Hamburg Days is a signed, two-volume set that presents The Beatles as seen through the photographs of Astrid Kirchherr and the art of Klaus Voormann. It is their memoir of the days they spent with The Beatles, 1960-63.
An array of newly-commissioned artworks and recollections – over 80,000 words and more than 250 photographs, watercolours, drawings and paintings – bring to life the years when Kirchherr, Voormann and the young Liverpool lads first met in Germany.
'It's really good to see Astrid's great photos, and Klaus's new paintings put together in one set of books – with all the usual care from Genesis.' – George Harrison from his Foreword'Klaus was part of a group of The Beatles' friends in Hamburg. Now he has made some 'memory drawings' of our Hamburg days which are not only beautiful drawings in themselves, but which capture the spirit of the times. The really good thing about Klaus, his drawings, and this book, however, is that - unlike many other people – he was actually there!' – Paul McCartney from his Afterword
'The Beatles have been a big part of my life from the moment I first met them right up to now.' - Astrid Kirchherr
Alongside Klaus Voormann, photographer Astrid Kirchherr was a constant companion of The Beatles. Hamburg Days presents Kirchherr's complete collection of over 250 photographs. Many of her remarkable images are reproduced in hues of blue and sepia or in full-colour, while others remain in monochrome - all exquisitely printed in large format.
'Things were so different. If you can imagine them in the Top Ten club or the Kaiserkeller, sitting on the amplifiers, smoking, playing and drinking beer and joking with one another.... When The Beatles started playing, the music was already first-rate.' - Astrid Kirchherr'To be as young as seventeen years old, away from home for the first time, and working nights in the clubs of Hamburg. This was quite a way to grow up. They definitely grew up in Hamburg.' - Klaus Voormann
'George was younger, the little one. He was very sweet, with his little tooth and the cocky songs he was singing. He was really cute, and was an essential part of the team. When all of them were harmonising together was incredible!' - Klaus VoormannHamburg Days is a two-volume boxed set. Volume 1 tells the story of The Beatles' years in Hamburg, through the previously unpublished memories of Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann. Covering life in war-torn Germany through to the arrival of The Beatles and their first years of fame, an 80,000-word manuscript is illustrated with Kirchherr's photographs of the young Beatles bandmates and Voormann's illustrations.
'Klaus has now made some 'memory drawings' of our Hamburg days which are not only beautiful drawings in themselves, but which capture the spirit of the times.' - Paul McCartneyIn hundreds of original pencil sketches, watercolour paintings and pastel drawings, Hamburg Days Volume 1 is illustrated throughout with the artwork of Klaus Voormann. In addition, Hamburg Days Volume 2 is dedicated to a series of photo-realistic oil paintings specially commissioned by Genesis. Volume 2 reveals each stage of Klaus' design process. Starting with rough sketches of his memories, Klaus reconstructed scenes using actors and photography to create a visual reference for each finished painting.
Introduced by George Harrison and Paul McCartney Hamburg Days is a two volume boxed set. Strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies worldwide, each is co-signed by Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann.Volume 1 - This 228-page volume presents Klaus Voormann and Astrid Kirchherr's story in more than 80,000 words, with drawings by Voormann and the complete collection of Kirchherr's Hamburg photographs.
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A chronicle of The Beatles' residency in Hamburg, 1960-63. George Harrison introduces this co-signed, two-volume boxed set that celebrates The Beatles through the photographs of Astrid Kirchherr and the art of Klaus Voormann.
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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