Only Lovers Left Alive. Dave WALLIS.
Only Lovers Left Alive.
Only Lovers Left Alive.

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Only Lovers Left Alive.

London: Anthony Blond, 1964. First edition. 256pp.

The author's third book, a dystopian novel describing a near future in which the adults have committed suicide with 'Easiway' pills and the teenagers have taken over. The epigraph prints four lines from a poem by Jack Lindsay, the source of the book's title.

In March 1966 Andrew Loog Oldham announced that the book would be the basis of the Rolling Stones' film debut, with the band portraying members of a teenage gang, as well as writing the soundtrack. Allen Klein was co-signed as producer, Gillian Freeman reportedly wrote a draft script, and discussions were held with director Nicholas Ray, but the project foundered after the financial backers withdrew. The dustwrapper blurb hints at what might have been after 'the oldies' have gone: "The dustbins begin to overflow: the power stations, the presses, broadcasting, public services and Government itself stop. Free to smash, loot, and love as they like, the gangs roar, in their brand-new, expendable motor-bikes, through the littered streets. By now, the currency is baked beans, lipstick and petrol. They begin to run out. Shortage leads to warfare."

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