Ethan Hawke’s Real-Life Boyhood Graduation Gift Is the Most Wonderful

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07: Actor Ethan Hawke attends the
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In Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s opus to male adolescence and Texas, Ethan Hawke’s character gives his son a homemade mix CD — “The Black Album,” a compilation of the best work of John, Paul, George, and Ringo post-Beatles — as a graduation gift.  Turns out Hawke gave his real-life daughter Maya the very same gift. As Hawke writes in the real liner notes (posted on BuzzFeed) and pretty much says this in the film: “When you mix up their work, though, when you put them side by side and let them flow — they elevate each other, and you start to hear it: T H E B E A T L E S.”

Read the rest of the very sweet, very thoughtful liner notes on BuzzFeed. (And get that tracklist!)

Ethan Hawke’s Real-Life Boyhood Graduation Gift