Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Alex Award Watch: Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf

Our Alex Award Watch posts are about books from the adult collection that we think teens might like too:

Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf

It's been a really long time since 1960, but The Beatles continue to gain new fans year after year. That's not because Mr. McCartney keeps putting out records that they play at Starbucks. No, it's because new generations of teens keep discovering the Beatles amazing back catalog. If you fit into this category and hum a few bars of your favorite Beatles song, then this is a fun book for you to take a look at.

Astrid Kitchherr is famous for giving the Beatles their signature haircuts and also taking some iconic photos of the group in leather jackets. Besides that, most people don't know much about this German artist. Baby's in Black tells her story in a graphic format.

When the Beatles first started out, one of their beginning gigs was a tour in Germany. Did you know that the Beatles used to have five members? Stuart Sutcliffe was John Lennon's best friend from art school and the original bassist for the group.Astrid went with a friend to hear the Beatles and was struck by Sutcliffe's James Dean look. The rest, as they say, is music history.

This is a very different way of looking at the Beatles, it gives the reader the behind the scenes look at a very young band and the girl who stole the heart of one of its members. And we do mean young: George Harrison was only 17 in 1960 and had to lie about his age to play in Hamburg. Also, the graphic format gives it a very stylized look and it's easy to get sucked in and suddenly imagine yourself at a smoky club, very late at night in 1960s Germany.

Take a closer look at the book here:

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