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Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf

babys in blackBaby’s In Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles

by Arne Bellstorf

If you are a fan of the Beatles, then you will definitely want to pick up the graphic novel, Baby’s In Black.  Through black and white drawings, Arne Bellstorf tells the story of the “Lost Beatle” Stuart Sutcliffe.  Sutcliffe was the original bass player for The Beatles when they were starting out, playing seedy clubs in Germany in 1960.  Sutcliffe is a fascinating part of The Beatles history, as he was also an accomplished artist and writer who chose to leave The Bealtes right before they made it big.  While playing with The Beatles in a dive bar in Germany, Sutcliffe met Astrid Kirchhherr, a local photographer.  Astrid also plays an important role in The Beatles history: she shot some of the most famous early portraits of The Beatles when they were in Germany, and are also some of the only photos that include Sutcliffe in the mix.  Shortly after meeting, Stuart and Astrid fell in love.  It was then that Sutcliffe  decided that The Beatles were not for him.  He wanted to stay in Germany with Astrid and focus on his painting.  Tragically, though, Sutcliffe’s life was cut short when he died from a brain hemorrhage in 1962.  He never had the chance to marry Astrid or to see how successful The Beatles would become. 

This graphical novel really does justice to the story of Sutcliffe’s time with The Beatles and his romance with Astrid.  The author, Arne Bellstorf, worked closely with Astrid to get details right and put the emotional punch in this story that only Astrid could provide.  It is also a really great snapshot of the short time that The Beatles spent in Germany, playing wherever they could, right before they became uber-famous.  Finally, the art in this book is pretty simple, but also really expressive.  I think the style of drawing was my most favorite things about this graphic novel, and I am a huge fan of The Beatles so I loved getting  a new insight to a story I know well.  Here are a couple of examples of the art in Baby’s In Black:

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This first example is of Astrid and her boss looking artwork and talking about light and expression in classic art. It’s really cool how the art is depicted here, and how they are talking about the expression and lighting which is exactly what comes through in the art of Baby’s in Black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In this second photograph, Bellstorf recreates Astrid’s famous photos of The Beatles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 20, 2013 Categories: Art, Graphic Novel, Music, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Listen to This–Sharzad’s Playlist for Singer of All Songs

Check out Sharzad’s playlist for The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable, by clicking the pop-out player button below.

Click here to find The Singer of All Songs in the Library and find out why Sharzad selected these songs for her playlist.

 
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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 28, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Music

Listen to This–Taylor Swift’s New Song for the Hunger Games Soundtrack

According to Teen.com, Taylor Swift with the duo Civil War released their song for the Hunger Games soundtrack via Twitter.  The song is entitled “Safe & Sound”.  Listen to it below:

http://youtu.be/w2v1N2q0sxs 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 23, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Music, Trending

Listen to This — Emily’s Playlist for Hoot

Check out Emily’s playlist for Hoot by Carl Hiassen, by clicking the pop-out player button below.

Click here to find Hoot in the Library and find out why Emily selected these songs for her playlist.

 
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By MPPL on December 15, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music

Listen to This–Emily’s Playlist for The Lightning Thief

Check out Emily’s playlist for the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, by clicking on the pop-out player below.

Click here to find The Lightning Thief in the Library and find out why Emily selected these songs for her playlist:

 

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Music

Listen to This–Katie’s Playlist for Once Upon a Marigold

Once Upon a Marigold Book CoverCheck out Katie’s playlist for Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris, by clicking the pop-out player below.

Click here to find Once Upon a Marigold in the Library and find out why Katie selected these songs for her playlist.

 
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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 25, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Music

Listen to this– Rahul's playlist for Notes from the Midnight Driver

Notesfrommidnightdriver Checkout Rahul’s playlist for the character of Sol, from Jordan Sonnenblick’s Notes from the Midnight Driver by clicking on the pop-out player below.  Rahul also wrote a great review of the book: 

Notes from the Midnight Driver is about Alex.  Alex has gotten arrested for drunk driving and now has to go to a retirement home and help a man named Sol Lewis.  This book is a great read for any age.

Click here to find the book Notes from a Midnight Driver in the Library and find out why Rahul selected these songs for the character of Sol for his playlist.  And here’s his playlist for Sol:

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 5, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music, Realistic Fiction

Listen to this–Emily's playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl As part of the summer reading program this year, we asked teens to create playlists for books they read.  A book playlist is just a list of songs that either the main character would listen to, or that just fit with the different aspects of the book.  This is the first time we’re posting one of the playlists, and it’s Emily’s playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  Click here to find Stargirl in the Library to see why Emily chose these songs for her playlist.  To listen to Emily’s playlist, just click on the pop-out player below:

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 27, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music

The Gray Wolf Throne

If you’re a fan of Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series, be sure to checkout The Gray Wolf Throne, the lastest installment of the series.  If you can’t get your hands on a copy, click here to read the first chapter.  Also checkout the music video that was made for the novel below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 14, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Music

It Gets Better Project

It September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry made a YouTube video for LGBT teens and youth as a reaction to the number of young people who took their lives the past year because of being bullied.

Following this posting, they began the It Gets Better Project, which accepts YouTube videos with inspiring messages for those who need it.   Click here to check out the site.  Celebrities and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 videos.  In March 2011 they were also able to publish a book that contains inspiring essays and other materials, and all the proceeds from the book are being donated to LGBT youth charities.  It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living can be found on our shelves in the Library.

Recently, the band Rise Against has collaborated with the It Gets Better Project to use clips from the video submissions in their newest music video for their song Make It Stop (September’s Children), and the video was released this week. The song draws its inspiration from the rash of suicides of bullied teens.  Make It Stop (September’s Children) is on their latest album Endgame, which you can find in the Library’s collection.  Also, an interesting note, the band filmed the music video at lead singer Tim McIlrath’s former high school, Rolling Meadows High School.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 22, 2011 Categories: Music, Nonfiction