Jim Henson

The Biography
Jones, Brian Jay (Book - 2013)
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Jim Henson
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A comprehensive biography of the life and accomplishments of the famous puppeteer and creator of the Muppets.
Authors: Jones, Brian Jay
Title: Jim Henson
the biography
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xiv, 585 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brian Jay Jones
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, 196901970
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
Summary: A comprehensive biography of the life and accomplishments of the famous puppeteer and creator of the Muppets.
ISBN: 0345526112
Branch Call Number: 791. 430233 H5268j 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [497]-557) and index
Subject Headings: Sesame Street (Television program) Muppet show (Television program) Television producers and directors United States Biography Puppeteers United States Biography Henson, Jim
Topical Term: Television producers and directors
LCCN: 2013024039
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2014 Plutarch Award for Best Biography - Finalist

Apr 30, 2014
  • amykduffy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jim Henson was inspirational because of his boundless creative energy but even more so for his eternal optimism. He created so many iconic characters that have brightened the lives of kids of all ages. But he is one of my heroes because he was a quiet, kind person who still managed to build a business empire and lead a huge team of like-minded individuals. This book will make you want to accomplish and create great things.

Apr 24, 2014
  • Kmoellering rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As someone who was not old enough to remember the majority of his work, I found this book very interesting. I quite often found myself looking up the old videos of the coffee commercials where he got his start in puppetry and Rowlfe on the Jimmy Dean show.

This is a very thorough biography, and as such, is quite a long book. There were times when I felt it was a little long winded, but over all a great book. By then end it had in tears over his passing, because I felt like I knew him!

Growing up (and still today) absolutely loving the Muppets, this was a must read for me!

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jim Henson: The Biography approaches the man through his work. This makes sense since, as he was the artist who redefined puppetry, Henson created and entertained almost non-stop for four decades.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/jim_henson_jones

Dec 13, 2013
  • 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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