Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

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Simon & Schuster
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
David Kamp is an author, journalist, humorist, lyricist, and a charter member of the Sesame Street--viewing audience. A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair, he has profiled such cultural icons as Johnny Cash, Sly Stone, Lucian Freud, Bruce Springsteen, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Among his books are the national bestseller The United States of Arugula, a chronicle of America's foodways. His first musical as a lyricist, Kiss My Aztec!, a collaboration with John Leguizamo, had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2019. He began his career at Spy, the legendary satirical monthly. He lives with his family in New York City and rural Connecticut.
"Sunny Days is a splendid, clever, inspiring, and strangely suspenseful history of the revolution in children's television that was Sesame Street. For those of us who grew up with the show, it was as natural and essential as oxygen, but Kamp's detailed reporting reveals that its existence was anything but assured -- in fact, it was a miracle. This book, just like its subject, is a tonic and an education, and casts a bright light of hope during these dark times."--ELIZABETH GILBERT, #1 New York Times bestseller author

"With Sunny Days, David Kamp captures the pivotal moment when children's television grew up. It could teach numbers! Letters! Emotions! These shows changed generations of children's lives, myself included. Kamp has told an inspiring story, powered by love and grace."--MORGAN NEVILLE, Oscar-winning director of Won't You Be My Neighbor?

"David Kamp has long been one of the keenest observers of popular culture. In Sunny Days, he turns that formidable mind to something with real emotional heft, too, and brings back to life a time of hope and optimism amidst a country torn apart at the seams. This is an essential book on an essential moment in the history of American television."--BRIAN KOPPELMAN, Co-creator of Billions

"If you're looking for a healthy dose of nostalgia, this is your book...a deeply researched cultural history of beloved children's TV programs--including Sesame Street, Schoolhouse Rock, The Muppets, and many more."--FORTUNE

"This passionate, highly engaging media history will thrill pop culture buffs and those who remember these shows from their childhood."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A cultural history of how children's TV, once criticized for banal programming, changed dramatically in the 1960s...Kamp offers a brisk, lively account." --KIRKUS

"Enchanting...For readers of a certain generation, Sunny Days will have a thrilling flashback effect, like a fizzy nostalgia drink, and the book's archival photos only enhance the time-tripping experience. For millennial readers, Sunny Days will be both a captivating glimpse at a revolutionary time and a blueprint for what's possible with a little seed money, civic-mindedness, feathers and glue."--SHELF AWARENESS