Ringo Starr: Photograph

Affordable version of 2013’s photo-memoir.

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Ringo points out that in most of the Beatles-era photos here, the band members are holding drinks, cigarettes and cameras. “That’s just the way it was.”

No other snapper got up close and personal like their drummer, who was in John, Paul and George’s faces as they recorded, travelled, played Monopoly, larked around in swimming trunks, pulled comedy Elvis poses and ate toast.

The four lived on the road in two rooms for years: he had access all areas. “These are shots that no one else could have,” he’s stated correctly.

In pictures and (15,000) dry, jovial words, this covers Starr’s childhood, time in hospital, first drum kit, cars and girls, the Merseybeat scene and those Beatles years, through to the All-Starr Band; from obscurity to hyper-stardom; “from Pwllheli to Delhi”. Royalties go to the Lotus Foundation.

Beatlephiles will be thrilled that he found these monochrome memories in some cardboard boxes.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.