Hey Jack Kerouac

The Gap did some wonderful ads a few years back. The reason I say “wonderful” is because the ads used celebrities in a refreshing way. Jack Kerouac Wore Khakis. That’s clean. And clean is nice.
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Now, The Gap has a new set of celebs—Liz Phair, Keith Urban, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz and Alanis Morissette—plus a new look-and-feel to the ads. The photography is striking, for sure, but the ads lack that certain “throwback to a simpler time with The Gap” feel of the earlier work.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • truth

    i think its fucked that they ever used kerouac at all. those new pop culture puppets sure, thats the nature of our culture now….but kerouac? KEROUAC?!?!?!?!?! hes far better that a goddamn gap ad.

  • joanna

    amen! it’s wrong. he is so not the essence of “gap”… middle america-mall-rat.

  • sad

    i cant believe they used Kerouac! that is so fucked up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://kellyelephant.wordpress.com Patrick

    Plus, they airbrushed Joyce Johnson out of that photo. Pretty much blasphemous all around.