Astrid Kirchherr is a German photographer and artist and is well known for her photographs of the Beatles, particularly during their time at Hamburg.
Astrid was engaged to ex-Beatle STUART SUTCLIFFE.
Astrid is often credited with creating the Beatle's distinctive hair style, though she says the style was common in Germany at the time.
She and her friend VOLLMER did cut all the Beatle's hair.
Astrid Kirchherr with Stuart Sutcliffe
Clive Kelly 17th October 2014:
"I first met ASTRID in Hamburg, Germany when she was with an ex Beatle whose hair she had cut
to make him look more attractive, as he had become a model.
ASTRID was a well known photographer. STUART SUTCLIFFE, the ex Beatle [the original bassist]
preferred the arty life and so moved in with ASTRID and stayed for quite a long time in Germany,
until he passed away with (well, I'm told) brain cancer (but I'm not sure) [see below].
Recently, about 2001, ASTRID came to stay with GEORGE HARRISON and his wife OLIVIA at the Priory in Hendon near Oxford.
And just a couple of years ago she came to the LANKYBEAT to do a weekly do in Wigan.
BILL HART is the number one LANKYCAT. I am number two.
Unfortunately I was ill and missed her, and anyway I didn't normally go out at night as my eyes were not very good then.
But since I have had the cataracts removed I can now go out at night and drive."
[In April 1962, after experiencing a series of severe headaches, STUART SUTCLIFFE collapsed in the middle of an art class.
He died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. The cause of death was an aneurysm in his brain's right hemisphere.
In 1967, ASTRID married GIBSON KEMP, who replaced RINGO STARR in RORY STORM AND THE HURRICANES
when RINGO left them to join THE BEATLES.]
Facebook: Lanky Beat
- short for Lancashire Beat, which purports to be midway between the music centres of Liverpool and Manchester
(e.g. Wigan), and commemorates music from the 50's and 60's.