The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism by Adrian DaubThe James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism by Adrian Daub

The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism

byAdrian Daub, Charles Kronengold

Hardcover | September 30, 2015

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Starting with 1964's Goldfinger, every James Bond film has followed the same ritual, and so has its audience: after an exciting action sequence the screen goes black and the viewer spends three long minutes absorbing abstract opening credits and a song that sounds like it wants to return to1964. In The James Bond Songs authors Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold use the genre to trace not only a changing cultural landscape, but also evolving conceptions of what a pop song is. They argue that the story of the Bond song is the story of the pop song more generally, and perhaps even thestory of its end. Each chapter discusses a particular segment of the Bond canon and contextualizes it in its era's music and culture. But the book also asks how Bond and his music reflected and influenced our feelings about such topics as masculinity, race, money, and aging. Through these individual pieces the bookpresents the Bond song as the perfect anthem of late capitalism. The Bond songs want to talk about the fulfillment that comes from fast cars, shaken Martinis and mindless sex, but their unstable speakers, subjects, and addressees actually undercut the logic of the lifestyle James Bond is sworn todefend. The book is an invitation to think critically about pop music, about genre, and about the political aspects of popular culture in the twentieth century and beyond.
Adrian Daub is Associate Professor of German Studies at Stanford University and author of three books about music and culture. Charles Kronengold is Assistant Professor of Music at Stanford University and author of a forthcoming book on musical genres of the 1970s.
Title:The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late CapitalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

James Bond and the End(s) of the Pop Song1. "At Skyfall": The Bond-Song, Repression, and Repetition2. "A Golden Girl Knows": The Ballads of James Bond3. "You Only Live Twice": James Bond and (his) Age4. "When You've Got a Job to Do": The 70s5. "We're an All Time High": James Bond, Pop, and the Endless 1970s6. Looking the Part: James Bond's New Wave Years7. "Your Life is a Story I Have Already Written": The Gay Panic Years8. "Close My Body Now": Bond's Traumas and the Compulsion to RepeatJames Bond Will Return In....Index

Editorial Reviews

"A book as sophisticated as a shaken martini, as clever as Q's gadgets, as zippy as an Aston Martin, as razor sharp as Goldfinger's laser, as gorgeous as Shirley Bassey's voice, and as enthralling as any Bond movie I've ever seen." --Alexander Rehding, Harvard University