Nowhere Boy.

I could’nt wait to see “that new John Lennon movie” this weekend. After all I read about it on the net, I was quite sure that I would like it – and the poster looked gorgeous (which, for me, is always an important thing)!

And it really is great! It is authentic but doesn’t loose it’s artistic freedom. It has really good actors in it (I knew and loved David Morrisey from the BBC series “Blackpool” and 2008 Doctor Who christmas special, and of course most people know Thomas Sangster from “Love Actually” or “Nanny McPhee”). And it is just beautiful made and combines strong pictures with great music.

It is based on John Lennon’s half-sister’s biography “John Lennon, my brother” and shows a young, confused and revolting John Lennon who is filled with emotions but finds his best possible cure: Rock’n’Roll. Julia Lennon, his always abscent mother is the center of the movie. When he finally seems to win her back into his life for good, she dies in a car crash. As the future had shown, she always will be a driving force but never fullfilled fantasy in Lennon’s music and life.

Find out more here nowhereboy.com

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Fab photography.

I was, am and quite sure always will be a big Beatles fan. Yesterday my heart jumped for joy when I stumbled over beatlephotoblog.com a wonderfull and wide collection of Beatles photos – and most important, many many unseen photos of the Fab 4 and family! Which is a rare thing when you’ve been a Beatle-maniac for about 15 years now. So – just check out this fabulous resource of photography, here are some of my favourite:

 

Baby’s in black.

 

Oh dear, what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue,
Tell me, oh what can I do?

She thinks of him and so she dresses in black,
And though he’ll never come back, she’s dressed in black.

I think of her, but she thinks only of him,
And though it’s only a whim, she thinks of him.

Oh how long will it take,
Till she sees the mi stake she has made?

Dear what can I do?
Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue,
Tell me, oh what can I do?

 


One of my favourite presents this year for christmas was this graphic novel by Arne Bellstorf: “Baby’s in black”. I read it in one go and was totally amazed: The story of Astrid Kirchherr and former Beatles bass player Stuart Sutcliffe ist told beautifully and Bellstorf graphic style is just great. It fits perfect in this wild years of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn early glorys and plays beautifully with the colour, that it is all about – and, it also interprets Astrid Kirchherrs beautiful photographs (which I always was especially in love with) in a fresh and very becoming way.

 

Klaus Voormann.

Lately I rediscovered the Beatles’ “Revolver” LP and with it’s beautiful music it’s amazing cover artwork. I always loved this cover especially – the fine lines, all black & white but so alive. I think, I can’t disguise, that my own work at least tries to be inspired by this great artist.

Above some of my favorite artworks by Mr. Klaus Voormann. If you like to find about more about the man, still known as the 5th Beatle, visit his website.