The world just does not seem to run out of its insatiable appetite for anything Beatles. Nearly 50 years have passed since the four lads from Liverpool burst into the pop music scene, and the momentum of that meteoric appearance seems to have hardly diminished. Not only did they make an incredible impact on music, but create an indelible mark on pop culture history as well. Beatlemania of the 60’s came about with shrieking, hysterical fans worshipping this talented quartet that consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The band formed in the late 50’s as purveyors of Rock and Roll, but their music would evolve later into varied genres and styles, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock tunes, fusing classical and other music elements in ground-breaking ways. In spite of their break-up in 1970, that event did little to diminish the world’s obsession on their individual lives and post Beatle era careers. John Lennon’s tragic murder in 1980 dashed any hopes for a much fantasized about, but always elusive reunion, and George Harrison’s death due to cancer in 2001 left any semblance of even a pseudo reformation gone.
Some pleasant surprises, however, still manage to surface regarding the Fab Four legend. Ringo Starr apparently dabbled in more than just his Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl drums during the heady days of the 60’s. It appears that he also tinkered quite a bit with a camera, as these never before seen photographs he totally forgot about surfaced very recently.
The pictures are showcased in an e-book and feature over 100 images of the Beatles taken by Starr in the 1960s. The collection is said to have shots of John, Paul, George and Ringo taken during the insane U.S. tour, images from their first visit to India as well as some photographs from their final days as a four piece band.
Starr chanced upon the images tucked away in boxes shortly after his mother passed away. Pictures from his childhood in Liverpool and family gatherings are also be part of the e-book.
The worldwide release was last June 12th. The collection is simply called Photograph, and can be ordered at www.RingoPhotograph.com. For hardcore Beatle enthusiasts, a hand-bound, limited-edition, version is forthcoming in December. Here are some photos that will appear in the Photograph collection.