I liked the Muppets most of all. Later the "Muppet Show" was one of my favorite shows of all times (I have all three DVD sets).
The book is a great read. I spent nearly every free minute I had this week reading it and just finished late last night. It covers the history perfectly IMO. I noticed there are a few reviews that drop a star or two because they thought it wasn't in-depth enough. I'm sure that there could have been more information included, but given that the book is 384 pages and covers a cast of people who's body of work spans more than 40 years - I'd say that there was more than enough covered for this one book. Hopefully someone will one day write a book solely on Jim Henson - it would be something I most certainly would buy.
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