Baby's in Black - The Story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe

Baby's in Black - The Story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart SutcliffeIf you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter, or have had the misfortune of interacting with me on any social capacity, then you know I have an obsession with this little band called The Beatles sorry by the way to all the people I ve tried to push their music on.Anyways, when I found this little graphic novel about Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe he was the original Beatles bass player and Astrid was his fiancee the one who inspired a lot of the Beatles early looks and a kick ass photographer and nearly screamed This graphic novel felt like a split between Persepolis and Maus, though obviously with a much less serious topic.I really enjoy these types of graphic novels where the art is sketch based with some ink in there for contrast depth They re easy to read and especially for an era like this where all the photographs were in black and white it read as if I were diving into a photo from that time period and taking a peek at their lives.The real question here is should you read this if you re not a Beatle fan Maybe If you re a die hard, overly obsessed Apple scruff like me, then absolutely pick this up I finished it in about half an hour and was laughing and saying aww through the whole thing Even if you re a casual fan it s a good read about the early Teddy Boy years when Ringo wasn t even in the band and there were 5 Silver Beetles But if you re not a huge fan what is wrong with you then I d say perhaps give this one a pass.You know, despite having no artistic or musical inclinations, I often want to chop off all my hair like Astrid and wear dark eyeliner, and go to little clubs to listen to rock and roll bands Sigh, guess that s a by product of me not being born in the right time period Darn it. This is an absolutely gorgeous, heartbreaking book detailing the love of Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr Stu was the real fifth Beatle, the original bass player of the band and best friend to one John Winston Lennon During their time in Hamburg Stu and Astrid meet and fall in love, but this book is so much than that It is a tale of love, loss, friendship and a band at its beginningI think of her, but she thinks only of him, and though it s only a whim, she thinks of him Astrid and Stu s love may seem rather fast to some, and I guess since they could hardly speak each other s respective languages then you may well be justified in thinking that However, in each other they saw something there was chemistry They were both passionate artists and this was something they could share only with each other In fact, Stu only joined the band because he could afford to buy a bass he couldn t play and would always keep his back to the audience This book, however, is not just a love story of the romantic kind It also shows the incredible bond and friendship The Beatles shared, in particular the bond between Stu and JohnShe thinks of him, and so she dresses in black, and though he ll never come back, she s dressed in black The ending of this book is heartbreaking I knew it was coming, but I still had tears in my eyes as I finished it The simple way it was portrayed made it so much poignant Yet, as the synopsis says, Astrid s life is richer for knowing The Beatles and loving Stu, so there is a touch of hope in this desperately sad and tragic ending This book is so gorgeously illustrated the drawings instantly brought the story to life While I read this as a digital galley, I will certainly be buying the hardcopy It will be a beautiful addition to my Beatles collection I think it is also appropriate to tell you the song I had in my head the entire time I read this Baby s In Black Also, I think I should share the song I think is beyond perfect for Astrid and Stu s story Take it away Mr McCartney blame the 70 s for the hair Now, I just have one question to ask can we please, please have a sequel for John and Cynthia A copy of this book was provided by the publishers via This review and many can be found at Maree s Musings. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA Fascinating, Exhilarating Portrait Of The Beatles In Their Early YearsMeet The Beatles Right At The Beginning Of Their Careers This Gorgeous, High Energy Graphic Novel Is An Intimate Peek Into The Early Years Of The World S Greatest Rock BandThe Heart Of Baby S In Black Is A Love Story The Fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, Falls In Love With The Beautiful Astrid Kirchherr When She Recruits The Beatles For A Sensational And Famous Photography Session During Their Time In Hamburg When The Band Returns To The UK, Sutcliffe Quits, Becomes Engaged To Kirchherr, And Stays In Hamburg A Year Later, His Meteoric Career As A Modern Artist Is Cut Short When He Dies UnexpectedlyThe Book Ends As It Begins, With Astrid, Alone And Adrift But With A Note Of Hope Her Life Is Incomparably Richer And