"This is how we saw most of the world when it got big for the Beatles," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ringo Starr of his PHOTOGRAPH tome from Genesis Publications. "You'll find several of the shots in this book are from my point of view, looking out of a car window. That's just how it was. You had to get to the gig, and then get away from the gig to wherever you were going next."
PHOTOGRAPH gives rock fans a first-hand look into Starr's life behind – and away from – the drum kit. With more than 250 rare and unseen photographs from Starr's personal collection, PHOTOGRAPH compiles mementos and memories from his childhood, the Beatles and beyond. "I love pictures put together, showing different times of your life," says Starr. "At the time, I never thought that there would be a whole book of my photographs."
Beatles fans will get rare and candid looks into the Fab Four's inner circle, with photos of George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon through the decades, with early archival material, beautiful black and white photographs, psychedelic special effects, stunning color shots and polaroids. There are also moments captured with 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Brian Epstein. (pictured (l-r): Brian Epstein and Paul McCartney with the Beatles in 1964 / photo courtesy of Genesis Publications and Ringo Starr).
Some of the earliest photos, found among Starr's mother's scrapbooks, show a young Richard Starkey growing up in Liverpool amidst the excitement of the emerging Merseybeat scene. Photos are captioned with personal recollections of his time in hospital, his ﬁrst car, drum kits, girls and bands on his "road of happy drumming."
And just how did Ringo Starr get his name? "When we went to Butlins, we all changed our names," recalls Starr. "I was being called 'Rings' in Liverpool because I wore a lot of rings, so I became Ringo Starkey. But that didn't really work, so I just took the '-key' off and called myself 'Ringo Starr,' and that has been my name ever since."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Library and Archives is pleased to feature three new books generously donated by Genesis Publications: Transformer by Lou Reed and Mick Rock, Six-String Stories: The Crossroads Guitars by Eric Clapton and PHOTOGRAPH by Ringo Starr. The Library and Archives is also home to a selection of other Beatles-related books previously donated by Genesis, including Concert for George. These beautiful publications, many of which are signed by the authors, will be on display in the Library and Archives’ main reading room or available for viewing on request. Visit the Library and Archives today!