By Brian Jay Jones
For the 1st time ever--a entire biography of 1 of the 20 th century's so much cutting edge inventive artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson
He used to be a steady dreamer whose genial bearded visage used to be well-known worldwide, yet most folks received to grasp him basically during the iconic characters born of his fertile mind's eye: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, omit Piggy, monstrous poultry. The Muppets made Jim Henson a family identify, yet they have been simply a part of his impressive story.
This amazing biography--written with the beneficiant cooperation of the Henson family--covers the total arc of Henson's all-too-brief existence: from his early life in Leland, Mississippi, over the years of burgeoning status in the United States, to the last decade of overseas star that preceded his premature demise at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of hours of latest interviews with Henson's relatives, associates, and closest collaborators, in addition to extraordinary entry to non-public family members and corporate documents, Brian Jay Jones explores the production of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame highway and Saturday evening dwell, and his approximately ten-year crusade to convey The Muppet exhibit to tv. Jones presents the innovative context for Henson's non-Muppet tasks, together with the richly imagined worlds of The darkish Crystal and Labyrinth--as good as interesting misfires like Henson's dream of establishing an inflatable psychedelic nightclub.
An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all of the points of this American unique: the grasp craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on tv, the savvy businessman whose dealmaking prowess received him a name as "the new Walt Disney," and the inventive staff chief whose collaborative ethos earned him the timeless loyalty of every person who labored for him. right here is also perception into Henson's intensely deepest own lifestyles: his Christian technology upbringing, his love of quickly vehicles and costly artwork, and his weak point for ladies. even though an optimist by way of nature, Henson was once haunted through the inspiration that he shouldn't have time to do everything he desired to do in life--a worry that his heartbreaking ultimate hours might end up all too good founded.
An up-close examine the charmed lifetime of a legend, Jim Henson provides the complete degree to a guy whose pleased genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture--and keeps to beguile audiences world wide.