‘And Ziggy played guitar’: Bowie, the market, and the emancipation and resurrection of Ziggy Stardust

Lindridge, Andrew and Eagar, Toni (2015). ‘And Ziggy played guitar’: Bowie, the market, and the emancipation and resurrection of Ziggy Stardust. Journal of Marketing Management, 31(5-6) pp. 546–576.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2015.1014395

Abstract

Using David Bowie as a human brand and his various characters, particularly – Ziggy Stardust, we address two research themes: who constructs celebrity - the individual or the market, and to what extent can a celebrity emancipate their human brand from the characters they portray?

Market generated materials covering Bowie’s fifty year career were analysed using structuration theory. Our findings indicate that Bowie’s control of his human brand was increasingly determined by differing agents within the market. We conclude that a celebrity’s human brand is as much a creation of the market, as it is the celebrity’s. Yet unlike the celebrity, their characters ongoing popularity reflects not only a moment in time but also an ability to adapt to differing times.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 44623
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1472-1376
  • Extra Information
  • Special Issue: Celebrity, convergence and transformation
  • Keywords
  • branding; celebrity; David Bowie; human branding; structuration
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2015 Westburn Publishers Ltd.
  • Depositing User
  • Andrew Lindridge

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