Ginger and Rosa, Sally Potter’s film about two teenage girls growing up in Bohemian left-wing London at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, has been getting mixed reviews. I liked it, although I’m too young to be able to comment on how well it captured the atmosphere of the time.

But what none of the reviews I’ve seen have pointed out is that the soundtrack is packed full of the type of music that trendy Bohemian types were listening to in those immediately pre-Beatles days: modern jazz. It’s got Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and, most prominently of all, a good dollop of Thelonious Monk over the closing titles. There’s even a bit of Sidney Bechet for the trad fans.

Oh Lord, don’t let them drop that atomic bomb on me!

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