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At the pulsating intersection of 60s iconography and iconoclasm stood George Lois, genius adman, who went on to sock it to the nation's eyeballs as Esquire's cover designer. As he publishes his visual memoir, Lois says he has no heirs. He may be right. $ellebrity toots its horn as loud and proud as the photo of Muhammad Ali that shouts from the cover.' (Vanity Fair) 'Packed full of amusing, insightful and always idiosyncratically opinionated anecdotes. Not to be missed.' (Creative Review) 'Fascinating and lavishly illustrated ... for anyone interested in how celebrity becomes iconography, in how fame sells, or in the huge creative boom in advertising in the Sixties, this book is unmissable.' (OK!) 'Inspirational ... Lois produced some of the most memorable covers in magazine history.' (Esquire) 'Will make you look trendy.' (Tatler) 'Irreverent in the extreme with no apparent order ... However, the lack of order does lend itself well to the content, which is stunningly original. The images generally have a real 'stand-alone' quality which makes $ellebrity a real page-turner ... Master of the aesthetic sell, he does not need to try hard to convince us of his genius.' (baseline)

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George Lois, a native New Yorker, became in 1958 Art Director of Doyle Dane Bernbach and started his first agency in 1960. He is the recipient of an AIGA Gold Medal, among other honours, and the author of two books on advertising. He continues to consult for major corporations.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (March 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714842842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714842844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D Noble on September 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It wouldn't be as bad if he just made up the stories, but he actually stole them from others. Please See Act II http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/535/transcript

It is disrespectful to the reader but even more so to those from whom he unapologetically stole these stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Burgoyne on August 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I worked for George Lois at the end of the 1990s. This book, well, it's George. They read like tales that are larger than life. And to some extent, I even think that's what he wants you to believe. But the essence of it all says something else, for George really does live his life this way. All or nothing. Larger than Life. I don't know how many stories he told that I didn't hang onto every word. The glint in his eye, the hint of a sly smile. George is one of the last great verbal story tellers. And when you do read his book and wonder at the stories yourself, I am reminded of one of George's last ad campaigns. It was a PSA campaign for the New York Blood Bank. The campaign would not have existed if it wasn't for George calling on some of his celebrity friends to offer their time for free. Trump, Ed Koch to name a few...
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"Low, Lower, Lois...Advertising is built on puffery, and, at heart, deception, and I don’t think anybody can go proudly into the next world with a career built on deception, even though no matter how well they do it." — Julian Koenig
Based on an interview and other sources, George Lois has deceptively taken credit for the work and experiences of others in the advertising industry. I am writing this review because I want the world to know the truth behind George Lois. His ego has tarnished his image. Until he acknowledges the truth, ALL of his work will be questioned.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. C Purdy on July 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
great book by the great George Lois
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