David Bowie: a history of ads

Rosie Baker
By Rosie Baker | 12 January 2016
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David Bowie, music, film and fashion icon, has died following a battle with cancer. His death prompted countless tributes across social media, TV and radio as music, fashion and film fans the world over mourned the death of the icon.

Not only was Bowie a cultural icon and a master of personal branding, re-inventing his own brand over the generations, but he also started out as an ad man, working in a UK-based advertising agency for around six months before pursuing his music career. Just imagine what kind of ads Bowie would have come up with.

He also dabbled in ads for other brands ranging from the mass market to the high end throughout his entire career. Here’s a potted history. Some of them are, unsurprisingly, quite weird.

So, get the David Bowie playlists cranked up in tribute. What’s your favourite Bowie track or memory? Tell us in the comments.

2013: Louis Vuitton: ‘Invitation au Voyage’

2003 Vittel ‘A new life everyday" by Ogilvy & Mather Paris

2001 XM Radio

and again for XM Radio in 2005 alongside Snoop Dogg and Eminem

1987: Pepsi "creation" (Yes, that is Tina Turner as well.)

1960s (allegedly Bowie is in this Popsicles ad)

*Tip of the hat to the website Flavorwire which compiled a comprehensive list of Bowie’s ads in 2013.


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