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Photograph Hardcover – September 21, 2015
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These photographs divide into Ringo as a child (I found him easily enough in the picture of him at school – see whether you can do the same!), his adolescence, his time in Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and then, of course, the Beatles. There are a few post-Beatles, but the bulk of this book takes us up to the mid-Sixties. Along the way are wonderful bits of memorabilia – such as letters from Brian Epstein and Rory Storm – and great glimpses of Beatlemania from the inside (pictures taken from hotel rooms, of fans leaning to get a glimpse of a Beatle and of Mal and Neil, who formed pretty much the core of their entourage during those touring years).
The book encompasses the early years; including filming, “A Hard Day’s Night,” and trips to Paris, Miami, India and Japan. and show the Beatles relaxed and at ease. If you are not a Beatles fan, this book probably will not mean much to you. If you are a fan, you will pore over every page. I particularly liked the photo’s of a young Richy and there are portraits of John and Paul in the studio that are easily as good as a professional photographer could have taken. A great glimpse into Ringo’s personal photographs and I am sure all fans thank him for sharing these with us.
Superlative in every way.
Although Ringo does not offer more than a cursory comment about each photograph, seeing the photographs was what made a good book even better.
Readers walk down the Long & Winding Road with Ringo from his earliest days in the Dingle where he grew up; his protracted and traumatic illnesses to his musical career which changed his life and ultimately the world. Ringo's early days at Butlin's Holiday Camp where many musicians convened is covered; so is his stint with Rory Storm and later, as of August 16, 1962 the Beatles! (Prior to becoming a Beatle, Ringo often sat in for their former drummer Pete Best. Ringo was plainly a good fit and a good match for the final line up of the Fab Four.)
Ringo has always been distinctive in appearance; even as a boy he is readily recognizable in school photographs. Readers literally watch Ringo grow up in this book by the photographs of him at various stages in his life. Since Ringo's days as a Beatle are what draws people to this book, the majority of this book covers his days drumming with the Beatles. There are some post-Beatles' photographs in the book as well.
I loved the inclusion of memorabilia such as letters and Ringo's own personal accounts of the traumatic illnesses he endured. For years I have wanted to hear his take on it as it sounded truly terrifying to me.Read more ›
What a delight! My wife and I sifted through every page when she opened the book on Christmas morning. The photos are amazing, but the part we really enjoyed were the captions by Ringo Starr. They are written in such a way as to make you feel he is sitting right next to you sharing his memories. So casual, so cool, so Ringo. Even my cousin loved the book! #Win! And the 3D cover effect is neat too.
This book makes a perfect gift, as well as a wonderful addition to your coffee table, and is sure to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
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"it's just that moment captured on film; that's what great about photography."
It's hard to imagine tht after 50 years, there are still new photos and stories left to... Read more
This book was a birthday gift to me, and what a gift! Ringo's voice and personality come through so clearly in the text, I felt as though we were sitting down together looking... Read morePublished 18 days ago by PennyAuntie
Looking at old photographs from various collections of books documenting the history of The Beatles, the images and illustrations speak of the many hours of the days that the band... Read morePublished 19 days ago by R. DelParto
A very interesting look inside the Beatles from a completely unique perspective.Published 1 month ago by Scotty Dog
Wonderful pics of Ringo, The Beatles, his mom and many others, Love it!Published 2 months ago by Billy K. Howell