Street Gang by Michael Davis audiobook

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

By Michael Davis
Read by Caroll Spinney

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Sesame Street is thelongest-running—and arguably most beloved—children’s television program evercreated. Today it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the UnitedStates and countless others in 140 countries around the world. StreetGang is Michael Davis’ compelling—and often comical—story of the creationand history of this media masterpiece and pop culture landmark, told with the cooperationof one of the show’s cofounders, Joan Ganz Cooney. Sesame Street was born asa result of a discussion at Cooney’s home about the poor quality of children’sprogramming, and it hit the air as a big bang of creative fusion from JimHenson and company, quickly rocketing to success. Street Gang tracesthe evolution of the show from its inspiration in the civil rights movementthrough its many ups and downs—from Nixon trying to cut off its funding to therise of Elmo—via the remarkable personalities who have contributed to it, andreveals how it has taught millions of children not only their letters andnumbers but cooperation and fair play, tolerance and self-respect, conflictresolution, and the importance of listening. This is theunforgettable story of five decades of social and cultural change and themiraculous creative efforts, passion, and commitment of writers, producers,directors, animators, and puppeteers who have created one of the mostinfluential shows in the history of television.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Sesame Street is thelongest-running—and arguably most beloved—children’s television program evercreated. Today it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the UnitedStates and countless others in 140 countries around the world. StreetGang is Michael Davis’ compelling—and often comical—story of the creationand history of this media masterpiece and pop culture landmark, told with the cooperationof one of the show’s cofounders, Joan Ganz Cooney.

Sesame Street was born asa result of a discussion at Cooney’s home about the poor quality of children’sprogramming, and it hit the air as a big bang of creative fusion from JimHenson and company, quickly rocketing to success. Street Gang tracesthe evolution of the show from its inspiration in the civil rights movementthrough its many ups and downs—from Nixon trying to cut off its funding to therise of Elmo—via the remarkable personalities who have contributed to it, andreveals how it has taught millions of children not only their letters andnumbers but cooperation and fair play, tolerance and self-respect, conflictresolution, and the importance of listening.

This is theunforgettable story of five decades of social and cultural change and themiraculous creative efforts, passion, and commitment of writers, producers,directors, animators, and puppeteers who have created one of the mostinfluential shows in the history of television.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What I appreciate about Michael Davis’ 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, voice of Yoda, and original performer of Bert, Cookie Monster, and Grover
“Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street, as parent or child—or both—will love the detail and exuberance of this book.” Booklist (starred review)
“A treat of nostalgia and insight. Puppeteer Caroll Spinney presents Michael Davis’ behind-the-scenes account of this iconic children’s program in a comfortable, almost conversational, manner. He navigates the rich detail of the text with clarity and employs a brisk pace that keeps the listener involved.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Davis

Author Bio: Michael Davis

Michael Davis was a senior editor and family television columnist for TV Guide from 1998–2007. A Neiman fellow, he has also worked for the Baltimore Sun and Chicago Sun-Times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Runtime: 8.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English