Michael Davis, Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street


If you are looking for an in-depth, artistic discussion of what is possibly the most iconic piece of children’s entertainment in the last 40 years, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a tell-all, Hollywood slander-fest, you are again in the wrong place. If you are looking for a factual account of the trials faced by the Children’s Television Workshop in bringing Sesame Street to the air, you are absolutely in the right place.

And with this being Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary, Street Gang is the perfect chance to get to know the people in your neighbourhood.

Since November 10, 1969, Sesame Street has made a remarkable name for itself educating and entertaining kids across the world. Make no mistake – despite the subject matter, this is not a book for kids. Street Gang relates the battles faced by Jim Henson and company to create the street called Sesame, including surviving an attempt by Nixon to cut off their funding.

Exhaustive research combined with multiple interviews with producers, animators and puppeteers make this a very informative read. And he maintains the educational aspects while keeping it comedic, much like the show he writes about. A must read for anyone who grew up on the show, this story is told with the support and cooperation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's co-founders. And it is brought to you by the letter “D.”

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