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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

50 Years Ago Today

Stu is quite the iconic figure in the Beatles community and is famous for being a member of the greatest rock band in the world. This makes it quite a hardship to understand what a special person he must’ve been. The stories tell how John Lennon always admired him, seeing in him the creativity that them as artsts must’ve been a bond. When I look at his early paintings I can see the same ambition that led him jump on the bandwagon, offering him adventure unknowns musings and whatnot there, in Hamburg.

double exposure, astrids work
When the pretty boy stood on stages of those rotten environments, he was barely able to handle his instrument but took the task nevertheless, probably out of love for John and open to new experiences.

Love found it’s new ways and soon he was to meet a German photographer lady, which made him abandon (or even, liberate him from) his band, giving both the band and himself the chance of self-realisation and well.. making it. He got accepted at the Hamburg art school and the band released “My Bonnie”. Shortly after this, he passed.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

In Memory of the Fifth Beatle

perhaps not a lot of you will know what day it is today… today stu sutcliffe, the beatles very first bass player, would have been 70 years old (thus hed be the oldest beatle, by the way). but as most of you will know, he died at the young age of only 21 of a brain hemorrhage, in 1962. a little unconventional for a rock stars death (no plain- or car crash), but theres nothing conventional in any sense in his short biography.

seventy years ago (oh dear that word makes it seem even longer ago) stu was born in edinburgh (a born scotsman!). he met john lennon at liverpool art college, both shared a deep and wild passion for rock’n’roll, and art – johns passion for art perhaps being not as serious and dedicated at the time, as he failed at school soon after, being remembered rather as a rebel than a great artist. stuart, however, was a very gifted artist and his talent was good enough to buy a bass guitar from the money he got from selling one of his pictures. he joined the beatles (later bassist mccartney was still …

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