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by Michael Davis

eBook Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street download ISBN: 0143116630
Author: Michael Davis
Publisher: Penguin Books (October 27, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 400
ePub: 1656 kb
Fb2: 1306 kb
Rating: 4.2
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The book details the awesome lengths that Sesame Street, undoubtedly the most workshopped and vetted program in the history of children’s television, went through to captivate its young audience.

Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and . Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created

Davis reveals how Sesame Street has taught millions of children not only . This is the closest we'll get to that.

Davis, Michael, 1952-. Sesame Street (Television program).

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Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street is a non-fiction book chronicling the history of the children's television program, Sesame Street.

The New York Times bestselling account of the story behind one of the most influential, durable, and beloved shows in the history of television: Sesame Street, moving to HBO this fall“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 Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world. Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.
Comments: (7)
It's neat when you read a behind-the-scenes story about a television show and it turns out not to be a "True Hollywood Story." At no point did I feel that Michael Davis was whitewashing or purifying the tale. It's a detailed, well-told story of people who liked each other and cooperated to put together a wonderful show. People's faults and foibles are mentioned (The songwriters was hypercompetitive, one of them was a notorious name dropper, Northern "David" Calloway had too many problems to list) but even then, you find that nobody on the show is truly disliked. The hypercompetitive behavior is somewhat justified because of the nature of the business, the name-dropper seemed to be doing it more out of a sense of joy than a need to impress, and Northern Calloway is spoken of with incredible reverence. Your heart breaks as his story unfolds because you take note of how, no matter how much he screwed up, and no matter how blatantly he put himself into a position where he HAD to be fired, everyone still deeply cared for him and hoped things would get better.

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.
A few weeks ago, I rented the documentary "The World According to Sesame Street". I had caught bits and pieces of the show on PBS every now and then, but never really saw the whole thing. Thoroughly enjoyed the video and it prompted me to visit Amazon to see if it was available for purchase and to check out what else was available on the subject. Didn't find the DVD, but I did find this book - "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street" so I ordered it instead. I also ordered the DVD set "Sesame Street - Old School, Vol. 1 (1969-1974)" to watch as a companion to the book. It was a great decision, many of the early first year videos discussed in the book are in the set, as well as the original sales pitch film.

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.
Got this as a gift for my girlfriend, who loves Jim Henson and the Muppets. She'd heard some of the stories before, but loved reading this and went through the whole volume in a day!
Great followup on the movie i got / or watch from Amazon. The movie was great but the book added some of the detail a movie just could not include.
Hard to read book, quite boring honestly. Simply talks about the history of Sesame Streets from the ground up.
What a fascinating story, this was as described and on time
I love it very good
Not only did I enjoy Sesame Street as a kid, I have had the pleasure of enjoying it with my own children and the children I have taught over the years. I think Mr. Davis did a very good job covering the history of the show. I bought this book out of curiosity and ended up really enjoying it! I must admit that I do like the older shows the best, but I think they all are very good at reaching little kids! I also loved the fact that Mr. Davis inscribed the book to my children.