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Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles

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ISBN13: 9781596437715
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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 worlds greatest rock band.
 
The heart of Babys 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 unexpectedly.
 
The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. Author/illustrator Arne Bellstorf tells this tender story with stirring, romantic black-and-white artwork.
 
Babys In Black is based on a true story.

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"Based on the biography of Stuart Sutcliffe, one of the original Beatles, and his relationship with German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, Bellstorf's tragic love story offers insight into the time the Beatles spent performing together in Germany before they made it big. Astrid is a bohemian Francophile who is drawn to the incredible music of the Beatles, then playing in a dive bar in Hamburg. She is immediately attracted to bassist Sutcliffe, and despite their different languages and worlds, the pair fall into a happy, and seemingly easy, romance. But their happiness is short-lived: the Beatles are being forced to leave the country, and Stuart's health is failing. The dialogue all rings true, and although both languages are portrayed in English, the confusion of the characters comes through without losing the audience. Thought the art style suits the story well, the facial features and hair of the male characters are similar enough that it is often difficult to identify which character is which. Fans of the Beatles will certainly be interested in this little-told tale of their early years. The end notes are particularly helpful in giving further perspective on Astrid's continued relationship with the band." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Arne Bellstorf was born in Dannenberg, Germany in 1979. Since 2006 he has been writing and illustrating a monthly comic page for a German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. His New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel Babys In Black garnered unprecedented success in the German market, finding fans from all walks of life. Arne Bellstorf lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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Tim Lewis, June 30, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
Baby’s in Black is as bohemian as the main characters the story is about. The minimal dialogue and dream sequences highlight the subtleties of the expressive faces of every person, especially the looks between Astrid and Stuart. The black and white drawings bring to mind seeing footage of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, and this beautiful love story ending in tragedy will leave you hopeful about life, for the art that was created, and that which is to come. Baby’s in Black is lovely and artsy, and encourages the reader to enjoy every minute of life we are given. Though perhaps not entirely an engaging story for everyone, this is a must read for Beatles fans.
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ISBN:
9781596437715
Author:
Bellstorf, Arne
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white illustrations throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Based on the biography of Stuart Sutcliffe, one of the original Beatles, and his relationship with German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, Bellstorf's tragic love story offers insight into the time the Beatles spent performing together in Germany before they made it big. Astrid is a bohemian Francophile who is drawn to the incredible music of the Beatles, then playing in a dive bar in Hamburg. She is immediately attracted to bassist Sutcliffe, and despite their different languages and worlds, the pair fall into a happy, and seemingly easy, romance. But their happiness is short-lived: the Beatles are being forced to leave the country, and Stuart's health is failing. The dialogue all rings true, and although both languages are portrayed in English, the confusion of the characters comes through without losing the audience. Thought the art style suits the story well, the facial features and hair of the male characters are similar enough that it is often difficult to identify which character is which. Fans of the Beatles will certainly be interested in this little-told tale of their early years. The end notes are particularly helpful in giving further perspective on Astrid's continued relationship with the band." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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