Enough time has passed that the cable channel Nickelodeon can now be seen to have had a ‘Golden Age.’ That’s the theory, at least, for Mathew Klickstein’s forthcoming book Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age. Here is the book summary from the publisher Plume/Penguin:

Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age tells the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of how Nickelodeon—the First Kids’ Network—began as a DIY startup in the late 70s, and forged ahead through the early eighties with a tiny band of young artists and filmmakers who would go on to change everything about cable television, television in general, animation, and children’s entertainment, proving just what can be done if the indie spirit is kept alive in the corporate world of contemporary media… All from those who made it happen!

Klickstein interviewed over 250 people for his oral history, which sounds like a promising read for anyone interested in children’s television history. The 320-page book will be released on September 24th. Cover price is $20, but is available to pre-order on Amazon for $15.41. The Slimed! Facebook page offers supplements to the book.

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