- Hardcover: 442 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat; 1 edition (June 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617131202
- ISBN-13: 978-1617131202
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 885 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ringo: With a Little Help Hardcover – Jun 1 2015
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About the Author
Michael Seth Starr (Northern New Jersey) is the TV Editor for The New York Post, where he's written about television for the past twenty years. He is a native of Northern New Jersey, and has authored biographies of Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, Bobby Darin, Raymond Burr and Redd Foxx. And no – he is not related to Ringo Starr.
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I don't know of any else with a first or last name of Ringo, but when the Beatles first came on the scene, supposedly he took his name from the numerous rings he used to wear on his fingers. The actual song doesn't even have a tune, except for the 2 line chorus Ringooooo.....Ringooooo....., nevertheless it made a recording star out of all people, Lorne Greene, aka Ben Cartwright.
Now Ringo Starr just wasn't only the drummer for the Beatles, he also wrote and sang in every genre, ROCK ('It Don't Come Easy'), Pop 'Back Off Bugaloo') Ballad('Photograph') Oldies('You're Sixteen') Novelty('Yellow Submarine') Country('Act Naturally') among others.
Ringo also became a movie star, acted in Candy (1968), The Magic Christian (1969), Blindman (1971), Son of Dracula (1974) and the cult classic Caveman (1981), where he met his current wife Barbara Bach. I also remember him in a spaghetti western, where he played the role of a 'gringo'. I can't remember if any of the other Beatles ever had any movie roles other than in their own films - A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), and Let It Be (1970),
So Ringo has led an interesting life, He's now 75 Years old!!!!!, same as Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, and yet they all look and act like they're still in their 30's.
Ringo : With A Little Help is a biography and the author states in his introduction that he tried to contact and get interviews with Ringo, but never got replies, and that Ringo eventually stated on the internet that he had no contributions to this book. So most of the information for this book was taken from a variety of printed sources, which by the way are all documented in the Notes section. There are 16 pages of photgraphs, if you grew up with the Beatles, you will probably recognize some of them.
This book reads a lot like a documentary of his life, there is a lot of information, perhaps more than I needed, at times it became repetitive and started to lose my interest. I also found that the Typeset of this book to be too small, not the kind of style that a 'zoomer' prefers. Still, there is a lot of information that you will learn, especially in the later years after The Beatles broke up. One of the facts that I found really interesting is that when the Beatles performed in a concert at the Montreal Forum (p.134) ,a concert that I attended, he received death threats from French Canadian separatists, so he purposely turned his cymbals toward the audience for whatever little protection he could get.The Beatles were so disgusted, they left Montreal that night and never returned and Ringo called it "the worst gig of my life". This book would be of interest to Beatle fans, as it it unlikely that he will ever write his own autobiography.
BRAVO TO RINGO....ROCK ON FOREVER!!!!!