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The Book of Gossage: A Compilation-Which Includes "Is There Any Hope for Advertising?" Paperback – 1 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Copy Workshop (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962141534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962141539
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They called him "The Socrates of San Francisco." Howard Luck Gossage had a small advertising agency in a San Francisco firehouse. It was here that Friends of the Earth began - where the world was introduced to Marshall McLuhan. They even did some legendary advertising. Jeff Goodby wrote the intro - Stan Freberg contributed a piece - if you love what advertising could be, you just might like this book.
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By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1998
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Read every other book about advertising creative before you read this book, because "The Book of Gossage" will spoil all those other books for you. They just won't be as inspiring, or even as interesting.
Gossage was a fascinating man, with a fascinating life, who did incredible advertising.
Must read.
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Bruce Bendinger has done a real service to advertising by putting this book together. Not only does it give Gossage the attention he deserves, it gives us a capsule social history of a very interesting time. And it's full of little nuggets like this: In addition to introducing Marshall McLuhan to the world, Gossage bought him a decent pair of black socks so that Professor M could show up to a speaking engagement without looking like a rube. An interesting time to be in San Francisco and to be in advertising. If you care at all about advertising, you'll find this book fascinating.
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Reissued 2006 (including Disc of Gossage) by The Copy Workshop after having been out of print for years. It's a marvellous book about "The Socrates of San Francisco", the genius Howard Luck Gossage who had his very own ideas about advertising: "People (...) read what interests them. And sometimes it's an ad." Ordering from Amazon should soon be possible again, too.
For more information about Howard Luck Gossage google: gossage firehouse
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly good 17 Aug. 2001
By Jeff J. Ong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A collection of pieces ranging from brilliant little essays to recollections about Gossage. While much of the material overlaps and reprises itself, it's entirely worth reading. Will make you wish you could have been a maverick creative in the Iron Age of advertising.... and one of the few advertising books to elevate itself beyond its subject matter. It's a great resource for creating, period.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining history of a really strange man and his time 21 Jun. 1999
By Number Nine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bruce Bendinger has done a real service to advertising by putting this book together. Not only does it give Gossage the attention he deserves, it gives us a capsule social history of a very interesting time. And it's full of little nuggets like this: In addition to introducing Marshall McLuhan to the world, Gossage bought him a decent pair of black socks so that Professor M could show up to a speaking engagement without looking like a rube. An interesting time to be in San Francisco and to be in advertising. If you care at all about advertising, you'll find this book fascinating.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this last... 23 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Read every other book about advertising creative before you read this book, because "The Book of Gossage" will spoil all those other books for you. They just won't be as inspiring, or even as interesting.
Gossage was a fascinating man, with a fascinating life, who did incredible advertising.
Must read.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Book About a Unique Character 8 Jan. 2004
By James Sadler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Howard Gossage was known as "The Socrates of San Francisco." This book is both by and about him and anyone involved in advertising should be thanking Bruce Bendinger for pulling this book together.
Gossage, was a copywriter who emerged in the 50s and 60s. A copywriter with a social conscious who eventually started his own agency and officed in a Firehouse in San Francisco.
He introduced the world to Marshall McLuhan, helped start Friends of the Earth, and was instrumental in a number of other socially aware organizations that emerged in the sixties. He was in many ways the anti-ad man, a writer who frequently used humor to great advantage, poking fun at the products he advertised, and probably can be credited with introducing the idea of using humor as a sales tool in advertising.
Unfortunately, he died in 1969 from leukemia, but his influence lives on in advertising to this day. After this book was published, Howard Gossage was essentially rediscovered and he was named one of the Top 100 Ad People of the Century (20th Century, that is).
If you are involved in creative advertising, read this book. Heck, put it under your pillow and sleep on it. Maybe osmosis actually works.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book 26 Sept. 2014
By Jason Shipp - Published on Amazon.com
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If you work in advertising, you should have this on your self. Extremely insightful thinking. When we play the game about who we could "have dinner with" dead or alive, I always say Howard Luck Gossage.
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