Street Gang

Street Gang

The Complete History of Sesame Street

By Michael Davis

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143116639, 379pp.

Publication Date: October 2009

"The New York Times" bestselling account of the story behind one of the most influential, durable, and beloved shows in the history of television: "Sesame Street," moving to HBO this fall
Davis tracks down every "Sesame" anecdote and every "Sesame" personality in his book . . . Finally, we get to touch Big Bird's feathers. "The New York Times Book Review"
"Sesame Street" is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world.
"Street Gang" is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.

About the Author
Michael Davis earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Montana, and is currently completing his PhD in English/Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. His stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. A William Saroyan Fellow and former fiction editor of the journal CutBank, Davis's story "Gravity" won the 2008 George Garrett Fiction Award from Eastern Washington University. "The Man in Africa" was voted one of the Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2007.

Praise For Street Gang

“Davis spins an evocative, insidery tale out of the wildly creative personalities and political ups and downs of the cozily delivered show.”—Washington Post

“Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book…Finally, we get to touch Big Bird’s feathers.”—James Panero, New York Times Book Review

“Davis culls insights from the show’s creators and cast to serve up this painstakingly detailed history of television’s most famous address.”—

“The author’s swift narrative—the product of hundreds of interviews—is essentially a Dumpster dive into Oscar’s trash can of cast stories…a sensitive, honest account that could jog fond memories even from the amnesiac Street denizen Forgetful Jones.”—Drew Toal, Time Out New York

“Well-researched details and an unflinching eye make Davis’s book continuously fascinating.”—Publishers Weekly

“Anyone who has ever seen Sesame Street as parent or child – or both – will love the detail and exuberance of this book.”—Booklist

“[Michael] Davis’s chronicle is as joyfully compelling as Sesame Street itself.”—People Magazine, Caroline Leavitt

“Davis is a sensitive and subtly brilliant writer who conveys the soul of the program that has earned more Emmys than any other in history while managing to stay true to its founders' idealistic vision: ‘All children deserve a chance to learn and grow. To be prepared for school. To better understand the world and each other. To think, dream and discover. To reach their highest potential.’”—The Philadelphia Inquirer, Judith Fitzgerald