David Kamp
David Kamp
David Kamp

Author, journalist, lyricist, humorist; latest is “Sunny Days”

David Kamp

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Bio

David Kamp writes books​,​ articles​,​ lyrics​,​ and humor. He is the author​,​ most recently​,​ of “Sunny Days” (Simon & Schuster)​,​ a history of the Sesame Street-Mister Rogers era of enlightened children’s television. His other books include the national bestseller “The United States of Arugula​,​ a chronicle of America’s foodways​,​ and the “Snob’s Dictionary” series of humor books. A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair​,​ he has profiled such figures as Johnny Cash​,​ Sly Stone​,​ Lucian Freud​,​ Kerry Washington​,​ Bruce Springsteen​,​ John Hughes​,​ Phoebe Waller-Bridge​,​ and the Brill Building songwriters. His work has also appeared in the New York Times​,​ GQ​,​ The Wall Street Journal​,​ and The Atlantic. His first outing as a lyricist for the stage​,​ the John Leguizamo musical comedy “Kiss My Aztec!​,​ had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in the spring of 2019​,​ and is gingerly making its way east. David began his career at Spy​,​ the legendary satirical monthly. He lives in New York City and rural Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Synopsis/Praise

“‘Sunny Days’ is a splendid, clever, inspiring, and strangely suspenseful history of the revolution in children’s television that was Sesame Street. . . . 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 bestselling author “[A] lively and bewitching recounting of a particularly ripe period in television and cultural history.” —The New York Times Book Review “A sublime book about a variety of creative people coming together not in the pursuit of fame or money, but to enrich the lives of children.” —The Los Angeles Times “Assiduously researched and frolicsome… both an educational odyssey and a balm for uncertain times.” —O, The Oprah Magazine “‘Sunny Days’ is full of nostalgic jolts for readers.... it makes the era a pleasure to revisit.” —The Wall Street Journal “These shows changed generations of children’s lives, mine included. Kamp has told an inspiring story, powered by love and grace.” —Morgan Neville, Oscar-winning director of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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