Ringo Starr's Unseen Personal Beatles Photos Coming in E-Book

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Friday, 31 May 2013 01:41 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Just when you think you have seen it all from The Beatles, its ex-drummer Ringo Starr promises something new in an upcoming e-book in the name of unseen personal photographs at the height of the group's popularity.

"Photograph," which will be released on Apple's iBookstore on June 12, will coincide with a Grammy Museum exhibit on Starr, entitled "Ringo: Peace & Love," the book's publishers told Reuters on Wednesday.

"These are shots that no one else could have," said the 72-year-old Starr in a statement. A limited-edition, hand-bound book signed by Starr will be available for purchase in December.

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Starr will give fans an intimate view of his life, revealing photos tracing his childhood to the fame and surreal days as a member of the Fab Four with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Beatles followers will get new behind-the-scenes candid photos of the Beatles in their daily lives and Starr's travel photography when the band toured the world.

For another personal touch, Starr recorded videos featuring commentary to accompany the e-book.

Broken up since 1970, The Beatles and their music remain popular and existing members enjoy a loyal fan base. In April, the door to Paul McCartney's childhood home was sold at auction for 5,000 pounds, or roughly $7,950. The auction attracted 80 people who placed bids on the door of home McCartney lived in from 1955 to 1964.

“It is an odd thing to offer and a curious thing to put a value on – 5,000 pounds is a serious price,” said auctioneer Chris Albury at the time.

One critic explained one reason for the group's longevity is that they broke up while still making hit records. Lennon would be later killed by Mark David Chapman in 1980 and Harrison would die of cancer in 2001.

"They had the good sense to break up at the height of their creativity," said Beatles scholar Martin Lewis. "It wasn't planned, but it was the best move ever. The result is we never had to endure the embarrassment of The Beatles going disco or getting a middle-age paunch.

"They left seven years of brilliantly recorded music and a perfect corpse that kept the mystique and beauty of The Beatles intact."

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