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mja6758 said
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I think Sam Taylor-Wood might be a bit bothered by you calling Nowhere Boy fiction. It certainly isn't intended to be. It is a biopic that- while some of the facts could be argued - attempts to tell as truthfully as possible the story of John's teenage years, and his relationship with his mother and his aunt, and was based largely on the biography of John's half-sister, Julia Baird, who was also an adviser on the film.

I haven't seen it and I'd still reckon it is closer to fiction than fact - I have yet to see a biopic which isn't.  The ones I have seen all show a person's life through a lens distorted by the screenwriter's and director's visions.  This can be illuminating, but very rarely impartial - and many of them make up or ignore things to try and get some 'message' across.  In my view they are all 'based upon a true story' rather than being a presentation of a true story.

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mja6758 said

parlance said

trcanberra said
I haven't seen it and I'd still reckon it is closer to fiction than fact - I have yet to see a biopic which isn't.  The ones I have seen all show a person's life through a lens distorted by the screenwriter's and director's visions.  This can be illuminating, but very rarely impartial - and many of them make up or ignore things to try and get some 'message' across.  In my view they are all 'based upon a true story' rather than being a presentation of a true story.

 

I think that's an apt description.

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But I would say that counts for all biography - be it print or screen. The only point I was making was that Sam Taylor-Wood was trying to make it as truthful to what she saw, just as much Hunter Davis, Philip Norman, Mark Lewisohn, Albert Goldman, etc. etc., gave weight to the bits that told the story they wanted to tell. Variations on a theme.

 

I'm not sure I agree.  With Lewisohn as an example, it is more obvious when he is stating a fact and when he is assembling ideas to support an interpretation.  Most of these biopics take a written biography, which may already have interpretations we are not aware of, and then further distort them with even more interpretation.  In my mind they are one step further away from the reality, and don't even attempt to tell us when they are trying to be factual and when they are telling porkies.

The books are generally describing primary or secondary evidence, the films then interpret so they are often three or four generations away from the evidence and are adding their own fictional layer over the top.

 

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Nowhere Boy was based on Julia Baird's autobiography as I've already said. John's half-sister, and someone who had view of John's teenage years, and his relationship with his mother, that very few others had, or have written about. Lewisohn has said during interviews for the book that there are elements of the story where he is making judgements about what he thinks fits, and there are bits in the book where he shrugs his shoulders, says these are the versions, and I can't choose.

Ooo, watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Beatles are on the roof doing Get Back!

Oh! That's a Beatley moment! Sorry!

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Still haven't found that other post I was referring to early, but Hey Dullblog recently did a review of a 1996 novel, December, by Phil Rickman.

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I finally found that Hey Dullblog article, which recommends two novels:

[For great Beatles alternate history, see Mark Shipper's Paperback Writer or HD's own Michael Gerber's Life After Death for Beginners.]

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parlance said
I finally found that
Hey Dullblog article, which recommends two novels:

[For great Beatles alternate history, see Mark Shipper's Paperback Writer or HD's own Michael Gerber's Life After Death for Beginners.]

parlance

 

 

I'd personal recommend 'Paperback Writer' as well, I read it way back in the early 1980s and it's quite well done.  It hypothesizes what it would be like had The Beatles actually reunited, it almost makes you thankful that it didn't happen after reading this.  One bit that sticks out for me is when they're all playing in the studio and they're having trouble coming up with anything:

 

Paul says, "How about we do an oldie then?"

John remarks,  "OK, I believe that George knows the chords to 'He's So Fine'"

George quips back,  "I'd tell him to go to hell but I know that he's all ready going there"

 

Funny stuff aside, the writers seemed to get the characters right in this one, very enjoyable...:-)

 

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I'd be keen to read more on the relationship between John Lennon and his Aunt Mimi. Particularly after he acquired fame right up to his death.

 

(Unfortunately, the only true perspective could come from just two people and sadly they are no longer living...)

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Getting Better said
Von Bontee said:

That always struck me as strange - that notion of having to choose sides, Stones or Beatles, if that really was the popular perception of the day. But maybe it made sense at the time.  (Me, I wouldn't want to deprive myself of EITHER band, but of course I'd take the Beatles if you held a gun to my head.)


Yes that also is strange to me, personally i`ve only listened to only a few Rolling Stones songs but definitely i would choose The Beatles.

I really can`t understand because it seems like the interactions between the band were friendly and with what i have read they did collaborate(not the full group) but John and Paul gave backing vocals in "We love you" a rolling Stones song and Brian Jones played the Saxophone in "You know my name(look up the number)"

 

I actually find it kinda "strange" that some of you find this ancient rivalry "strange", when we have literally 'John vs. Paul' flare-ups here on a daily basis!  And they were in the same band!  Why not the 'Stones vs. The Beatles'?!

 

In all seriousness, it's mostly something that the press cooked up and a lot of it was because of what they were both doing musically which did at times appear to be driving each other on.  It was the press, after all, who was asking the questions and I always liked Bill Wyman's response after he'd assured the interviewer that they "were the best of mates" when he said that "there was room for both bands", that always stuck with me.

 

Leave it to John Lennon to throw gasoline onto the fire with his 1970 Rolling Stone Interview though:

 

 

 

Haha, You gotta love his brutal honesty, excellent...:-)  

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Billy Rhythm said

Getting Better said
Von Bontee said:

That always struck me as strange - that notion of having to choose sides, Stones or Beatles, if that really was the popular perception of the day. But maybe it made sense at the time.  (Me, I wouldn't want to deprive myself of EITHER band, but of course I'd take the Beatles if you held a gun to my head.)


"

 

I actually find it kinda "strange" that some of you find this ancient rivalry "strange", when we have literally 'John vs. Paul' flare-ups here on a daily basis!  And they were in the same band!  Why not the 'Stones vs. The Beatles'?!

  

No, what I specifically found strange was the notion of somebody having to choose one or the other, like in an almost peer-pressure sense. Many of us here would refuse to choose between John or Paul, and nobody finds that strange at all, whereas we're led to believe that "Stones AND Beatles" fanship was far less likely than "Stones OR Beatles" fanship, back in the day. The notion that preferring one automatically meant disliking the other rather than just liking them a little bit less.

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