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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Davis Narrator: Caroll Spinney Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the first episode aired on Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street revolutionized the way education was presented to children on television. It has since become the longest-running children's show in history, and today reaches 8 million pre-schoolers on 350 PBS stations and airs in 120 countries.

Street Gang is the compelling and often comical story of the creation and history of this media masterpiece and pop culture landmark, told with the cooperation of one of the show's co-founders, Joan Ganz Cooney. Sesame Street was born as the result of a discussion at a dinner party at Conney's home about poor children's programming and hit the air as a big bang of creative fushion from Jim Henson and company, quickly rocketing to success.

This audio is narrated by Caroll Spinney, the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is the winner of four Emmy Awards and two Grammys, and has received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Library of Congress's Living Legend award for his work on Sesame Street. In 2006, Spinney was honored with the National Academy of Telelvsion Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathyred | 1/20/2014

    " Totally cool. I've been waiting for this book for years. I was a bit too old for Sesame Street when it came out, but watched it on occasion w/ my younger siblings. Then I watched it again w/ my kids, and wanted to know more about the back story. I finally found out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 1/17/2014

    " I loved learning the back story of how Sesame came to be. It's a show that I took for granted but after reading this I can now appreciate the incredible odds that its creators overcame to get it funded and aired. The book however is really tedious. There are so many people discussed and then randomly referred to throughout that it's hard to keep everyone straight. Some back stories seem really irrelevant to the story at hand. Also other threads gets started or hinted at but then never followed up on. I think overall worth the effort but be prepared for a lot of details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tamera | 1/16/2014

    " Learned a few interesting things about the goings on behind the veil, but a lot of this was oh so dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed learning about the start of CTW and what inspired/informed Sesame Street. I thought the book was SO SLOW at the beginning but really picked up when the book explored how CTW came to be and how the first shows were designed. "

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About the Author

Michael Davis was a senior editor and family television columnist for TV Guide from 1998–2007. A Neiman fellow, he has also worked for the Baltimore Sun and Chicago Sun-Times.