Directed Thanks To Her Friendship With The Beatles And Her Love Affair With Sutcliffe This Tender Story Is Rendered In Lush, Romantic Black And White ArtworkBaby S In Black Is Based On A True Story Beautiful and Heartbreaking That ending crushed my heart It was nice to know this part of history that not a lot of people know about To be completely honest I didn t know about Astrid and Stuart or the original members of The Beatles for that matter, and this is the excellent book to explain the beginning of the legendary pop icon Their struggles as musicians and the people behind their humble beginnings I loved the fact that this graphic novel isn t solely focused on Astrid and Stu s love story but also the friendship between the members of The Beatles The sadness in that ending was so potent I could almost feel the weight of grief on my shoulders And I don t know if the fact that I know nothing about Astrid and Stu helped to alleviate the wave of sadness or worsen it, I m glad I didn t know and at the same time cursing myself for not knowing their fate, I could have prepared myself, but I was left with unsettled emotions I cannot seem to shake off Ugh I don t know I love it and hate it for betraying me Haha Okay enough with it If you love The Beatles or just a curious human like I was, then go ahead and read it. Very cute graphic novel based on Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr s love affair and their impact on The Beatles Check out my podcast Baby s In Black is the true story of Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr If you haven t heard of Stuart Sutcliffe, he was in a little band called The Beatles He was one of the original band members The original line up was Paul, John, George, Stuart and Pete Best the drummer before Ringo This was the line up who went to play in Hamburg in the early 1960 s, before they became big This is where Stuart met a beautiful photographer named Astrid Kirchherr and they quickly fell in love and became engaged.I already knew this story because I m a huge Beatles fan I saw the movie Backbeat about 10 years ago, which is the same story as this, essentially with slightly emphasis on John and his relationship with Stuart, as well as Stuart and Astrid s love story So, I knew the story but this was a lovely way to re live it It s very well done and the drawings are striking Stuart Sutcliffe met John Lennon in Art College and John convinced Stuart to join his band Once Stuart met Astrid, I think he met the other piece of himself and he realized that he wanted to be an artist and just live life with Astrid Being in the band didn t really bring him much joy he just wanted time to paint and create all the things going on inside his head So eventually, he told John he couldn t be in the band any From Wikipedia Sutcliffe s high spot was singing Love Me Tender , which drew applause than the other Beatles.Yoko Ono remembered that Lennon mentioned Sutcliffe s name very often, saying that he was My alter ego a spirit in his world a guiding force Stuart Sutcliffe also appears on the cover of Sgt Pepper s Lonely Heart s Club Band Astrid Kirchherr was one of the first people to properly photograph The Beatles well, without Ringo anyways This was one of her shots from when The Beatles were in Hamburg again, the orignal line up without Ringo She was an incredibly talented photographer and artist She also had a role in The Beatles famous mop top hairstyle , even if she won t take full credit for it She says that it was a popular hairstyle in Germany but she cut Stuart s hair in that style, and later George asked for her to cut his hair Astrid s friend Klaus later cut John and Paul s hair in Paris Klaus Voormann became friends with The Beatles and even lived with George and Ringo while he was looking for work as an artist He designed the cover of Revolver He was also a session musician who played bass with John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Lou Reed, Carly Simon and Manfred Mann, to name a few I really enjoyed this graphic novel because it showed the story in a new way I can never really get enough when it comes to The Beatles I thought Backbeat was a good movie and I think this is a great graphic novel It doesn t have a happy ending but it s a true story full of very talented people I really enjoyed it. inden Beatles ge en, k sa ama yo un bir a k anlatan grafik roman Honestly, I found myself disappointed with this book I m quite familiar with the story of the Beatles in Hamburg, as well as the story of Stuart and Astrid, and I was hoping that this book could expand it, show it in a new light, whatever No Well, that s okay even if I didn t learn anything new, it still would have been nice to see a good, literary interpretation of my favorite people Except that was not delivered either Most of the characters were quite two dimensional with the exception of Pete, who didn t even get that much , and even the main characters John, Klaus, Stu and Astrid could have been fleshed out much, much The actual story of all of these people