Kate's Reviews > Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles

Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, music, comics

A story of the Beatles as pups in their Hamburg period, with the focus on the love story between Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kircherr. Astrid's friend drags her to a concert in a seedy basement bar, a place the young professional photographer would normally never patronize. As they get to know the band, Astrid photographs them and falls in love with bass player Stu, who only joined the band when John enticed him to leave school and travel to Germany for the adventure. Complications arise as the band becomes more popular and when the other members are temporarily deported, Stu stays behind with Astrid. Delightful illustrations and a great style. For some reason, I found it charming that he didn't clean up the panel edges and left in stray lines. It gave me the impression that there was so much energy between theses people and at that time that it had to peek out of its box. So glad this was republished in the US.

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Tim Have you seen Backbeat?

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