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US $65.00
CAN $72.00
Hardback with jacket
364 pages
450 illustrations
27.5 x 20.5 cm (10.75 x 8.25 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4634-4
Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

Alfredo Marcantonio, David Abbott and John O'Driscoll

The revolutionary Volkswagen advertising campaign of the 1960s and 70s is universally acknowledged to be the greatest and most influential ever created and was acclaimed as 'the campaign of the century' in the Millennium editions of Time magazine and the US ad industry bible Advertising Age. Remember those great Volkswagen ads? is the only comprehensive review of this definitive ad campaign. It features a brief history of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, followed by an account of the birth of the campaign at US ad agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB). This much enlarged and updated edition is illustrated with over 450 reproductions of press advertisements and TV commercial storyboards primarily featuring the VW Beetle, but also the Van, Bus and Camper and finally the VW Fastback and Squareback vehicles. Also included is a new section devoted to the billboards created by DDB in Los Angeles, as well as some of the ads created by their offices in Europe. The book is the result of years of research and numerous face-to-face meetings between the internationally renowned authors and DDB and Volkswagen executives around the world.


A comprehensive account of the most influential campaign in the history of advertising

Authoritatively compiled by three internationally renowned, award-winning advertising practitioners

Revised edition featuring over 450 reproductions of original press advertisements, TV commercials and billboards

A ‘must-have’ for advertising, marketing and graphic design students and practitioners, and an entertaining read for fans of the VW Beetle and Camper

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Author Profiles

David Abbott began his career as a copywriter at DDB and later went on to found AMV BBDO, which is regarded as one of the most creative agencies in the world. In 2001 he was inducted into the highly prestigious US Creative Hall of Fame.

Alfredo Marcantonio is a writer and creative director who has been involved in the development of some of Britain’s most successful advertising campaigns, including those for Heineken and BMW. He is the author of several books about advertising.

John O'Driscoll joined DDB as an art director in 1967 where, together with his writer Dave Brown, he created several of the British Volkswagen ads that appear in this book.

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A must for anyone interested in design, advertising or VWs of yesteryear

Daily Express

Over 350 pages of some of the finest advertising you will ever see … so important … Today's agencies can learn a lot from it

Creative Review

VW has always been the master of advertising and this fantastic book proves that it has always been at the top of the advert game

Performance VW

This is more than just a book full of brilliant press ads and commercials. It's a book about how to treat the consumer with respect; how to develop a tone of voice for a brand; and how to tell the truth about yourself in an entertaining yet commercial way. All subjects are as relevant today as they were in the 60s – which makes this new edition as relevant as the first

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