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Ringo Starr: A Life (Sanctuary Encores) Paperback – 7 Mar 2005


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; 2nd edition (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860746470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860746475
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Considered by many as lucky to have been in The Beatles, Ringo Starr epitomises the rock n roll lifestyle. World-famous pop star, acclaimed film actor, the voice of an internationally successful children's TV series and husband to a glamorous movie star - at face value he seems to have led a charmed life. Yet behind the sunglasses and the ready quips loom the horrors of his health problems, alcoholism and deprived family background. Alan Clayson's biography remains the definitive account of the man who anchored the Merseybeat.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. Hanson on 7 Feb. 2008
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I was hoping to read an in-depth and interesting review about the life of Ringo Starr. Instead this book comes across as being a spiteful and superscilious overview of Ringo, with the author clearly believing that Ringo was lucky to have been in the Fab Four. What a load of rubbish! Ringo is a great drummer - and his drumming comlemented the Beatles' music perfectly. Alan Clayson is quite obviously jealous of the well deserved success that Ringo has enjoyed throughout his career - both with the Beatles and afterwards.
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Another great book on the former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Although it contains much the same information as his other books on Ringo, it occasionally uncovers things that I never new about Ringo. A great addition to his other books.
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By Mat Snow on 22 Oct. 2014
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Be prepared for a bumpy ride 7 Jun. 2010
By edit chick - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking forward to this book as there are so few on Ringo. I am somewhat disappointed. The aspect I enjoyed was the small amount of information regarding his background that I had not known before, note the word "small."
My greatest concern was the author's style. There is a lot of meandering off on useless self indulgent tangents. This is to the extent that I often lost track of the point being made altogether. What is even more annoying is the way Clayson uses the english language. He writes in wordy self conscious ramblings that seem to be more about his self-satisfied word play than about the information being given. I have over 200 books about The Beatles, this one would only be suggested to someone willing to read a lot to learn a little.
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Great! 4 Feb. 2010
By Insomniac'sGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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For whats available on my favorite drummer of all time, this was a great book! I do wish he would do one in his own words, but this book seemed very thorough! It really gives you perspective on the tough life this amazing guy lived! I have so much respect for him, seeing the battle out of a sickly childhood and a tough fight with substance abuse! Love YOU Ringo!
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Too busy...... 19 Sept. 2013
By locke - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Mr Clayson is a talented writer, his work on Ringo Starr: A Life is almost boring due to his constant desire to articulate history in general, instead of giving the reader what I think they wanted........a more intimate look at Ringo.
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By herminiogamino corona - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was going to read more about the personal life of Ringo but, this book is more about the Beatles than him. It disappointed me.
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Not completely a book about Ringo Starr 6 Feb. 2013
By Xander's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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The first half of this book is more about the "scene" during that time in music. He loses focus a lot and it becomes tiresome. In the second half it seems more about Ringo, but his sources are nothing we haven't read about for ourselves. Also, though it seems trite, one usually expects some photos in a biography. There are none. I would advise against reading this if you are looking for a great biography on Ringo Starr.
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