George Parker: Mad Man
I wish I could express myself in the way that George Parker does. But I’m too needy and craven and desperate not to offend – or, more accurately, desperate not to put off potential clients.
What I love about George is that his don’t give a shit-ness seems utterly genuine. On top of that, he’s funny, clever, foul-mouthed and almost always right. He’s like the Mark E Smith of advertising.
I’m currently reading his new book, Confessions of A Mad Man (which had me laughing like an idiot while I was sat in A&E last week getting my severely bruised arm looked at). Packed with insight and filled with fruity flavour, it captures all the thrills and spills of what seems like a golden age of advertising. I found the opening chapter, where he’s in wide-eyed wonder at New York, quite moving – not least because it mirrors my own experience of first arriving in that wonderful city: it’s exactly as you thought and hoped it would be.
So first things first: buy his new book. It’s only available on Kindle but, as I happily discovered, there’s a Kindle app so you can also read it on your phone. Or PC or Mac. Available here for the ridiculously low price of £3.18: CONFESSIONS OF A MAD MAN.
I’d also highly recommend buying his other great books: The Ubiquitous Persuadersand MadScam. (If you’re a potential client reading this, please don’t buy the latter book – it tells you everything you need to know about why you probably don’t need to work with an agency.)
Best of all though, visit and bookmark his fantastic blog (below). It’s just an endless – and endlessly updated – source of pleasure.
Here’s to George Parker: a f**king prince.