40 years after the break-up of the Beatles… 30 years after the death of John Lennon… the public love for John Lennon is undiminished.
Last month Nowhere Boy had it’s US premiere. Yoko Ono was in attendance and expressed that John would have loved the film. The film opens on October 8th in celebration of John Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9th. The film has already opened earlier elsewhere in the world
We have a Music Video/ trailer for the film. Here is the press release about that…
Nowhere Boy – Music Video / trailer, Press release
70th Anniversary of John Lennon Honored With Music Video From New Movie
Video Clip Depicting Birth of the Beatles Salutes Lennon on his 70th Birthday
The 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth (October 9th) is being celebrated with multiple events worldwide – including concerts, exhibitions, CD reissues, film festivals, tribute recordings and “Nowhere Boy” – the new Weinstein Company movie opening Friday October 8th, that relates the story of his childhood and that has been endorsed by those closest to Lennon including Yoko Ono and Lennon’s closest boyhood pals.
Now comes a brand-new music video based on a re-creation of the first recording made by Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1958 – and on footage from the “Nowhere Boy” movie – to tell the story of Lennon’s formation of the band that became the Beatles.
The song is “In Spite Of All The Danger” – a song written by Paul McCartney & George Harrison in 1958 and recorded by them with John Lennon on lead vocals. The recording was the first time the future Beatles ever entered a recording studio. They recorded the song at a private Liverpool recording studio in the summer of 1958.
The recording used for the song features the performance recorded for the movie soundtrack by star Aaron Johnson (“Kick-Ass”) who portrays the young Lennon in the film.
The music video – directed by Beatles scholar Martin Lewis (who in 2002 produced the DVD Edition of “A Hard Day’s Night”) draws on footage from the “Nowhere Boy” movie (directed by Sam Taylor-Wood) to tell the story of the musical evolution of John Lennon from passive young Elvis fan to nascent guitarist to founder of the Quarrymen and future Beatles. All the key scenes in the development of the group are depicted. The first meeting of John and Paul McCartney (the Big Bang that led to the Beatles), Paul’s impromptu audition for John, George’s audition for John on the top of a bus, the first gigs that Paul and George played with John and many more. Like the movie, the story of the music video ends in August 1960 – the point at which Lennon changes his band’s name from the Quarrymen to the Beatles and the group leaves Liverpool to play in Hamburg – the boot-camp that toughens up the band and hones their skills in preparation for their conquering of the world.
Says Lewis: “The story of the birth of the Beatles is one of the most improbable, yet totally true tales in history. One young boy from a provincial city who is wrestling with the consequences of a complex family life develops the drive and determination to escape his background. Music becomes his rock ‘n’ roll ticket-to-ride out of the nowhere of post-war Liverpool. The film ‘Nowhere Boy’ tells that story in an authentic and poignant way. It has been an immense pleasure and honor to fashion this music video telling a capsule version of the inspiring odyssey of John Lennon’s early years from such great original material.”
Nowhere Boy – Music Video/ trailer
Nowhere Boy – Film’s synopsis
Imagine… John Lennon’s childhood.
Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson, star of ‘Kick Ass’): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother.
Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n’ roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster).
Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice˜and an icon explodes into the world.
Nowhere Boy – Theatrical release dates
UK release December 25, 2009
Australia release December 26, 2009
US and Canada release October 8, 2010