Advertising Revolution’s author Alan Bradshaw will introduce his new book, co-authored with Linda Scott.
The event is free and refreshments will be available.
Advertising Revolution tells the story of “Revolution” by the Beatles, from its origin as a protest song of the 1960s, to it becoming the musical backdrop for one of the most famous, influential, and controversial adverts of all time.
In 1987, Nike released their new sixty-second commercial for Air shoes—and changed the face of the advertising industry. Set to the song “Revolution” by the Beatles, the commercial was the first and only advert ever to feature an original recording of the Fab Four. It sparked a chain of events that would transform the art of branding, the sanctity of pop music, the perception of advertisers in popular culture, and John Lennon’s place in the leftist imagination.
Advertising Revolution traces the song “Revolution” from its origins in the social turmoil of the Sixties, through its controversial use in the Nike ad, to its status today as a right-wing anthem and part of Donald Trump’s campaign set list. Along the way, the book unfolds the story of how we came to think of Nike as the big bad wolf of soulless corporations, and how the Beatles got their name as the quintessential musicians of independent integrity. To what degree are each of these reputations deserved? How ruthlessly cynical was the process behind the Nike ad? And how wholesomely uncommercial was John Lennon’s writing of the song?
Alan Bradshaw is a Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway, University of London and Associate Editor at the Journal of Macromarketing and the Journal of Marketing Management.
Linda Scott is the Emeritus DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She writes for the World Economic Forum, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues, and served as Editor for the Advertising and Society Review for eleven years.