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Jim Henson

The Biography
Jones, Brian Jay (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Jim Henson


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"For the first time ever-- a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson. He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This extraordinary biography--written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family--covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi; through the years of burgeoning fame in Washington D.C., New York, and London; to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives (including never-before-seen interviews, business documents, and Henson's private letters), Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. "--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Jones, Brian Jay
Title: Jim Henson
the biography
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 585 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm
Contents: Blue sky, 1973
The Delta, 1936-1949
A means to an end, 1949-1955
Sam and Friends, 1955-1957
Muppets, Inc., 1957-1962
A crazy little band, 1962-1969
Sesame Street, 1969-1970
Big ideas, 1970-1973
The mucking Fuppets, 1973-1975
Muppetmania, 1975-1977
Life's like a movie, 1977-1979
The world in his head, 1979-1982
Twists and turns, 1982-1986
Storyteller, 1986-1987
A kind of craziness, 1987-1989
So much on a handshake, 1989-1990
Just one person, 1990
Legacy
Summary: "For the first time ever-- a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson. He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This extraordinary biography--written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family--covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi; through the years of burgeoning fame in Washington D.C., New York, and London; to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives (including never-before-seen interviews, business documents, and Henson's private letters), Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. "--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780345526113
0345526112
9780345526137
Branch Call Number: 921 Henso
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  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kermit the Frog and company are such confirmed icons of popular culture that it's difficult to imagine the world without them. And many who love and adore the Muppets aren't even aware of their modest beginnings on a local Washington, D.C. television program in the 1950's called Sam and Friends. It was this lucky intersection of Jim Henson, puppetry and early TV that was the key to the international success that would follow. This was the difference between the Muppets becoming timeless characters versus being forgotten as onetime wonders. With Jim at the helm they would go from local TV, to commercials, to a regular TV series, to eventually starring in their own franchise of movies. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones is as much the Muppet's story as it is Jim's. You'll see values from his own Normal Rockwell-esque upbringing that would naturally be passed on to his work and in those who worked for him. And he wasn't always the kind man he's often portrayed as either, but it's complexities like these that makes his story all that more interesting to read.

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