dedicated to Astrid Kirchherr, in half-shadow

got a back beat you can't lose it
For the collage of "deddicated to Astrid Kirchherr, in half-shadow", the original photography you can find here, there and everywehre.

Astrid Kirchherr is the photographer, who is the important for The Beatles in their years in Hamburg.

In 1960, Astrid Kirchherr met The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best) at The Kaiserkeller Club.
And Astrid Kirchherr prepared the photo sessions for The Beatles, and took their photos.
These photos is regarded as the important documentary of The Beatles in their early times.
The photo is one of the photos "November 1960, Heiligengeistfeld Square U3-St.Pauli, U3-Feldstraße, Glacischaussee Hamburg, Germany" (from left to right : Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Stewart Sutcliffe)
photos by Astrid Kirchherr.

Astrid Kirchherr and Stewart Sutcliffe were fallen love. Stewart Sutcliffe decided to leave The Beatles and had lived with her for studying of his painting art.
But Stewart Sutcliffe died of a brain haemorrhage in 1962.
The photo (left) is "Stewart Sutcliffe" photo by Astrid Kirchherr after photo session "November 1960, Heiligengeistfeld Square U3-St.Pauli, U3-Feldstraße, Glacischaussee Hamburg, Germany".
The painting (right) is "Untitled, Hamburg Series #71" 1960 - 1962 by Stewart Sutcliffe.

It is said Astrid Kirchherr gave the two big influences for The Beatles.

The one of this is The Beatles' hair style called as the mop-top.
It is said that Astrid Kirchherr cut the hairs of Stewart Sutcliffe in the mop-top.
The photo (left) is "Astrid Kirchherr And Stewart Sutcliffe On Their Mop-top hair Style" ca 1960 - 1962 photo by Astrid Kirchherr (maybe).
The photo (right) is the one of photos for The Beatles the first album cover "Please Please Me With Love Me Do And 12 Other Songs" 1963 photo by Angus Mcbean, off course The Beatles in the mop-top.

The other of is her photography style, half-shadow.
Astrid Kirchherr had taken their photos in half-shadow style.
The cover photo for The Beatles second album "With The Beatles" 1964 was taken by this half-shadow style by Robert Freeman.
The photo (left) is "John Lennon And George Harrison" ca 1962 photo by Astrid Kirchherr.
The photo (right) is "With The Beatles Outtake" 1964 photo by Robert Freeman.

I wonder Astrid Kirchherr's hair style and photography style were inspired from Aubrey Beardsley's fashion and art.
And we can find Aubrey Beardsley and Stewart Sutcliffe in the cover art for The Beatles 8th. album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 1967, and they neighbor on each other (See Details).
The photo (left) is "Aubrey Vincent Beardsley" ca 1894 photo by Frederick Henry Evans.
The woodcut (center) is "The Wagnerites" 1894, illustration for the magazine "The Yellow Book" vol. 3 drawn by Aubrey Beardsley.
The photo (right) is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 1967 photo by Michael Cooper.

On the movie "Backbeat" 1994 directed by Iain Softley tells the story of Astrid Kirchherr and Stewart Sutcliffe.
Astrid Kirchherr was acted by Sheryl Lee, and Stewart Sutcliffe was acted by Stephen Dorff.
The movie poster (left) and one of the still photos (right) : Stewart Sutcliffe acted by Stephen Dorff and Astrid Kirchherr acted by Sheryl Lee.

The words "got a back beat you can't lose it" is taken from the lyrics of "Rock And Roll Music" composed by Chuck Berry for his second album "One Dozen Berrys" 1957 (photo : left).
On the movie "Backbeat" 1994 directed by Iain Softley, this song "Rock And Roll Music" is featured for the scene "When Stuart Saw Astrid For The First Time". On the soundtrack album "Backbeat" 1994 (photo : center) produced by Don Was, The Backbeat Band (Greg Dulli (vo), Thurston Moore (g), Don Fleming (g), Mike Mills (b) and Dave Grohl (dr) ) played and recroded.
The Beatles covered this song "Rock And Roll Music" for The Beatles 4th. album "Beatles For Sale" 1964 (photo : right).

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