Scan - Astrid Kirchherr, John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe outside the Cavern, 1961
Photo: Mike McCartney
“…The Beatles met Astrid in Hamburg, where she and Stu became engaged. They always looked magnificently cool - black polo-neck sweaters, narrow tailored jeans.
Stu was our James Dean, and Astrid was a waiflike figure who looked like Mia Farrow. She was a very good photographer and took great shots of the Beatles in Hamburg. Of the photos taken at the time, I rate hers first and mine second. Mind you, coming from a well-to-do family, she could afford a bit better equipment than I could. She and Stu were heavily into existentialism and everything they did was full of symbolism; when George was ill in Hamburg they took him one red rose.
Stu was wearing this trange German jacket that had no collar and the Beatles took the piss out of him for it. Of course, as soon as they became famous they ‘borrowed’ the idea and wore jackets with no collars. Stu came back to see his family at Christmas, 1961. I remember he was looking terribly pale. The following April he died of a brain tumor.” - Mike McCartney, Remember
Scan - Astrid Kirchherr and George Harrison, Green Street, 1964
Photo: K&K/Max Scheler
“I am still in contact with Paul and Ringo to this day. But I had the strongest friendship with George. He was one of my best friends. We saw each other often, and he always looked after me, got in touch constantly to ask if I was healthy and if I have everything. Today… I still meet up with his wife Olivia and his son Dhani.” - Astrid Kirchherr, Hoerzu, 2005
“George was always my favourite, his kindness and his wit. He was just a wonderful person and whenever I was in trouble, like with money and things, he was always looking after me and he invited me a couple of times to London and later on to Henley. I just miss him terribly because he was like a little guardian angel for me, I feel like I am in a way lost without him.” - Astrid Kirchherr, A Retrospective
“…Astrid was so loving; she’d take us home and feed us. She helped us a lot, even just to let us have a bath. Astrid was twenty-two at that time, and I was seventeen; she seemed so much older than me, and so grown up…” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
“…Astrid was the one, really, who influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good.” - George Harrison on the early photos Astrid took of the band in Hamburg, The Beatles Anthology