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From a Private German Collection
The kind letter from George updating his dear friend Astrid of his new address written at the top of the first page and again at the bottom of the last page as a reminder. George's move from Upton Green the family home he had lived since the age of 6 years old was a sign of the start of the band's success. He was still only 19 at this point, as he tells Astrid about a recent fight he had been in where he got a black eye. Followed shortly by being knocked down by a bus on his way home from the hospital. He goes on to tell her about recording "Love Me Do" and the re-recording of the B side which was originally, according to George, "How Do You Do".
On the third page of the letter George updates Astrid on the band's new look, which includes suits that are dark brown. Astrid, the quintessential Mod many believe was instrumental in starting the band's makeover, away from the Teddy-Boy look when she met them in Hamburg. Additionally to the new clothes George mentions excitedly about his and John's new Gibson jumbo guitars. These matching Gibson J-160s are documented being used at numerous concerts such as The Operation Big Beat in September 1962, and there are still images of them using the Gibson's performing for Granada TV. George also expresses joy at their new amplifiers, another sign that after all their hard work the band were starting to see some of their due rewards.
Please note this letter dates from 1963 and not as catalogued