Monday, October 18, 2010

Nowhere Boy - Excellent Movie with the Wrong Title

Today we took a short drive to the Kew Gardens Cinema to see Nowhere Boy about John Lennon at age 15. Over the years I have read several biographies of John Lennon and the Beatles. The film certainly confirmed what I have read. I enjoyed the movie but I would change the title to Quarryman. I recall the lyrics of the Beatles hit Nowhere Man as follows:

“He’s a real nowhere man sitting in his nowhere land making all his nowhere plans for nobody.”

The young John Lennon certainly was a mover and shaker. We see how he was influenced by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and others during his formative years as a musician. He met Paul McCartney and formed the Quarrymen. We also observe John’s difficult family situation with his Aunt Mimi and mother Julia. It ends with his taking his group to Germany for a gig. The name Beatles was never mentioned, but if I remember my music history correctly the name was changed from Quarrymen to Beatles at that time.

I recommend it for everyone who is familiar with the popular music of the 1950s and 60s.

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