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Jim Henson: The Biography - Brian Jay Jones
Jim Henson: The Biography
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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... show more
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 born of his fertile imagination: 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 America, 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, 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. Jones provides the imaginative context for Henson’s non-Muppet projects, including the richly imagined worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth—as well as fascinating misfires like Henson’s dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub.   An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all the facets of this American original: the master craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on television, the savvy businessman whose dealmaking prowess won him a reputation as “the new Walt Disney,” and the creative team leader whose collaborative ethos earned him the undying loyalty of everyone who worked for him. Here also is insight into Henson’s intensely private personal life: his Christian Science upbringing, his love of fast cars and expensive art, and his weakness for women. Though an optimist by nature, Henson was haunted by the notion that he would not have time to do all the things he wanted to do in life—a fear that his heartbreaking final hours would prove all too well founded.   An up-close look at the charmed life of a legend, Jim Henson gives the full measure to a man whose joyful genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture—and continues to beguile audiences worldwide.   Advance praise for Jim Henson  “I’m a rabid Jim Henson fan—his brilliant ideas spawned shows that entertained and educated millions, myself included. Jim Henson vibrantly delves into the magnificent man and his Muppet methods. It’s an absolute must read!”—Neil Patrick Harris   “[Brian Jay Jones’s] lucid style, wide-angle perspective, and deep immersion in Henson’s exuberantly innovative approach to puppets, television, and film make for a thoroughly compelling read. . . . With verve and insight, Jones illuminates the full scope of Henson’s genius, phenomenal productivity, complex private life, zeal to do good, and astronomical influence.”—Booklist (starred review)   “I worked with Jim for more than thirty years. He was one of my closest friends. And yet I found out things about him in Jim Henson that were new to me. Brian Jay Jones has captured the layers of Jim’s genius and humanity, as well as the flaws that made Jim, like all of us, so delightfully imperfect. Jim needed this book to be written. I thank Brian for giving Jim life again. This book has captured the spirit of Jim Henson.”—Frank Oz
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345526113 (0345526112)
ASIN: 0345526112
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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Merry Meerkat Marginalia
Merry Meerkat Marginalia rated it
5.0 Jim Henson: The Biography
5 Stars, Buy it Gift, for Kindle I rarely cry reading books, especially biographies or memoirs. This one did it to me though. Honestly, a good portion of the book got really boring and bogged down in details. Especially when going on and on and on about the Dark Crystal and the Labrynth. Also, ...
silverneurotic rated it
Like many other people my age, I grew up with The Muppets. I spent a good part of my young childhood watching Sesame Street and so many other Muppet related shows and movies. I have so many fond memories of all those terrific shows and movies that came from the genius of Jim Henson. But like all but...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
5.0 Jim Henson: The Biography
My children grew up watching Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock. Call the parent police if you must, but occasionally those shows were wonderful “babysitters” allowing me to get chores done and meals prepared. We once took my daughters to a presentation of a behind the scenes look at ...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
4.0 Book Review: Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
If you're going to read this book, you need to be prepared to cry for about an hour at the end.I listened to it on audiobook, which meant I cried through the last hour or so, while I was doing the dishes.Just so you're prepared, Jim Henson dies at the end.The book leading up to that point is mostly ...
mrmapcase rated it
5.0 Jim Henson: The Biography
Backstage at the Muppet Theater, Fozzie is reading a book. “Hey Kermit, can you come here for a second?” “Sure. Hey you’ve got the new Jim Henson biography, how is it.” Oh it’s great, but it says there are pictures, but it’s all blank.” “Well this is what an advance uncorrected proof, they put the p...
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