and these events are fascinating the author had so much to work with and he chose not to. Oh, dear, what can I do Baby s in black, and I m feeling blue Tell me, oh what can I doBaby s in Black Lennon McCartney from the Beatles For Sale LP in 1964Sparse but also sort of stylish graphic novel depicting the love story of artist photographer Astrid Kircherr and early Beatles bassist Stu Sutcliffe Sutcliffe sometimes tagged with The Fifth Beatle sobriquet toured with the then Fab Five years before the worldwide Beatlemania explosion, when the young group were cutting their teeth in the rough and tumble Reeperbahn circuit of Hamburg, Germany in 1960 1961 They quickly grew accustomed to eight hour overnight gigs, fueled by beer and uppers, covering Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran tunes They were cheered on by a rowdy but appreciative audience of drunken sailors, prostitutes, and the working class of that seaport city.Sutcliffe, however, was an artist at heart and by training He befriended John Lennon while both were students at the Liverpool College of Art He fell in with and really felt comfortable with Kircherr s crowd Kircherr, in turn, was responsible for series of indelible photographs of the group slouched around the front of circus truck and also for introducing the idea of a mop top hairstyle Sutcliffe ultimately left the act for greener pastures, but then tragedy reared its unwelcome head.I m torn on this one the book was good, but Beatles fans will already be familiar with this story from other books For those unfamiliar with this early part of the Beatles timeline there may not be enough detail Probably the best depiction of these events was in the wonderful but forgotten 1994 film Backbeat, with Stephen Dorff as Stu, Sheryl Lee as Astrid, and an amazing performance by Ian Hart as John Lennon Still, Baby s in Black had some sweetly depicted scenes of the young couple falling in love, and the intermittent moments involving the other band members felt spot on. Black turtlenecks That s what I ve got on this Okay, cigarettes dangling from arms that dangle from turtlenecks that are plucked out of someone s idea of 1960s European cool Stick your arms inside the hidey hole sleeves and wait it all out Smoke chains and hair tendrils of girl chic short dos and dont s of Hamburg night life in the 1960s Hooting and clubs you aren t going to Yawn That s what I ve got Okay, stretch your arms over the backs of the movie theatre seat and you can t cop a feel because the other seat is a long time cold Astrid favored black a lot Black as a scene, black as something to do Black as waiting, endlessly Mysterious and contained That s my barely contained sigh I like my black as a blanket Arne Bellstorf fancies black and white pixie pixels, clearly They float over your bar stool.Boyfriend Klaus out the door New boyfriend auditioning on stage with an instrument he can t play Murray on Flight of the Conchords called the bass the dad guitar Ha Paul resumed the instrument and later, after the loss of Brian Epstein, the boys would rebel when he takes old Murray too seriously about being the dad Baby s In Black is a lot of the same look of Astrid looking up at Stuart Sutcliffe as he doesn t play the bass with The Beatles Wait a minute I thought they made Stuart turn his back so one would figure out he couldn t play He must ve had a terrific butt Ringo wasn t around yet We all know he followed the music from their bouncing buns like he was Helen Keller Deaf from the screams, y know Anyway, it s hard work The boys couldn t have played those marathon shows for those angry Germans without doping up on pills and booze Stomach lining sic and it s all black and white drawings that don t pulse Shirley Temple s good ship lollipop never had seas so rough Wittle George was still the baby Twenty one, officers, really Paul the devil on John s leather clad shoulder John the devil on John s leather clad other shoulder Too much burden to bear Judy Garland had it so unwholesome Stuart the art school buddy brought along They weren t unlike Astrid and her former flame Klaus that way, I guess Like minds clicking like a cuckoo clock on their same dots A hard rock choir of little birdies and plenty of chicks Uniformed unisex unitards in unison Bo ring.Personally, I found Klaus s discovery of The Beatles exciting He HAD to take the reeperbahn night after night to see the boys in that rat trap cellar filled with all of those unimpressed Germans They d probably break into a fight if John didn t honestly and truly mean it What if one of them sobered enough to discover that Stuart couldn t properly play out of his ass Huh What then But what was he thinking bringing along the girl he liked to watch these cute guys on stage not Paul He was kind of rodenty Astrid thought Stuart was much cuter than James Dean Cue one of MANY same stills of Astrid looking up at Stuart She is looking up at Stuart even when she is not looking up at Stuart You could ask her what she was thinking and you wouldn t know even if she told