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

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A fascinating, exhilarating portrait of the Beatles in their early years.

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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 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 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. This tender story is rendered in lush, romantic black-and-white artwork.

Baby’s In Black is based on a true story.

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Author Arne Bellstorf
Publisher :01 First Second Books
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 6.5 x 8.5 x 1
Publication Notes paperback, b/w
Publication Date February 5, 2014
ISBN 978-1596439184

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