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The James Bond SongsPop Anthems of Late Capitalism$
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Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001

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“When You’ve Got a Job to Do”

“When You’ve Got a Job to Do”

The 70s

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The James Bond Songs

Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces how the early- to mid-70s Bond-songs used their aesthetic outmodedness to grapple with a new world that looked and sounded quite different. Songs like “Diamonds are Forever” and “Live and Let Die” take on the sounds of newly liberated colonial subjects and America’s subalterns, as Bond struggles to survive in a world where his privilege as a white male Anglo-Saxon is rapidly eroding. In the case of “The Man With the Golden Gun,” faint echoes of the sexual revolution threaten the foundations of male chauvinism on which Bond’s world (and those of the Bond-songs) rests. These Bond-songs respond to the changes around them by treating the making of songs as a particular kind of job.

Keywords:   race and pop music, 1970s pop music, African American music, blackness, colonialism, otherness, sexual revolution, rock music

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