you Cool girls I never know what a groovy girl would think about My staring problem had a problem here Nothing to look at Astrid is the cool older sister who goes out every night without you You want to come along It s past your bed time Get lost, runt She falls in love without you She plans her future without you Sure, she was a pretty blond German girl She always looked lovely in the photographs in Beatles books You don t actually know her She loved her mom She wanted to make a life with Stuart and take photographs I have no idea what made her tick Author Arne Bellstorf worked closely with her in the making of his graphic novel It can t be a case like anything made about The Runaways a bunch of egos scrambling like roaches away from the light so that they, and only they, will look fab She must have told him something Made you look The future planned their future without Stuart He died of a brain hemorrhage Causes unknown The popular myth goes that John Lennon kicked him in the head with his Beatle boots This just in Causes unknown.Astrid Kirchherr declined all offers for further Beatles association after 1964 because she was a friend to The Beatles and not the mop tops hairdresser I gotta respect that many made their bread and butter just for being at the right time and place when The Beatles were starting out Personally, I never liked that look It really isn t cute on child stars the world over I m sure many a disaffected and unemployed has been cutie has cursed Astrid s name over empty containers of Rogaine Barry Wom doppelg nger to Ringo Starr in The Beatles spoof The Rutles, for the lay person Astrid and Stu like the word doppelg nger Me too wanted to be a hairdresser He would like to be two hairdressers He hears their pain It must be tough to stand beside the spotlight I wouldn t know Why not shine a different kind of light on things Stage lights, dressing room lights, city lights, torch lights There s than just the stage Who cares if Paul and John walk off into the sunset for a time Baby s In Black wanted to carry the flame of Stuart and Astrid for a little bit longer It could have done, a bit, like when Astrid wanders through those empty woods alone Astrid in the woods with Stuart Astrid seeing herself in those woods alone again, before Stuart is gone for good Stuart could have been buried in a box made out of one of those pines, if they had seen it coming Baby s In Black lost a little something because I did see it coming Maybe something sweeter Two kids who could barely speak each other s language being together It s there, unfortunately dressed in cool black and cool sheets Can I just say the art wasn t that good to sustain a love story No slipping between these pages, no sir.I don t know, if she didn t want to be their hairdresser shouldn t a story about their love story had been about their love story That might be silly to say because no one would be talking about them at all without The Beatles Still, a love story is a love story Astrid was what Stuart had He dropped out out of art school in Liverpool when he was so close to finishing to follow John to be in a band He felt shame about not being able to play Paul was a bitch about it You fucked up a note, you fucker He lost his closeness with John to the pull of something John was so good at John and Paul had the creative spark between them Stuart had his own art Before he died he was making work than ever He couldn t turn it off even as his own legs couldn t support his weight He wanted to go to Paris He loved Astrid They were going to have a life He died I knew all of that How did it feel When they didn t know they were going to lose it all There s one panel of them sharing an umbrella I know that s Romantic because my ex didn t share his Stuart tells Astrid he doesn t regret a single day they spent together Baby s In Black should have been days The art was turtlenecks and smoke I could have been choking in a bar, looking into stone faces of Germans Are they angry Does the music move them Are they going to dance or is that bottle going over my head No idea I don t even own a turtleneck My neck is cold from craning to see Love.I do know that the Hamburg period was the Beatles favorite time It was hard, it was grime under the nails Scorch marks on the dirty cellar mental walls They had each other, then It felt like you could be there when reading them talk about in Anthology That s love to me Baby s In Black didn t have that I m not cool so I m bitching what do you expect I don t own a single turtleneck, let alone turtlenecks for two Wait for me Fuck it, I m sitting next to Klaus I need it Bring the bottle over my head It is 1960 I m in love Music is my black blanket Cover me view spoiler Yeah, that s about as close to some lovin as I got hide spoiler

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Baby's in Black - The Story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe
  • Arne Bellstorf
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781596437715

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