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May 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ringo Starr has decided to share his photographs taken before, during and after his time as a member of the Beatles in “Photograph,” first to be published June 12 as an e-book, and later this year in physical form. “These are shots no one else could have,” Starr said in a statement with the announcement of the book, coming in conjunction with the Grammy Museum's new “Ringo: Peace & Love” exhibition focusing on Starr's career, the first major museum look devoted to the drummer's life and music.
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February 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was the pop culture equivalent of the Big Bang, a televised moment that changed music for decades to come. Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles made their U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as 73 million people tuned in, the largest audience in history at that time. The English band's appearance ignited American hysteria over the group and its music on a scale unmatched to this day. In the shorthand of history, it appears to be a moment of spontaneous combustion.
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July 5, 2012 | Ed Stockly
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February 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
As the countdown continues toward Sunday's 50 th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, more activities are on tap to mark the occasion. Capitol Records will project a photo of the Fab Four in front of an American flag-- not coincidentally the same shot used on the cover of the newly released box set “The Beatles - The U.S. Albums” - onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. The projection also will include The Beatles 50 logo created for the occasion.
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June 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ringo Starr was never known as a songwriting Beatle -- that honor went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney first, with George Harrison far behind. And far behind that was drummer Ringo. But now Starr, born Richard Starkey, is writing a children's book based on one of those rarities, the second song he ever wrote: "Octopus's Garden. " Simon & Schuster Children's Books will publish a picture book based on the song, which appeared on the Beatles album "Abbey Road," in October in Britain and January 2014 in the U.S. “It's an honor to publish such a music legend,” Jon Stewart, Simon & Schuster Childrens' Books president and publisher, said in a statement.
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March 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Grammy Museum will put up its third salute to a Beatle with the June 12 opening of “Ringo: Peace and Love,” billed as “the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr.” It's also touted as the first major U.S. exhibition focusing on a rock drummer. Museum officials have gathered previously unpublished photos, correspondence and film footage as well as iconic items from Starr's career. Some of the notable artifacts include the drum kits he played when the Beatles performed historic concerts on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and at Shea Stadium in New York, his military-inspired costume from “Sgt.
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September 10, 1985 | From United Press international
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr "is delighted" to become the first member of the Fab Four to become a grandfather, a spokeswoman said Monday. The 45-year-old Starr, who rocketed to fame as one of the four mop-topped lads from Liverpool in the 1960s, became a grandfather over the weekend when his daughter-in-law gave birth to a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce girl, marking a new milestone as the Beatles advance into middle age.
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December 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
During my recent interview with author Mark Lewisohn about his monumental new biography of the Beatles, “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” he very briefly let slip a comment that might qualify as favoritism, something that doesn't figure into the book itself, an even-handed, deeply researched account not only of the group itself but also of the world they entered and eventually changed with their music. At 944 pages, it's an imposing book, all the more so when you realize it's the first of three volumes, the other two expected to land successively six or seven years down the line from the first installment.
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October 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ringo Starr may have gotten by with a little help from his friends, but he got around with a little help from his cars. One of which is now headed to auction. Bonhams auction house announced Thursday that it will be selling Starr's 1964 Facel Vega Facel II at a London auction on Dec. 1. The car is estimated to sell for $485,000 to $566,000. "As Ringo drove this car, he would have listened on the car radio to the Beatles' total domination of the pop charts," said Sholto Gilbertson, a director in the Bonhams collector car department.
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October 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Conventional wisdom about the Beatles' arrival in the United States in February 1964 for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is that it was a watershed cultural moment---for Americans. Beatlemania, however, had already been raging back home in England, and in the days before global telecasts were commonplace, the band's journey to the States didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the British. Except for a certain four young Liverpudlians. PHOTOS: 'The Early Beatles Collection' “The Americans will never understand it, but all the music we loved came from America,” Ringo Starr told Pop & Hiss on Wednesday following a brief performance for media and a few invited fans to preview his upcoming tour of Mexico and South America, which opens Tuesday (Oct.
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February 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On Feb.. 7, 1964 -- 50 years ago today -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in the United States and in so doing turned Beatlemania worldwide. “It is now 6:30 a.m., Beatle time,” enthused a WMCA radio DJ. “They left London thirty minutes ago. They're out over the Atlantic Ocean, headed for New York. The temperature is 32 Beatle degrees.” That little piece of hype comes from Philip Norman's 1981 group biography " Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation ," which remains one of the two or three best books I've ever read about the band.
