Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles
Meet 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 band.
The heart of Baby’s In Black is a love story. The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astri...more
I was over my grandparents' house. The grown-ups were watching some grown-up film on the downstairs television, so I went upstairs with my art supplies and reams of computer paper and drew on my grandparents' bed while watching the Beatles anthology on ABC.
I can't deny that what stirred in me then--some groundswell of emotion at the sight of the Beatles in Hamburg, photographed by Astrid Kirchherr, may have been in some ways sexual...more
I am ambivalent towards the Beatles.
It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t love them.
Throughout my life I seemed to have attracted Beatles fans as best friends. It’s like they flock to me. Whether it’s my friend who knows every single world to every single song and whose mum once nearly got arrested outside one of their gigs, to the friend who has her picture up in the pub a young Mr L...more
“I think of her, but she thinks only of him, and though it’s only a whim, she thinks of him…”
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 bec...more
As stated, I got this gem of a book through a giveaway, and lucky me! I can't say that I would normally buy this type of book, but I would definitely be up for it after reading this one.
This book tells the story of "the fifth Beatle", long before Ringo Starr ever entered the picture. However, this isn't the story of Pete, the drummer before Ringo, this is about Stuart who played the bass before Paul took over the role. The book tak...more
I didn't realize how long they were playing in Hamburg, or the kinds of gigs they were playing.
This graphic novel (translated from its original German form) chronicles the time between October 1960 and April 1962 while the Beatles were basica...more
They were all dressed the same, in cheap jackets, tight flannel trousers, and high, pointy buckled shoes. They looked very odd.
The bassist made me think of James Dean. He work dark sunglasses the whole time and stood completely still on stage.
One of the other guitarists looked like he'd just turned fifteen....more
First love, music, The Beatles -- what more can you want out of a book? Especially when The Beatles are, as Bryan Lee O'Malley said, "the most adorable Beatles ever." Arne Bellstorf's art really brings the first days of the band to live in a charming and wonderful way.
“And though he’ll never come back, she’s dressed in black”
-- Lennon/McCartney, “Baby’s in Black” (written about Astrid’s mourning over Stuart’s sudden death)
“’He’s got something…Something different from the others…I just wish he’d take off those sunglasses.’” (Astrid talking about Stuart.)
Anyone from my generation who was even a fraction as obsess...more
The publisher's summary does a more than adequate job of describing what this book accomplishes, even to the point of telling you how it ends. Of course, this is a true story and many will know the ending before they start to read anyway, but it would be nice for them to have left that off for the few of us new to this part of The Beatles' history. I knew about Pete Best and was vaguely aware of there being...more
What made the book fall flat for me, unfortunately...more
There's no two ways about it: adaptations of non-fictional stories are a tough beast to approach—and doubly so when the non-fictional account revolves about a tragic death. The trick, see, is the fact that anyone who's aware of history, of the story being unveiled, will know how the retelling will end. When we watched The Perfect Storm, most of us were well aware that George Clooney and Marky Mark wouldn't make it to the film's credits (save perhaps through some kind of treacle flashback montage...more
upon reading: disappointing. i love the beatles and i love comics so i was hoping this would be explosively awesome and make all my dreams come true. but it was only pretty okay.
1. i love the cover art and the style of bellstorf's work. i really do. but then, reading the book, it turns out that the characters on the cover are the only characters he can draw. so almost all of the male characters look alike. i kept going "is that klaus, or stu?...more
This was the first graphic novel I've ever read, so I find it difficult to give it a rating out of 5 stars.
Without knowing the story of Astrid and Stuart, I found the book could be a bit difficult to follow; however, I'm not sure if that is because of the way it is written or just the graphic novel genre/style. I think if it had been written as a novel, I would have had an easier time reading (again, not because this book was written poorly, but beca...more
And that's totally ok, because it's definitely part of the absolute coolness that is "Baby's in Black." I have to admit – when I first started flipping through the book, I was slightly disappointed. When I had read "graphic novel" in the description, I was not expecting the style of art that Bellstorf uses. But that disappointment was quickly dashed away upon my beginning the story.
I received this graphic novel courtesy of the Goodreads first-reads program. Thank you for the book. However, if I had known how little it really had to do with the Beatles, I think I would have pas...more
Besides that, Baby's in Black is a sweet love story, told beautifully in graphic novel format. It just really works in that mix of images and words--you get a real feel for the time, place, and feelings through those black and white drawings. I could even hear the music in my head when I saw the lyrics on...more
I picked this book up on the recommendation of the guys at "The Beguiling." It being about the early years of the Beatles was also an incentive.
I finished it because I was interested in learning more about Stuart Sutcliffe. When I think of the Beatles, his...more
The only complaint that I had about the book is that it seemed as if with so much material to get through t...more
Baby’s in Black
Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutclffe, and The Beatles
Written & Illustrated by Arne Bellstorf
In the 1960’s there wasn’t anyone hotter than the Beatles. Their look. Their clothes. Their hair styles. Everything about them was different and enthralling. They are the original “it” guys. This book is sheds...more
What I really liked about Baby's in Black is that it is a love story and it just so happens that the people involved in it are friends with the Beatles. But the story focuses on Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe and their relationship.
Bellstorf's artistic style is very simple but elegant. The drawings are (I think) pencil with ink in black & white and though the characters all look the same at first glance, there are subtle differences that you can tel...more