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Your Thoughts: Street Gang – The Complete History of Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    On December 26, the long-awaited book, "Street Gang – The Complete History of Sesame Street" by Michael Davis will be released nationwide. It is available as a hardcover book and also a CD set narrated by Caroll Spinney.

    This article includes info on the book, Michael Davis' book tour and a Q&A with Davis...


    Since most of us will be getting this release, we'd like to mention that if you order either the Street Gang Book or Street Gang CD Set narrated by Caroll Spinney from Amazon using the links above, a small portion of your order will go to Muppet Central to help keep the site, forum and radio running smoothly. It's a great way to help MC and get a great price on this new release with a low-price guarantee. We greatly appreciate each person that helps support MC by placing orders through the site.

    After you get your copy, please be sure to post your thoughts here.
  2. dietrich

    dietrich Well-Known Member

    I pre-ordered my copy weeks ago. Has anyone gotten their copy early? I'm really looking forward to reading it.
  3. Dr. Bombay

    Dr. Bombay Well-Known Member

    WOO-HOO! I got my copy of the book TONIGHT at Borders! And I'm so glad my cousin was shopping with me because I totally didn't see it.

    I've all ready started reading and I have to say it is captivating even in the prologue!

    Much thanks to Michael for taking on such a great project!:wisdom:
  4. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting for mine. It just started shipping yesterday I think.
  5. dietrich

    dietrich Well-Known Member

    Great news. Tell me does the book talk about rare sketches and characters?
  6. Dr. Bombay

    Dr. Bombay Well-Known Member

    I've only got through the Prologue and the first two chapters which mainly focus on Joan Ganz Cooney. It's VERY interesting, because you are placed right at the moment and place in time where the idea for SS first came up.
  7. Dshibshm

    Dshibshm Active Member

    Is it similar to Unpaved, like with all the old stuff from the show and the background secrets?
  8. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Since I got a giftcard for B&N as a Christmas gift from a friend of mine, I'm going to use it on this book.
  9. KerMatttheFrog

    KerMatttheFrog Active Member

    I clued my wife into it. So I wasn't surprised, but still very pleased at it being under the tree today!

    I am about three chapters in. Great stuff so far.
  10. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Since Friday is kind of an unusual release day for a book, i checked the bookstores yesterday figuring the 26th date was kind of a conservative date given how Christmas might mess up mail/deliveries - and sure enough i found it in the second bookstore i looked in.

    To answer a previous question, no, it is not like Sesame Unpaved - there's a book coming out later this next year which will be more like a 40th anniversary edition of Unpaved - more the coffee table style book loaded with both text, trivia, and pictures. Street Gang is an in-depth history woven together much like a historic novelization...there's some insert pages in the middle with some rare b&w photos, but it's not mostly a major telling of Sesame's history, development, backstage struggles and challenges, etc.

    Shy of 400 pages, this will take some time to go through but i love what i've read so far...i can honestly say this is the book a lot of us have been waiting for...while there is focus on a lot of major players and parts of the Sesame team not necessairily connected with the Muppets, there's also a level of in-depth stories, facts, and descriptions of what they're really like that is culled from over 200 interviews and lots of other keys-to-the-kingdom sources - you will read stuff in here that you probably would never find in an authorized Henson biography. The prologue focuses on Henson's memorial (and for those who have seen the tape of it in its entirety, you'll learn the rather surprising reason why Daryl Hannah had been in such a prime spot among Henson's closest associated) and a lot of stuff that was going through Joan Ganz Cooney's and others' minds as to how the loss of Henson as a firm advocate of not including the Sesame characters as part of the sale to Disney was going to make things very tough for them soon afterwards...we've heard some of the horror stories...there's those and more really shocking stuff there. So far i've read the prologue, did a little bit of skimming through to get a feel for the goodies i'm in for, read most of chapters 1-4, chapter 5 (Jim bio), chapter 7 (Spinney bio) and you'll learn a lot more about Spinney that what we got "Wisdom of Big Bird" about his early years, career, and influences. And this is all really just the beginning. The book doesn't shy away from what some might consider "dirt" but it's not there for tabloid type shock value but just part of the real unsanitized story of how things are and have been.

    I really don't want to give away a lot of surprises just yet...but trust me, there will be many!
  11. Dshibshm

    Dshibshm Active Member

    What book comes out later, and when? I heard that Unpaved made a 2002 reprint. Where is it?
  12. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    It's a book entitled "Sesame Street: A Celebration of Forty Years of Life on the Street", which is scheduled for release on Oct. 29, 2009. It's written by Louise Gikow and should be a little more in-depth than "Unpaved" was.

    Anyway, I purchased "Street Gang" earlier this morning, and I can honetsly say without a doubt that it is one of the best Non-Fictions that I have read in a long time. I would personally recommend this to any fan of Sesame Street, the Muppets, or children's television.
  13. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    I got to ask how far does the book go...I mean does it reach into Abby's territory of today ? :o
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    There's only a paragraph or two about her development.
  15. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    My copy of Street Gang was shipped day after Christmas, so I'm still waiting for it. I pre-ordered it months ago when I first heard about it from Amazon.com
  16. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    So it does reach into today's status quo on Sesame Street. :super:
  17. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I don't know. I just got it today and looked in the index for Abby cadabby.
  18. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    I think I read somewhere that when the book gets released in paperback there would be more on Abby Cadabby. I think that was on Muppet Newsflash.

  19. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    It was released around Caroll's Bday, Coincidence or not?
  20. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    Why do people care so much about Abby Cadabby?

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