Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I love these photos of Astrid (widowed girlfriend/wife of the gorgeous, young, and deceased former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe) with the Beatles, just on the brink of their fame vacationing in Tenerife, Canary Islands, off the coast of Northern Africa.   Although Stu was closest to John, it appears John wasn't on this trip with Astrid and the boys, but he was likely already married to Cynthia at the time.  George always seemed particularly affectionate with Astrid, and when they first met, while George was only an impressionable 16 year old, its said he looked up to the impossibly hip Stu and Astrid, fancying himself with a girl like her.    

I also really love the summer looks of the boys here.  Open, long sleeved, rolled up, button-downs and shorts paired with leather sandals and way-farers.   Astrid was a budding photographer and took stunning pictures of the very earliest Beatles (with Pete Best, sans Ringo).  Then, in the early days of the Beatles international fame, they invited recently widowed Astrid on tour with them to take photos, as she was one of the most trusted people in their circle.  You can see Astrid's role of negatives from this trip at the end. 


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