JERSEY ARTS CENTRE
Sat 24 Sept / 18.30-19.30 / £8
LOVE AND LET DIE: BOND, THE BEATLES AND THE BRITISH PSYCHE
The Beatles are the biggest band there has ever been. James Bond is the single most successful movie character of all time. They are also twins. Dr No, the first Bond film, and Love Me Do, the first Beatles record, were both released on the same day - Friday 5 October 1962. Most countries can only dream of a cultural export becoming a worldwide phenomenon on this scale. For Britain to produce two on the same windy October afternoon is unprecedented.
Love and Let Die is a story about two opposite aspects of the British psyche exploding into global culture. It is a clash between working class liberation and establishment control, told over a period of sixty dramatic years. It is also an account of our aspirations and fantasies, and of competing visions of male identity. Looking at these cultural touchstones again in this new context will forever change your understanding of the Beatles, the James Bond films, and six decades of British culture.
John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world.
“Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear,” MOJO Magazine
“Higgs’s prose has a diamond-hard quality. He knows how to make us relate.” The Times