Nowhere Boy: John Lennon’s Early Life
By Maria Popova
This past weekend, John Lennon would’ve turned 70. On Saturday, we celebrated his birthday by revisiting I Met The Walrus, a brilliant animated interview of the great Beatle, recorded by a teenage fan who snuck into his hotel room in 1970 and animated the recording 39 years later. This week, Nowhere Boy — a fascinating chronicle of Lennon’s childhood and teenage years in Liverpool, both trying and thrilling — is coming to select theaters across the U.S. and skyrockets to the top of our to-see list. From The Quarrymen, Lennon’s early band and precursor to The Beatles, to the difficult home life with his mother and Aunt Mimi, the film offers a tender and rare look at the making of a cultural icon.
The soundtrack alone is an absolute gem, a brilliantly curated mix of classics and music history icons, from Elvis’s unshakeable “Shake, Rattle & Roll” to Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over, Beethoven” to Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” to Lennon’s heartfelt “Mother.”
via The Daily Beast
Published October 11, 2010