Sony Music is pleased to announce the CD and Digital Download release of the soundtrack album of the year, “Nowhere Boy” – the critically acclaimed hot new film biopic about John Lennon’s teenage years which led to his musical career from the Quarrymen to his early relationship with Paul McCartney and George Harrison when the Beatles first set off to Hamburg.
Featuring the directorial debut of Sam Taylor-Wood and screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh (who wrote the script for the 2007 Joy Division filmControl), the film recently closed the prestigious London Film Festival and to rapturous applause and rave reviews, prompting comparisons with the runaway success of Slumdog Millionaire.
An essential addition to Beatles collections, this authentic rock’n'roll album soundtrack is released by Sony Music as a 2-disc CD set on Monday 14th December, two weeks before the film is released in the UK on Boxing Day (26th December).
The film features a wealth of British talent, including a career-defining performance from Aaron Johnson as the young John Lennon, plus outstanding performances from Kristin Scott Thomas as Aunt Mimi and Anne Marie Duff as Lennon’s mother. The film has received Yoko Ono’s blessing.
“Nowhere Boy is brilliantly evocative and provocative.” – The Guardian
A member of the Young British Artists movement, Sam Taylor-Wood is the British conceptualist artist whose work includes photography and cinema. In 1997 she was nominated for the Turner Prize and won the Illy Café Prize for Most Promising Young Artist at the 47th Venice Biennale. Nowhere Boy is her first full length feature as a film director.
Nowhere Boy chronicles Lennon’s life from 1955, when he was a rebellious 15-year-old living in stifling suburbia with his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his difficult relationship with his mother (Anne Marie Duff), delves into the beginning of his music career with his first band the Quarrymen, and ends with his departure for Hamburg with two other unknowns, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
Before Lennon formed the Beatles, rock’n'roll was a huge influence on his formative years, and therefore plays a massive part of the film. The album soundtrack is no exception.
“Aaron Johnson captures John Lennon’s essence to perfection.” – Daily Telegraph
The album is a stylishly packaged deluxe 2CD set which features the soundtrack to the film on disc one, plus a collection of vintage rock’n'roll classics that inspired John Lennon as a second disc. Interestingly, the first disc includes original tracks recorded especially for the film by the band that portray ‘The Quarrymen’ characters (credited on the soundtrack as The Nowhere Boys). The album features unique takes on these songs, as well as original recordings from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and many more.
“The music movie of the decade.” – GQ
Following with the success of the Beatles re-masters and the Rock Band game earlier this year, the timely release of this fabulous John Lennon motion picture soundtrack makes for a worthy addition to the collection of any dedicated Beatles fan or anyone who is interested in the history of the rock’n'roll and feature films.
CD1 – OST
Wild One – Jerry Lee Lewis
Mr Sandman – Dickie Valentine
Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
Shake, Rattle & Roll – Elvis Presley
Hard Headed Woman – Wanda Jackson
I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Maggie May – The Nowhere Boys
That’ll Be The Day – The Nowhere Boys
Rockin’ Daddy – Eddie Bond & The Stompers
Twenty Flight Rock – Eddie Cochran
That’s Alright Mamma – The Nowhere Boys
Movin and Groovin – The Nowhere Boys
Raunchy – The Nowhere Boys
Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
Hello Little Girl – Aaron Johnson
In Spite Of All The Danger – The Nowhere Boys
Mother – John Lennon
*CD2 – Music Inspired By
(*Tracks subject to final clearance)
Elvis Presley – Baby Let’s Play House
The Isley Brothers -Twist & Shout
Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser
Charlie Rich – She Loved Everybody But Me
Lonnie Donegan – Putting on the Style
Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue
Frankie Vaughan – These Dangerous Years
Dale Hawkins – Susie-Q
Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
The Del Vikings – Come Go With Me
Bill Haley – Rock Around the Clock
Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
Little Richard – Rip It Up
Alligator Charles – See You Later
Little Richard – Long Tall Sally
Chan Romero – The Hippy Hippy Shake
Buddy Knox – Party Doll
Shirley & Lee – Let the Good Times Roll
Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame
Everly Brothers – Bye, Bye Love
Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law
Jimmy Lloyd – I Got A Rocket In My Pocket
Due 14 December