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Nowhere Boy: John Lennon’s Early Life

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UPDATE: Nowhere Boy is now out on DVD, Blu-ray and video on demand.

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.

If you find yourself off the screening map, don’t cry baby cry — the film, a British import, is already out on Blu-Ray (and DVD, too, though in a non-US format).

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.”

Nowhere Boy is now out on DVD, Blu-ray and video on demand.

via The Daily Beast

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