Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ringo: With a Little Help by Michael Seth Starr

Ringo: With a Little Help
by Michael Seth Starr [Biography Starr] 

If you’re looking forward to seeing Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band perform at Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl this summer, here’s something to help you prep for it. This hefty 2015 biography by journalist/editor/biographer Michael Seth Starr (no relation, obviously, since Ringo’s given name is Richard Starkey but a nice coincidence) goes into great detail about the life and times of “the last Beatle.” The author’s fondness for the little drummer with the big nose is evident but he also chronicles the events, circumstances, and relationships of Ringo’s life with multiple perspectives and extensive research. From a wartime hard-scrabble and sickly beginning to fame as a teenage teddy-boy drummer who graduated to the rock-n-roll ranks with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes before John Lennon and company gave him a better offer, Ritchie Starkey’s childhood and youth alone would have made a compelling story, but to add in the fact that he became legendary in his own lifetime as a member of perhaps the most recognizable pop/rock band in history is even better. Add in his acting roles, his business ventures, his marriages and affairs, and his friendships with famous musicians and actors in addition to his relationships to John, Paul & George, and you have some engrossing reading. Now-days all about “Peace and Love”, Ringo is enjoying the fruits of his early labors, his escape from addictions, and a settled family life. Ringo and his wife, the American actress Barbara Bach, live part of each year in America, grateful to the nation that welcomed him with open arms when many of his fellow countrymen viewed him negatively for replacing Pete Best in the Beatles lineup. The book includes two small photo sections and an epilogue in which some famous contemporary drummers give their assessment of his skill and influence. Interestingly, Ringo did not endorse this tome, which seems arbitrary, given the love and time that went into it, but maybe that is just one cost of such a level of fame — not being able to trust what’s written, or have the time to review it, about yourself..

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Beatles Anthology, by The Beatles, or the DVDs A Hard Day’s Night, and Help!.] [ official Michael Seth Starr author web site ] | [ official Ringo Starr web site ]

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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