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Street Gang by Michael  Davis
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Mar 22, 09

Recommended to Dan by: Heidi Cullinan
Recommended for: Fans of Sesame Street, people interested in late 20th century pop culture
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

There are some very valid criticisms of this book in the other reviews listed on this site. Yes, it is a bit misnamed because rather than being a Complete History of Sesame Street, it is more of a Complete History of the key players behind the making of Sesame Street. The first half of the book contains nearly every excruciating detail of anyone that was even remotely involved in the making of the show.

However, if you persevere through all this, the last half of the book has tremendous payoff. Once Sesame Street actually gets on the air (at about the midpoint of the book) the prose picks up and the book is a tremendously engaging read. As the 70s turn into the 80s and 90s, the prepping that Davis did in the first half of the book makes sense as to completely appreciate those who created Sesame Street requires understanding their origins.

A book that would give people a complete history of Sesame Street would be mammoth in both scope and size. This is the closest we'll get to that. And I, for one, am glad that Davis wrote this book and paid as close attention to detail as he did.
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cubbie it's funny because i'm planning to give the book a 4 star review, too, but for basically the exact opposite reason as you. i loved the excruciating interviews and histories and stuff at the beginning, but then at i think the point where for you it picks up, it lost my interest.

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