The Book

Hamburg, 1960. Astrid Kirchherr has finished art school and now works as an assistant for her former teacher, photographer Reinhart Wolf. Her relationship with Klaus Voormann, a young graphic designer, is slowly fading.
One night in October, following another argument, Klaus leaves and goes out on his own. He returns late at night, totally excited about what he has just discovered down in St Pauli, the redlight district of Hamburg: a young group from England playing Rock ‘n’ Roll in a club called Kaiserkeller
When Astrid eventually agrees to accompany him the following night, she doesn’t know her life is about to change forever.

»How does one tell the story as it was? … You have to consider the whole background of that time: what was Germany, how did we feel about our parents and what they had done? … The strongest influence for young Germans at this time was the desire - the need - to be different from our parent’s generation. We were struggling to find a new way, to escape the past and the burden of guilt we all carried.
Our philosophy then, because we were only little kids, was wearing black clothes and going around looking moody. Of course, we had a clue who Jean Paul Sartre was. We got inspired by all the French artists and writers, because that was the closest we could get. England was so far away, and America was out of the question. France was the nearest. So we got all the information from France, and we tried to dress like the French existentialists.«

— Astrid Kirchherr

»Baby’s in black - The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-3-941099-12-8, Reprodukt, Berlin 2010

Look out for translated editions in the following countries:

United Kingdom:
»Baby’s in black - The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 9781906838263, SelfMadeHero, London 2011

Denmark:
»Baby’s in black - The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-87-7695-232-7, Forlaget Vandkunsten, Copenhagen 2011

Spain:
»Baby’s in black - La historia de Astrid Kirchher y Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-84-96722-87-3, Sins Entido, Madrid 2011

Italy:
»Baby’s in black - La storia di Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-88-96197-48-6, Black Velvet Editrice, Firenze 2011

France:
»Baby’s in black - L’histoire vraie d’Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-2-84865-502-4, Éditions Sarbacane, Paris 2011

Netherlands:
»Baby’s in black - The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-9054923411, Oog & Blik, Amsterdam 2012

Finland:
»Baby’s in black - The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-952-483-194-9, Sammakko, Turku 2012

Poland:
»Baby’s in black - Historia Astrid Kirchherr i Stuarta Sutcliffe’a«, ISBN 9788360915615, Kultura Gniewu, Warszawa 2012

US:
»Baby’s in black - Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg«, ISBN 9781596437715, First Second (Macmillan), New York 2012

Brazil:
»Baby’s in Black, o quinto Beatle: a história de Astrid Kirchherr e Stuart Sutcliffe«, ISBN 978-85-62696-19-0, Editora 8inverso, Porto Alegre 2012

Japan:
ベイビーズ・イン・ブラック »The story of Astrid Kirchherr & Stuart Sutcliffe«, Kodansha, Tokyo 2012