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New novel about Astrid and Stu launches in London
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 03/14/11 5:38 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

October 1960, Hamburg. Astrid Kirchherr has finished studying fashion and is working as an assistant for her former lecturer, the photographer Reinhart Wolf. Her relationship with Klaus Voormann, a young graphic artist, has long since been punctuated by arguments and is slowly disintegrating. One evening, after yet another fight, Klaus leaves the flat and roams through the city alone. In the middle of the night, he's once more standing at Astrid's door, desperate to tell her what he has just discovered in St. Pauli: five young Englishmen playing rock ?n' roll under the name of The Beatles.

After a series of conversations with Astrid Kirchherr, Arne Bellstorf has created a heart-felt graphic novel based around the tragic love story between the young photographer and the musician and artist Stuart Sutcliffe. The book, "Baby's in Black," is both a tender portrait of that relationship and a love letter to the Hamburg subculture of the sixties that helped shape the beatles.

About Stuart, Astrid said, "Suddenly the images I had conjured up in my mind disappeared and something new stood in their place. That was the moment in which I saw those faces on the stage... First John, and then slowly the others... Until eventually, Stuart turned around. He had exactly what I had been looking for in Klaus, and that certain something, which I immediately recognised... and which I couldn't believe I had found."

The celebration of the publication of Arne Bellstorf's graphic novel "Baby's in Black" takes place at Underbar, located at 53 Dorset Street in London, this Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 PM to 9 PM. Food and drink will be served, there will be great music, and the author will sign and sketch copies of the book bought during the evening. Space is very limited and RSVPs are absolutely essential for anyone coming to the launch. RSVP to or call 020 7487 4395.

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