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February 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Beatles fans who want to go the extra mile -- literally -- to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's storming of America can hop on the 101 Freeway on Sunday and head to Camarillo for an exhibition of some rare and in some cases previously unpublished photos of the group's first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 1964. Fred Ward, a National Geographic photographer and writer, was on freelance assignment and covered the Beatles' arrival by train in Washington two days after their barnstorming debut performance Feb. 9, 1964, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Previously, Ward had been photographing high level political figures including President Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and he also shot Elvis Presley circa 1956.
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January 31, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Dave Grohl was on his way to rehearsals for a TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the panic set in. "Suddenly it hit me: Maybe I ought to listen to the record again before we rehearse it," the founding member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters said of his impending run-through of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with guitarists Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. for "The Night That...
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January 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Who better to inspire a little help from your friends than Ringo Starr? That appeared to be the thought process for filmmaker David Lynch in seeking an honoree to headline a benefit for his foundation, which was created to promote Transcendental Meditation to schoolchildren, military veterans, victims of domestic abuse and others. On Monday at the El Rey Theatre, Lynch presented the ex-Beatle with a hefty award in recognition of Starr's “lifetime of Peace & Love”  during an evening that featured an abundance of the drummer's friends and fans.
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December 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
More than a quarter century after the U.S. versions of the Beatles' albums went out of print, all will be reissued individually and in a 13-CD boxed set on Jan. 21 (a day earlier in the rest of the world) in conjunction with various commemorations of the group's arrival in the States 50 years ago. The group's albums were issued in the U.S.  in drastically different form than the original U.K. versions, in many cases with different album artwork and song lineups as well as added audio effects that were roundly criticized by the Beatles and their longtime producer, George Martin.
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December 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
During my recent interview with author Mark Lewisohn about his monumental new biography of the Beatles, “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” he very briefly let slip a comment that might qualify as favoritism, something that doesn't figure into the book itself, an even-handed, deeply researched account not only of the group itself but also of the world they entered and eventually changed with their music. At 944 pages, it's an imposing book, all the more so when you realize it's the first of three volumes, the other two expected to land successively six or seven years down the line from the first installment.
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July 22, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Wanted: Accomplished musician for touring rock band. Minimum 25 years' professional experience. Ideal candidate has at least two Top 40 hits, maximum four from the 1960s or '70s; '80s may be acceptable. Plays one or more instruments -- not drums. Compensation: to be determined. Fringe benefits: playing with a Beatle. Not that Ringo Starr ever had to place an ad in the Recycler, but that's the gist of what the ex-Beatle has called for every couple of years when he gets the itch to hit the road with his All-Starr Band, which wrapped up its five-week U.S. tour Saturday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
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June 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ringo Starr joined Paul McCartney, the other surviving member of the Beatles, in permitting digital sales of his recordings. Starr, the band's drummer, also signed a new contract with EMI Group's Capitol label, EMI said. Starr's Capitol catalog of solo recordings will be available for downloads Aug. 28. The Beatles haven't given permission for sales of the band's music through online stores such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes.
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November 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The connection between the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the eruption of Beatlemania in the U.S. a little more than two months later when the group showed up on “The Ed Sullivan Show” has long been established. The joy in the group's new sound and look, played out on the faces of Sullivan's audience full of screaming teenagers, gave a grieving nation a much-needed reason to smile once again. What's less well-remembered is that the Sullivan show was not the group's first TV exposure in the U.S. In fact, before that historic night, even before talk-show host Jack Paar showed a performance clip of the Fab Four on his show a month before they arrived in the States to play live for Sullivan, Mike Wallace and CBS News were the first to tell a national audience about the phenomenon of Beatlemania then sweeping England.
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November 13, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
I don't own anything close to a complete John Tavener discography. But I do have a foot-high stack of his CDs that I happened to stumble over in a closet not long ago. It got me wondering, not for the first time, what to make of the British composer who, by strange coincidence, died at 69 on Tuesday. A lot of people over the years have wondered the same thing about Tavener's numinous music, with its flamboyant, exotic spirituality. Always wanting to weed out CDs, I first looked for some that could go. A few were still in shrink wrap; would I ever listen to them?
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