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Love and Let Die: Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche

John Higgs

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Film theory & criticism, Rock & Pop music, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands &, Popular culture

A singular work of narrative non-fiction that explores the unexpected connections between two titans of the British cultural psyche and what they can tell us about class, male identity and our aspirations over sixty dramatic years

'Smart, analytical and enormously good fun' Stuart Maconie, Mail on Sunday
'Ingenious . . . conjures a whole cultural history of the past six decades' The Spectator
'Strikingly insightful . . . page after page of glorious anecdotes' The i Newspaper
'A book to leave you shaken and stirred' Independent
'Poignant and entertaining' Observer
'If you take popular culture seriously, this is the book for you' Jeremy Deller

Dr No, the first Bond film, and 'Love Me Do', the first Beatles record, were released on the same day. Most countries can only dream of creating a phenomenon on this scale; Britain produced two on one windy October afternoon. Told over sixty dramatic years, Love and Let Die is the story of two culture touchstones that continue to define our aspirations and fantasies; of opposing values, visions of Britain and ideas about male identity; and of how a clash between working class liberation and establishment control exploded on the global stage.

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Praise for Love and Let Die: Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche

  • something provocative or revelatory on every page - MAIL ON SUNDAY

  • A highly evocative picture of the 1960s . . . a book to leave you shaken and stirred - INDEPENDENT

  • A daring, dazzlingly entertaining pop cultural critique . . . smart analytical and enormously good fun. There's

  • Strikingly insightful . . . [Higgs] gives us page after page of glorious anecdotes - i NEWSPAPER

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John Higgs

John Higgs is the author I HAVE AMERICA SURROUNDED, THE KLF, STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE, WATLING STREET, THE FUTURE STARTS HERE, WILLIAM BLAKE NOW, WILLIAM BLAKE VS THE WORLD and LOVE AND LET DIE. He lives in Brighton with his wife and their two children.

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