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6 edition of Volkswagen Bus/Camper/Van, 1979-1989 found in the catalog.

Volkswagen Bus/Camper/Van, 1979-1989

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Published by Brooklands Books in Cobham) .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementcompiled by R.M. Clarke.
SeriesBrooklands road tests books
ContributionsClarke, R. M.
The Physical Object
Pagination100p. :
Number of Pages100
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22238690M
ISBN 101870642783
OCLC/WorldCa655716484

With Volkswagen, of course, their emphasis on their countercultural legacy is suspect as potentially opportunistic and insincere, purely a marketing initiative. Porsche had completed several prototypes of small Beetle-shaped cars as early asbut these designs were never produced because of the worldwide depression of that decade. As you read, consider the characteristics of bus culture and the values underlying it, with an eye to the complex and varied relationship of this subculture to the American hippie counterculture and to mainstream 11 America. The easiest and least interesting way to explain the cultural evolution from German utility vehicle to American hippie bus would be to claim, rightly, that each simply reflects the tempo and tone of its respective historical era.

On the same day he attended a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the future Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg. The deeply rooted and long-lasting stereotypes of bus culture are seductive precisely because they evoke the symbolic resonance of this vehicle with wider cultural trends — namely hippie culture — and with deeper American values. In the late sixties in America and beyond, rebellious and nomadic youth adopted the buses because they were cheap, functional, and distinctive. As this thesis makes clear, the importance of Volkswagen buses is linked to the counterculture in its various stages of evolution, in its late-sixties hippie manifestation and in the s and s as a vehicle for forward-thinking families. To enrich and diversify my study, I have since expanded the historical scope of this project to include the pre- and post-hippie history of the bus, in s Germany and the contemporary era, to appreciate longterm changes in the culture of Volkswagen buses. More charitably, the pervasiveness of hippie-bus imagery could represent the at least partial acceptance of this lifestyle within the American mainstream, though the one-dimensional and often derogatory representation of this lifestyle suggests otherwise.

Porsche had completed several prototypes of small Beetle-shaped cars as early asbut these designs were never produced because of the worldwide depression of that decade. On the same day he attended a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the future Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg. Indeed, economy is an allAmerican value as well, and a primary motivating principle in consumer 9 behavior. To enrich and diversify my study, I have since expanded the historical scope of this project to include the pre- and post-hippie history of the bus, in s Germany and the contemporary era, to appreciate longterm changes in the culture of Volkswagen buses. My interest in this vehicle developed elsewhere, as an offshoot of my longstanding personal and academic attachment to the contemporary and historical American counterculture, in all its myriad forms. He worked during the first decades of the twentieth century on developing an affordable mass-produced German sedan, convinced that economical and low-maintenance vehicles would occupy a central role in the future of the German auto industry.


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Volkswagen Bus/Camper/Van, 1979-1989 book

The vehicle has since become a core symbol of the s cultural revolution and of hippie culture, a rolling metaphor with variously positive or negative connotations, depending on the beholder.

The fact that so many owners in the fifties and sixties were attracted to the bus for its spaciousness, fuel economy, and other practical attributes, and that they overlooked or embraced its strangeness relative to most American cars, suggests that the anticonsumerist counterculture had much wider and more populist roots than usually recognized.

Again for simplicity, in this paper I will not distinguish among these variations unless noted, because their cultural imagery is generally interchangeable. I discuss this era following the initial hippie connection, between the seventies and the nineties, in chapter five.

In this light, the symbolic appeal of hippie culture in the last several decades of American history, its iconic status, may symptomize the failure of the late-sixties counterculture.

While Volkswagen buses and Beetles carried a reputation as anticonsumerist commodities, given their valuation of economy over style, 7 function over form, contemporary Volkswagens are actually overpriced compared to vans of similar size and quality.

Initially, I planned to study Volkswagen buses primarily in relation to hippie culture, exploring the substantial linkages between car and culture therein.

While Volkswagen buses and Beetles carried a reputation as anticonsumerist commodities, given their valuation of economy over style, 7 function over form, contemporary Volkswagens are actually overpriced compared to vans of similar size and quality.

It is possible, of course, that the thrifty ethic that characterizes Volkswagen bus culture is not antithetical at all. Indeed, by exaggerating the otherness of Volkswagen bus culture, by playing up the stereotypical differentiation and 6 See Simon Straus, History of the Thrift Movement in America Philadelphia: J.

Porsche had completed several prototypes of small Beetle-shaped cars as early asbut these designs were never produced because of the worldwide depression of that decade.

Volkswagen bus culture manifests this same cultural-outsider status. The easiest and least interesting way to explain the cultural evolution from German utility vehicle to American hippie bus would be to claim, rightly, that each simply reflects the tempo and tone of its respective historical era.

At the same time, their association with hippie culture continues unabated in film and advertising, though this nostalgic and stereotypical media preservation only underscores their increasing distance from everyday life.

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Burroughs pursued heroin, Ginsburg poetry, and Kerouac fraternized with migrant laborers and others on the social margins. However, lest we neglect the pre-hippie history of the bus, we must also recognize that the preeminently pragmatic appeal characterizes its entire history.

The ideology and cultural activity underlying that revolution has declined while its stylistic appeal increases. In this thesis, I will trace the development of bus culture over its fifty-year history, identifying the similarities and differences between 4 different Volkswagen Bus/Camper/Van.

Bus culture and the hippie culture with which it is closely intertwined are alternately celebrated or demonized because their rejection of mainstream America both attracts and repels people.

The common cultural strain linking these eras of bus culture is anticonsumerism. Contrary to common assumption, I do not own, nor have I ever owned, a Volkswagen bus.

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