NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGEFor 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
—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. Praise for Jim Henson
vibrantly delves into the magnificent man and his Muppet methods: It’s an absolute must-read!”—Neil Patrick Harris
“An exhaustive work that is never exhausting, a credit both to Jones’s brisk style and to Henson’s exceptional life.”—The New York Times
“[A] sweeping portrait that is a mix of humor, mirth and poignancy.”—Washington Independent Review of Books
“A meticulously researched tome chock-full of gems about the Muppets and the most thorough portrait of their creator ever crafted.”—Associated Press
“Jim 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. I thank Brian for giving Jim life again. This book has captured the spirit of Jim Henson.”—Frank Oz
Brian Jay Jones tells the story of how Henson turned a quaint art form into an entertainment empire.
view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Brian Jay Jones tells the story of how Henson turned a quaint art form into an entertainment empire. The New York Times sweeping portrait that is a mix of humor, mirth and poignancy.
For the musician, see Brian Jones. In September 2013, Jones published Jim Henson: The Biography, the first comprehensive biography of Muppet creator Jim Henson December 2016 saw the publication of George Lucas: A Life, a full-length, comprehensive biography of Star Wars creator George Lucas.
In his new biography, Brian Jay Jones tells the story of how Henson turned a quaint art form into an entertainment .
Jim Henson : the biography, Brian Jay Jones. On the Henson side, Jim could trace his pedigree back to colonial-era farmers in North Carolina whose descendants had slowly pushed west with the expanding American frontier, setting up farms and raising families in Kentucky and Kansas. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. eISBN: 978-0-345-52613-7. 1. Henson, Jim. 2. Puppeteers-United States-Biography. One of those descendants was Jim’s paternal grandfather, a sturdy Kansas farmer named Albert Gordon Henson, who, in 1889, had married Richmond Dolton’s levelheaded granddaughter, Effie Carrie Barnes.
Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. It was a biography that did not have any scandal, heart-break, but was just wholesome and welcoming. It had everything that made Sesame Street and the Muppets great. Though, I did want to know a lot more about the creative process and the creativity that went into most of Henson's work
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The 672-page hardcover was released on September 24, 2013 (Henson's 77th birthday) by Random House, Ballantine Books.
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Jim Henson, American puppeteer and filmmaker, creator of the Muppets of television and motion pictures. He coined the term ‘Muppets’ as a meld of ‘marionettes’ and ‘puppets. Learn more about Henson’s life and career. Henson, Jim: Kermit the FrogThe original Kermit the Frog (centre) puppet was among the Jim Henson creations donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2010. Mark Wilson-Getty Images/Thinkstock.
Автор: Jones Brian Jay Название: Jim Henson: The Biography Издательство: Random House (USA) . Praise for Jim Henson Illuminating.
Praise for Jim Henson Illuminating. As Jones expertly shows, Henson remained throughout his life an artist who was continuously in motion, conceiving, pitching, and managing multiple projects at once. The Atlantic Consistently surprises.