With A Little Help

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"The first book to cover the entire arc of Ringo Starr's life and career, from his birth in Liverpool to the present day. Ringo: With a Little Help, is the first in-depth biography of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who kept the beat for an entire generation and who remains a rock icon over fifty years since the Beatles took the world by storm. With a Little Help traces the entire arc of Ringo's remarkable life and career, from his sickly childhood to his life as The World's Most Famous drummer to his triumphs, addictions, and emotional battles following the breakup of the Beatles as he comes to terms with his legacy. Born in 1940 as Richard Starkey in the Dingle, one of Liverpool's most gritty, rough-and-tumble neighborhoods, he rose from a hardscrabble childhood marked by serious illnesses, long hospital stays, and little schooling to emerge, against all odds, as a locally renowned drummer. Taking the stage name Ringo Starr, his big break with the beatles rocketed him to the pinnacle of worldwide acclaim in a remarkably short time. He was the last member of the beatles to join the group but also the most vulnerable, and his post-beatles career was marked by chart-topping successes, a jet-setting life of excess and alcohol abuse, and, ultimately, his rebirth as one of rock's revered elder statesman."-- Publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, ©2015
ISBN: 9781617131202
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 STA 2015
Characteristics: xi, 426 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: With a little help


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I've always wondered: why is ringo 'so influential' if he is 'such a bad drummer?' it's worth pondering. "The dissolution of his marriage to Maureen and his slow march toward alcoholism was taking its toll on Richard Starkey. But to the outside world, Ringo Starr was at the top of his game." " BAD BOY was released in the UK on April 21, its U.S. release delayed until mid-June." " ' Once Harry Nilsson and I ended up in Australia looking for Johann Strauss, we met Robert Altman instead and finished up in a hotel in Denmark and I believe we had a heated discussion halfway through dinner...and the end result was I ended up in Greece with somebody, in Athens!' " "Recording got under way at Super Bear studios in France, with Ringo and Paul recording four songs, two of which, PRIVATE PROPERTY, and ATTENTION, were written by Paul. They also recorded a cover version of Carl Perkins' SURE TO FALL, and Ringo's CAN'T FIGHT LIGHTNING. The production moved to Cherokee Studios, where Ringo recorded Ronnie Wood's DEAD GIVEAWAY, which they co-produced. Nilsson wrote and produced DRUMMING IS MY MADNESS....Ringo flew to New York in November, where he met with John Lennon at the Dakota. They agreed to record a song John had written for Ringo, called NOBODY TOLD ME. John thought it perfect for Ringo. They booked some studio time in New York for mid-January to record the songs, which included a demo of LIFE BEGINS AT 40, both of which John planned to produce for Ringo's new album."

Jul 20, 2018

Billed as the first true biography of the Beatles drummer, but without his cooperation, or consent (a similar--but far more thorough--book about Paul McCartney did have McCartney's consent, meaning his friends were encouraged to cooperate). Learned a few things, especially about his childhood, and his massive drinking problems that lasted into his 50s. And maybe part of that was the juxtaposition of fans idolizing him, while so many critics questioned his drumming ability. Interesting read, but also riddled with editing flaws, like repeated words and sentences. Not sure how that happens. Well, I know *how* it happens, but it shouldn't.

Radharc Feb 16, 2016

Good bio, could have been great if it wasn't for the author's continual fan-boy gushing smattered throughout the book. Ringo has nothing to do with this book, as mentioned in the author's forward - that alone should have warranted the inclusion of the word "unauthorized" to the title of the book. Seems to me that the number of pages dedicated to "notes" and "sources" was a bit much...

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