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


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$29.95  $27.85
Pegasus Books
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6.4 X 8.4 X 2.7 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

John Higgs is the author of William Blake vs the World (his first book to be published in America) as well as other books published in Britain. John lives in England.


"Higgs builds his case around evocative profiles of the Beatles and their fandom and of Bond's evolving persona and his real-life alter-egos. The result is a thoughtful romp through pop culture that's full of fresh ideas and sharp connections."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"The author's examination of these two cultural icons, and the way they captured the imagination of Britain and the world, is imaginative and illuminating. A very interesting blend of pop culture and history."-- "Booklist "
"The first Bond movie and the first Beatle single, Dr No and "Love Me Do", were both issued on October 5, 1962, and from this remarkable coincidence, John Higgs weaves a daring, dazzlingly entertaining pop cultural critique. It's smart and analytical, yes, but it's also enormously good fun. There's something provocative or revelatory on every page."-- "The Mail on Sunday"
"In Love and Let Die, John Higgs cleverly uses these two coeval phenomena to recount the cultural history of post-imperial Britain. In Mr. Higgs's telling, the two British icons also embody contrasting attitudes to life and politics. He teases out this conceit with a critic's attention to detail."-- "The Economist"
"The two post-war British phenomena, one representing Death, the other Love, are contrasted in many other ingenious ways."-- "The Spectator"
"Poignant and entertaining. Higgs is a lively writer and has assembled many intriguing nuggets from six decades of British popular culture."-- "The Guardian"
"With Love and Let Die, Higgs makes a powerful case for the enduring significance of 007 and the Fab Four."-- "Salon"
"An often brilliant meander through the British male psyche, the place where Bond the well-bred assassin blends with the self-made moptops from Liverpool. All things must pass, but Bond cannot die and the Beatles' music still plays. Both franchises will pump out the product for eternity. This book is an excellent and oddly illuminating way to pass the time between installments."-- "The Wall Street Journal"
"Fascinating."-- "Los Angeles Times"