Nowhere Boy soundtrack details revealed

Details for the soundtrack to Nowhere Boy, the forthcoming John Lennon biopic, have been announced.

Original Soundtrack Music From and Inspired By… is to be released as a double-CD set and digital download on 14 December 2009.

The first CD features songs used in the film; the second supposedly contains “music inspired by…”, although “music that inspired Lennon” would be more accurate.

With a screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh (best known for his screenplay for Anton Corbjn’s Joy Division biopic, Control), Nowhere Boy is Sam Taylor-Wood’s directorial début, and recently closed the London Film Festival to critical acclaim. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Aunt Mimi, Anne Marie Duff as Lennon’s mother Julia, and features Aaron Johnson as the young John Lennon. It will be released on 26 December 2009.

Here’s the press release for the soundtrack album:

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 film Control), 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.

‘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 All Right Mama’ – 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)
‘Baby Let’s Play House’ – Elvis Presley
Twist & Shout – The Isley Brothers
‘Rebel Rouser’ – Duane Eddy
‘She Loved Everybody But Me’ – Charlie Rich
‘Putting On The Style’ – Lonnie Donegan
‘Peggy Sue’ – Buddy Holly
‘These Dangerous Years’ – Frankie Vaughan
‘Susie-Q’ – Dale Hawkins
‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ – Barrett Strong
‘Come Go With Me’ – The Del Vikings
‘Rock Around The Clock’ – Bill Haley
‘Stagger Lee’ – Lloyd Price
‘Rip It Up’ – Little Richard
‘See You Later’ – Alligator Charles
‘Long Tall Sally’ – Little Richard
‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ – Chan Romero
‘Party Doll’ – Buddy Knox
‘Let the Good Times Roll’ – Shirley & Lee
‘Ain’t That A Shame’ – Fats Domino
‘Bye, Bye Love’ – Everly Brothers
‘I Fought The Law’ – Bobby Fuller Four
‘I Got A Rocket In My Pocket’ – Jimmy Lloyd

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