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The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia Paperback – 7 Feb 2011


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539224
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ringo Starr was the genuine working-class member of the Beatles. Born into poverty in a tiny house in Liverpool's Dingle area, deserted by his father, he suffered years of illness which seriously affected his schoolwork. Despite having all the odds against him, he became one of the most famous people on the planet.

With a kit bought for him by his stepfather, he taught himself to play the drums and soon became one of the most acclaimed drummers in Liverpool - just as the famed 'Mersey Sound' was being created - as a member of Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, a group billed above the Beatles. He made his first appearance with the Fab Four in Hamburg during a recording session. The rest is history.

Ringo became the most popular member of the group while in America during the 'British Invasion'. George Martim described him as 'the cement that held the Beatles together'.

His story is inspiring: from humble beginnings to mega-stardom; dating a succession of beautiful models and actresses ; marriage to Bond Girl Barbara Bach; and fabulous wealth and recognition as a recording star and actor in his own right.

The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia completes the Virgin series on the individual Beatles and in the most comprehensive book about Ringo Starr ever written.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author Bill Harry was the first person to write about the Beatles on a regular basis and has written more about them than any other writer. a friend of the group since their origin, he coined the phrase 'Mersey Beat' and launched the newspaper of the same name, a move wich led to Brian Epstein discovering the Beatles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beatlesfan on 2 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I recieved this book for a Christmas present, & i am very pleased with it. The information is interesting & well written i would definetly recommend it to any Beatles/Ringo Starr fans out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dominique on 14 Jun. 2010
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MANY DETAILS on all the songs ,albums Ringo made with the Beatles and in solo .Also all his contributions in the films as actor and all the people he worked with. VERY COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA !
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I'm very happy for received this book. I'm a beatle fan and books dedicated to the figure of Ringo Starr does not exist.
Another volume for my beatle collection. Thank you very much
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By Mat Snow on 22 Oct. 2014
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Great!
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
ringo the great 6 July 2007
By Dennis York - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this hoping there would be some text/narration of Ringo's life,esp. before the Beatles. It is truly an encyclopedia and as such is more of a reference book than something to read.I suppose that the movie "That'll be the Day" in which Ringo essentially plays himself during the period of his life pre-Beatles working at a Butlin's-like holiday camp is the closest we can come to getting a glimpse into the "real" Ringo. Ringo was a greaser-rocker (Like the rest of the beatles) and the movie is almost a mini-bio (it's either "that'll be the day" or "stardust" in which Ringo appears;both available on AMazon or Ebay.)
There is a dearth of material on Ringo,which is really unfair as George Martin has observed on the Beatles Cirque du Soliel "Love" CD/show how Ringo's awesome drumming,(which Phil Collins has said is impossible for another drummer to reproduce eg. "the fills on "A Day in the Life");is the glue that kept the Beatles' sound consistent over the years.
Ringo is the foundation without which The Beatles would not've been as successful. Most pop music fans don't pay much attention to drumming and might not realize how unique and great Ringo was w/ the Beatles.
I hope someday that a good author/researcher comes along and puts out a biography worthy of Ringo Starr. It would be totally WRONG if that never happens,esp. while Ringo's still with us. The Ringo encyclopedia probably deserves 2 0r 3 starrs,but I gave it 4 out of respect for Ringo himself,also for the lack of material on Ringo and because only Charlie Watts can come close to Ringo in the sense of being so closely woven into the overall sound of their respective groups,(ok,maybe Ginger Baker,too.)(Watts and Starr are criminally underrated.)Like a good referee or umpire,a good drummer is doing his job well when nobody notices him.
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awesome! 30 Sept. 2012
By Yoli - Published on Amazon.com
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YAY!!!! best Ringo Starr book i have seen out there!!! I JUST WISH IT HAD PICTURES!!!!! It is thick and has tons of information. Any Ringo Starr fan would just love to own this book. It comes with interviews and just detailed info on all his songs and about everything Ringo related! I LOVE IT!
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A Terrible Book 27 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There was good potential owing to the subject matter, but the "encyclopedia" format as used here is not the best for something that is presumed to be a biography. Material is recycled throughout the book and it is in dire need of spell check (i.e. August / Augest". If a person even briefly met Ringo, it is included in the book, but aside from the entry for "The Beatles", that is marginally interesting, there isn't very much that would make someone buy the book. Even a few photographs would have have been a plus. There is also extensive use of lists to seemingly pad out the book length. It is stiff, disjointed and the overall writing style is not conducive to enjoyable reading. It is a coffee table book at best just for the cover picture, but not for serious reading. If you buy this book you will soon regret whatever price above $1 that you paid for it.
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