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Your Thoughts: "Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Fans have been waiting more than 20 years for the first biography on Jim Henson's life with full participation and support from Jim Henson’s family and creative partners. He's one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson.

    Read the wonderful prologue for "Jim Henson: The Biography" and let us know your thoughts.

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    If you've ordered or read "Jim Henson: The Biography" please like this post and share your thoughts below.
  2. Muppetto

    Muppetto Active Member

    I'm really excited to read the bio! My sister works at this library in New York City and asked me to help put the word out for this upcoming book signing with Brian Jay Jones in a few weeks. I would love to be there, but live several states away, so if you live in or near the city, please be sure to attend this event!

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  3. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I'm excited I'll be picking one up tomorrow.
  4. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Just picked one up, and I'm currently in the second chapter. Brian Jones really goes deep into the story with some really deep backstories on the Henson Family dating back to the 1880s!

    So far, so good! :)
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  5. CanaceErinn

    CanaceErinn Active Member

    I've got it on reserve at my local library. Just waiting for it to go through processing.
  6. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I like how Brian Jay Jones knows his stuff. In past books about Jim, people would have described characters such as Big V, a "long nosed monster" but Brian actually puts the names of the Muppets. He mentioned Mushmellon for frog's sake! :)
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  7. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Also, has anyone noticed that NONE of The Muppet Show Muppets appeared in the trailer? Probably because of the Disney copyrights stuff. I hope they are talked about in the book. :concern:
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  8. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    I hope so too
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  9. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    I'm half way done with it. Really good so far, although it's mostly information we've heard snippets of over the years. Jones doesn't analyze Henson much, he leaves that up to us. Really satisfied so far.
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  10. LinkLady77

    LinkLady77 Well-Known Member

    I'm curious if the book has any rare photos in it, that's always a plus for me!
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  11. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    It has a lot of photos from Jim's early childhood midway into the book.
  12. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Apart from what CaseytheMuppet mentioned, most of the photos have been in other books, save for some really candid shots taken by Henson's first post-Jane lover.
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  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Well I got to read some of it in the book store today. I have to admit one particular story nearly made me cry and I don't mean that flipantly. It's just all very enlightening concerning Jim's relationship with the performers, especially Richard Hunt. Jim had a challenge in balancing friendship with running a business.
  14. FloydPepper77

    FloydPepper77 Active Member

    Really great so far...love the depth Jones goes into while discussing Jim's family history...also learning about the development of Jim and Jane's relationship....currently in chapter 5...really great stuff.
    The audio book is fantastic as well...great to listen to while driving!
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  15. MJTaylor

    MJTaylor Well-Known Member

    I just read the prologue and had to smile when reading about how Joey kept saying "Cookie Monster" when singing the alphabet. I can hardly wait to read the entire book.
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  16. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I really hope that we get a movie from this book.
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

  18. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Finished it. The ending goes into excruciating detail regarding Henson's death... I felt sick reading on the subway. Really strong writing, terribly, terribly sad.
  19. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    The reviews and praises are just so exciting. Unfortunately I'll have to wait at least three months since I am going to ask for this as a Christmas present. So until then, I don't want to read any text from the book, that way I'll be surprised at some of the things that Mr. Jones has written. I did skim through a few of the photographs at B&N however, but most of them are pretty common for us diehard fans anyway. Congratulations Brian Jay Jones on a job well done and thank for making Jim's story come to life.

  20. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Earlier this week (on Tuesday), since I had 2 hours to kill in between my classes, I went to Barnes and Noble, and sure enough I found it with the other new books just a few seconds after I got into the store. I skimmed through it, and I must say that I enjoyed everything I saw (I didn't have time to read the whole book), and I'm going to request it as a Christmas present from one of my parents or one of my relatives.

    That would be awesome!

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