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29 OCTOBER, 2010

BBC’s John Lennon Tribute Rap

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We love John Lennon, but the BBC seems to love him more, or at least better: Lennononandonandon is a wonderful Lennon tribute track by UK rapper Dan Bull, composed of oh-so-many Beatles song titles — test your Beatlemania by counting how many you recognize.

Needless to say, it’s an absolute treat. (So great, in fact, that it even got a nod from Yoko Ono.)

The track celebrates the newly revealed English Heritage blue plaque at John and Yoko’s London home at 34 Montagu Square. The blue plaques are a 140-year-old British tradition honoring and commemorating the link between cultural icons of the past and the buildings they lived or worked in. Roughly 850 have been awarded to date, recognizing greats like Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, Virginia Woolf and Vincent Van Gogh.

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11 OCTOBER, 2010

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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