Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age

Mathew Klickstein. Plume, $20 (320p) ISBN 978-0-14-219685-4
Klickstein (Rag Doll: A Horrotica Novel) compiles an oral history of the famous kid-oriented TV channel that started in the late 1970s as Pinwheel Network and became Nickelodeon. The oral history approach allows for unmediated stories and encompasses a diverse set of opinions without prioritizing one voice more than others. Actors open up about going through puberty while on TV and the musician Mark Mulcahy, from the late-80s band Miracle Legion, talks about developing the theme song for the show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. The book contains a recipes for Nick's famed green slime, discussions of the concept behind the logo and mission—"‘have fun' and… ‘we like orange'"—and speculation about the effects of the network's success. In the words of Alan Goodman, a writer Hey Dude and Clarissa Explains It All, "Grown-ups took control of the slime and made it pretty." The book's strength—it's grounding in oral history—is also its biggest weakness. Klickstein provides little to no context, besides a who's who list at the back of the book, so it's very easy to get lost in interviews. There's a wealth of information, but it can be hard to parse. Agent: Janet Rosen, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/07/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
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