Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr
Last night I watched 'Stuart Sutcliffe: the Lost Beatle' on BBC4. Stuart was the original bassist of The Beatles for two years, he left the group to study art which was his main passion. The programme told of the groups stay in Hamburg, and featured the letters he wrote home to his mum and sister. Stuarts girlfriend Astrid was mentioned often in the letters, 'I'm still a bit sad that you think I’ve made a mess of my future, but out of it all I have something to really compensate – my love for Astrid which knows no boundaries and her love for me'. Astrid was immediately drawn to the Beatles when she fist saw them perform 'It was like a merry-go-round in my head, they looked absolutely astonishing... My whole life changed in a couple of minutes. All I wanted was to be with them and to know them'. Astrid and Stuart were later engaged in the same year they met(1960), Stuart lived with her after leaving the group but he became very ill and died of a brain hemorrhage in 1962 aged 21.
I'm really inspired by the late 50's and early 60's and Stuart and Astrid were such a beautiful couple, I can only imagine what it was like when the Beatles first started playing in hamburg, but this programme gave more insight into it.
I'll get back to a more fashion related post soon!
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