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I’m Gonna Start a Rock’n’Roll Group

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Well, actually, I’m not. But, in 1957, John Lennon did. The band was called The Quarrymen and the rest is history, as they say.

Nowhere Boy, a new film and directorial debut for Sam Taylor-Wood, chronicles the teen years of Lennon and the set-up of skiffle band The Quarrymen, later to become The Beatles. Lennon is played by Aaron Johnson, with Kristen Scott-Thomas playing his Aunt Mimi.

The film is based on the book Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird.

Opens in Australian cinemas on 26 December 09.


Written by Darren Smith

30 November 2009 at 11:11 pm

Film | The Music Video That Changed History?

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Recognise the song this chord’s from?

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Written by Darren Smith

27 April 2009 at 11:21 pm

Film | Talkin’ ‘Bout Their Generation

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I dropped into the cinema today to see The Boat That Rocked. And, yes, it was the nostalgic sexagenarian trip down memory lane to the good ‘ole Swinging Sixties I was expecting. But, it was also a thoroughly enjoyable, vibrant and fun movie, aided a lot by a booming British pop soundtrack.

Directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and with an ensemble cast. The Boat That Rocked is a comedic tribute to the UK pirate radio stations of the 1960s that were pretty much the only radio stations playing pop music.

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Written by Darren Smith

15 April 2009 at 11:06 pm

Brit pop revivalism? Coldplay’s “Voilet Hill” music video

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One of the singles from Coldplay’s latest album “Viva La Vida”.

Quite simply, it is Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts’ Club meets “Fools Gold” from those Mancurians, The Stone Roses.

How very Brit Pop. ­čÖé And what is Violet Hill? A street near the Abbey Road recording studio of The Beatles fame.

So, go on … take your love down to Violet Hill.

Written by Darren Smith

17 July 2008 at 5:14 am