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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081184613X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811846134
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ringo loved to receive mail, especially from his band mates. Didn't matter much what the notes said—"everything here is still going well, except we miss you," "doing nothing at all" or "YOU ARE THE GREATEST DRUMMER IN THE WORLD"—he saved them, and now, 38 years after getting a postcard from Paul from Spain ("not understanding a word but having fun"), he shares them in this intimate, funny and moving collection. The fronts of the cards are displayed on left-hand pages—there are Copenhagen rooftops, topless Zulu women, topless Australian scuba divers, Prince Charles, the Statue of Liberty, topless Hawaiian ukulele players—while the backs appear on right-hand pages. The notes allow readers into an insider club of sorts, shedding light on the good, the bad and making music, and Ringo offers commentary below each one. For example, after a note from John and Yoko saying, "Who'd have thought it would come to this...." Ringo recalls, "This was a hell time because it was the family break-up." Another card, from Paul, reads, "YOU GOT THAT SOMETHING." Asks Ringo, "What was happening in my life here? Do you know?" Perhaps what these missives best illuminate is the deep friendship that existed among "the boys," despite all that was going on with the Beatles and in the world, proving, perhaps, that all you need is love. 100+ color photos.
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Ringo loved to receive mail, especially from his band mates. Didn't matter much what the notes said "everything here is still going well, except we miss you," "doing nothing at all" or "YOU ARE THE GREATEST DRUMMER IN THE WORLD" he saved them, and now, 38 years after getting a postcard from Paul from Spain ("not understanding a word but having fun"), he shares them in this intimate, funny and moving collection. The fronts of the cards are displayed on left-hand pages-there are Copenhagen rooftops, topless Zulu women, topless Australian scuba divers, Prince Charles, the Statue of Liberty, topless Hawaiian ukulele players-while the backs appear on right-hand pages. The notes allow readers into an insider club of sorts, shedding light on the good, the bad and making music, and Ringo offers commentary below each one. For example, after a note from John and Yoko saying, "Who'd have thought it would come to this...." Ringo recalls, "This was a hell time because it was the family break-up." Another card, from Paul, reads, "YOU GOT THAT SOMETHING." Asks Ringo, "What was happening in my life here? Do you know?" Perhaps what these missives best illuminate is the deep friendship that existed among "the boys," despite all that was going on with the Beatles and in the world, proving, perhaps, that all you need is love. -Publishers Weekly

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Kudos to Ringo for sharing with us!
C. Moulton
Postcards From The Boys by Ringo Starr, What a wonderful personal look into Ringo's personal friendships with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon.
Dr. John Carpenter
I recommend it for anyone who loves the Fab Four... and I highly reccomend it for anyone who is a TRUE BEATLES FAN.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By K. Kraus VINE VOICE on September 26, 2004
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I had a chance to page through the Genesis Publications version of this book that sells for about $600, I think, and I had to be careful not to drool on it so they wouldn't make me buy it! That book comes packaged in a replica of a red metal British post office box. The postcards, though fake, look incredibly realistic, as they are glued in like you would glue real postcards into a photo album. They are limited to 2,500 and Ringo signs each one. But since I can buy 35 of these books for less than one of the Genesis versions, I'll stick with this. I was so happy when I found out there was going to be a cheaper version so everyone could enjoy the postcards. I love reading the personal, sometimes silly messages the Beatles wrote to Ringo. Since they were never really intended for public viewing, you get to see the Beatles as just four close, normal friends. This is evidenced by the way they addressed most of the cards to Richard Starkey, Ringo's real name. I especially like the funny messages and drawings on John Lennon's postcards. This book is a really fun piece of Beatles history, and I am glad Ringo saved all those cards years ago!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Halevi on September 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In one interview or another over the years, all four Fabs have commented that nobody outside of the four of them can really know what it was like being a Beatle. This book, really quite simple, unpretentious and unassuming, takes us more inside their world than any previous one ever has, ever could. There are some funny little holes too - dates that Ringo gets wrong in his text that the editor let slide, for example - but these add to the genuine quality of this humble collection of priceless scribbles, doodles and scrawls. The more you know about the Beatles, the more you will get out of this book.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K. Mueller on November 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books you come back to because it is so neat... you will also want to share it with your friends.

I purchased a copy of this book for myself as well as one for my brother (as a Christmas present). The quality of the print is excellent where you get to view postcards in great detail (front and back). Many of these will make you laugh and some might even make you cry. It is amazing how reviewing many of these postcards will take you back in time.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Moulton on September 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful little book, what a great peek into the lives of the Beatles. Genesis publications put out a collectors edition of this book that sold for $500+ - what a bagain at under $20! Of course, this version is nowhere near as fancy, but delivers the same content in an affordable format. Nicely done, and Ringo's cut goes to charity, just like the Genesis version. Kudos to Ringo for sharing with us!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roy Wilbury on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book features a really neat concept, one which was executed fairly well but ultimately is a bit disappointing.

The book features reproductions of postcards written by John, Paul, and George to Ringo over the years. On the plus side, the reproductions are done well in this book. They are as clear as they possibly can be I suppose (the problem is usually messy handwriting). Also worth noting is that Ringo includes postcards not only from the 60's while the Beatles were still together, but from the 70's and 80's and on well after their split.

The problem is that only some of the postcards are interesting. Few are particularly revealing. Some are interesting only because they are cryptic or so specific to an event at the time that neither the reader nor Ringo can figure out what the author of the postcard is talking about! Other postcards are literally nothing more than messages along the lines of "Hi Ringo, Love So-and-So".

Ringo adds short captions to the postcards. Some of these are entertaining (particularly Ringo's reference to having played at a Beach Boys concert, but only knowing he played because someone showed him a photo of it!), but there is also the feeling on some of these captions that space is simply being filled because each card has to have a caption. How else would Ringo even be going off on a tangent about the Beach Boys in a caption of a postcard from one of the other Beatles?

Some of the messages are endearing and interesting, and some of the actual choices of what types of postcards to send Ringo are also pretty funny.

Ultimately, I don't think the book could have been any better than this. This is the collection of postcards Ringo had. (I'm just assuming he isn't holding back any for some reason).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Redabook on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about this book when I got it. I mean, Ringo? Over the years he has probably done less writing (of an autobiographical sort) than the other Beatles and so I wasn't sure what to expect here. Fortunately, Postcards from the Boys is just what you would want from the former fourth Fab.

This is essentially a collection of postcards that Ringo got over the years from the other Beatles. They are nicely reproduced, both front and rear, and Ringo has made comments about each one and the conditions under which he received it. The little recollections are charming, humorous, and written by someone with a lot of heart. Though his insights are often not very deep, or his memory is a bit fuzzy, to me this was part of the charm.

What you won't find here is a lot of consistency. The blurbs, when put together, don't tell any particular over-arcing narrative. In fact, they don't really even involve events that are necessarily important in the lives of their prestigious authors. That's part of why this book stands out. It is more like sitting with a friend who is showing you some of their prized mementos than reading a book by a famous person. And though Paul, George, and Paul aren't directly involved, peeping at these postcards is a surprisingly intimate look at some famous friendships.

Pick this book up if you find it at a good price. It's a fun read.
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