Ringo Starr is bringing a new memoir to fans just in time for the holidays.
The famed Beatles drummer recently published a memoir titled Beats & Threads through Julien’s Auctions’ publishing division. The illustrated book is filled with photos of his legendary drum kits and iconic wardrobe. The 312-page project also shows “never-before-seen intimate moments of Ringo’s illustrious life and career.”
Starr shares his intimate personal and career memories in Beats & Threads as well. The biopic came together with the help of musician and historian Gary Astridge.
“This immense tribute to the enduring influence and time-transcending impact of the Fab Four members is a ticket to ride through fashion and Beatles history and gets back to why Ringo’s trend-setting threads were as signature as the beat of his drums,” writes the publisher.
Beats and Threads is on sale now for $80. Deluxe, signed limited editions are also available for up to $750 each. All proceeds are going to the Lotus Foundation. The charitable organization helps a wide breadth of causes, including but not limited to substance abuse, social welfare, cerebral palsy, cancer, brain tumors, battered women and children, animals in need, and homelessness.
“I enjoyed getting it together with the help of Gary, Scotty, and Julien’s,” Ringo wrote in a press release. “And I hope you enjoy it too! Peace and love, Ringo.”
Ringo Starr Helps Bring a New Beatles Single to Fans
The book comes on the heels of another nostalgic release. Ringo Starr and his former bandmate Paul McCartney just teamed up to record a new single by the Beatles.
Now and Then—written by the late John Lennon—hit music streamers and radio waves on Nov. 3. The tune, which is being dubbed as The Last Beatles Song, captures Lennon on vocals and George Harrison, who passed in 2001, on guitar and McCartney and Lennon with accompaniment.
Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, gifted McCartney recordings of the song that Lennon had made shortly before his death in 1980. McCartney, Harrison, and Starr attempted to turn the tapes into a single decades ago. But the low-quality sound made it impossible at the time, so McCartney tucked it away and nearly forgot about it.
In 2021, McCartney and Starr partnered with filmmaker Peter Jackson to create the docuseries The Beatles: Get Back in 2021. During that time, Jackson learned of Now and Then and used his advanced movie magic skills to bring Lennon’s voice to a new recording that included his former group members.
“It’s not a classic in the sense of I Am the Walrus or Penny Lane — it’s not complex like that,” Jackson told The Sunday Times on Nov. 4. “It’s simple, but it’s got a haunting quality. Whenever anyone asks why I like the Beatles, I just say they make me happy. With the world in the state it is, we need the Beatles to appear again, as if a flying saucer has touched down and they’ve got off and are providing us with their one last song to cheer us up.”
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