FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN IMAGES TAKEN BY RINGO AND FROM HIS PERSONAL ARCHIVE
May 31st 2013 - Ringo’s new ebook, PHOTOGRAPH, a collection of his never-before-seen photographs, is available now on the iBookstore and at RingoPhotograph.com
Unseen images taken by Ringo and from his personal archives, accompanied by his audio, text and video captions, are showcased here for the very first time to give unprecedented insight into the life of a Beatle. The ebook is available exclusively on the iBookstore to preorder now before its official launch on June 12 2013.
'These are shots that no one else could have.' – Ringo
Ringo shares forgotten photographs and stories of his childhood home, family holidays and all-night parties on his road to stardom. He candidly captures his Beatles bandmates in pensive and playful moments: washing, eating, recording, smoking, drinking and playing monopoly. Pictures of ‘the boys’ are joined by Ringo’s travel photography, taking you inside the car with The Beatles as they toured the world. From the position of a friend, bandmate and skilled photographer, Ringo portrays four lads from Liverpool trying to live normal lives amidst the frenzy that surrounded them. This is the album of Ringo’s life, from his time in hospital, where he played a drum for the first time, to growing up in Liverpool amidst the excitement of the emerging Merseybeat scene, to playing in the biggest band in the world.
Buy Online at itunes.com/RingoPhotograph
Available now on iTunes ® and the iBookstore ℠
Discounted pre-order price: £8.99 / $9.99 / 9.99 Euro
Publication: June 12 2013, price: £9.99 / $12.99 / 11.99 Euro
"Absurd, delightful and exuberantly messy, Help! is a pure pleasure to watch."
– The New York Times
On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help!, The Beatles’ second feature film, makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package, pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.
Help!’s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes.
Find out more about the release by clicking HERE
Pre-ordering details will be published shortly.
Let It Be, As Nature Intended
When The Beatles first set out to make Let It Be in 1969, they intended to record an album that would be a return to live performance. No studio effects or overdubbing of voices or instruments would be allowed - just the bare necessities of the band.
Let It Be… Naked is the stripped-down, return-to-live-takes album that The Beatles originally aimed to create, free of vocal and instrumental overdubs or added effects.
Today, Let It Be… Naked makes its debut global digital release, exclusively on the iTunes Store® (www.itunes.com/thebeatles)
“If we’d had today’s technology back then, it would sound like this because this is the noise we made in the studio. It’s all exactly as it was in the room. You’re right there now.”
In addition to the 11-track album, the iTunes LP features all of the original booklet art and liner notes, as well as bonus audio of studio banter captured during The Beatles’ 1969 recording sessions for Let It Be.
Music videos for the "Naked" versions of “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” are also exclusively available on iTunes for download purchase and free streaming.
Over the next couple of weeks we'll be celebrating Let It Be… Naked in a few ways. We are launching a series of five special podcasts featuring tracks from the album, original archive sound from the making of Let It Be, and interviews with Paul, George and Ringo reflecting on that period in The Beatles' career.
The podcasts will be featured on the Let It Be… Naked site, or alternatively catch them on Facebook and Twitter. The complete version should be available for download on the iTunes podcast store shortly. It will be annnounced at thebeatles.com
Today, in Chapter One, we explore the process of making the original Let It Be album and film; why Let It Be… Naked has been released as an album distinct from the original Let It Be, and where The Beatles were at as a band at the time of recording.
Check out the Let It Be… Naked Flickbook - you can find the podcasts, animation, music previews, artwork and more.
We are also running a video scavenger hunt - find the four clips on the web - watch the Facebook space to find clues!
About Let It Be… Naked
Let It Be evolved from an original plan to make a television show featuring the group playing tracks from the recent ‘White Album.’ That idea changed in three ways. First, abandoning the easier path, they opted to learn a completely new batch of songs for the televised concert. A second innovative approach was added when it was decided to film the rehearsals; allowing viewers to trace the development of each song from its first rough run through to the final polished version. Thirdly, as the climax of the project was a return to live performance, no studio effects or overdubbing of voices and instruments would be allowed at any time.
Please Please Me - the debut album release by the band, 22nd March 1963.
According to NME, March 8th 1963: "Things are beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group. The disc ‘Please Please Me’ follows closely on the heels of their first hit ‘Love Me Do’ written by group members John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It looks like a bright future for the Beatles, but knowing them I don’t think they’ll let it go to their heads."
As recalled by George Martin "Please Please Me was done in a day - we started at 10 o'clock in the morning finished at 11 at night, and that was the record made."
To celebrate the release of the band's debut album Amazon have customised their Music Homepage - check it out at www.amazon.co.uk/Amazon1963
For one day only the Amazon.co.uk music store will take a trip back to 1963, offering the remastered original recording of ‘Please Please Me’ for £8.99 (currently priced at £11.89) on CD.
Ringo: Peace & Love To Premier At The GRAMMY Museum® June 12, 2013 and Tour Selected Cities Through 2014
This one-of-a-kind, limited-run exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented in-depth look at all aspects of Ringo’s musical and creative life – as a musician, artist, actor, and as the man the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.' It will also aim to propel Starr’s universal message of peace and love.
Ringo: Peace & Love is both the first major exhibit ever dedicated to a drummer and the first to explore the extraordinary career of the 7-time GRAMMY Award® winner. The scope of exhibit spans Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist and then to the All Starrs with whom he is on tour now – this unique collection brings together diverse artifacts, rare and never before seen photographs, documents, personal letters and footage.
The exhibition will feature:
The drum kit Ringo played at Shea Stadium
The drum kit he played on the Ed Sullivan show
Ringo’s Sgt Pepper Suit
The cape he wore in Help!
The Red Jacket worn during the filming of The Beatles rooftop concert
Personal letters, photographs and documents from the Starkey family and Ringo’s days with the Beatles
For more information about the exhibit visit the Grammy Museum site at
Ringo: Peace and Love
Photo: John Wright
On Monday 11th February 1963 the Beatles’ debut album was recorded in just one day. On the 50th anniversary of that 12-hour session at Abbey Road, leading artists attempt the same feat, in the same timescale, in the same studio.
Acclaimed guitarist Graham Coxon, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze and Manchester’s I Am Kloot join soul sensation Joss Stone, The Stereophonics, Gabrielle Aplin and Mick Hucknall for the event.
The results are broadcast live in exact recording order and timing, as Abbey Road links up with Western House throughout the day on Radio 2, on Monday 11th February 2013. The event will then be broadcast on BBC Four at the end of that week in an hour long special.
Radio 2 Live blog: Everything on the day will happen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014q0lb/live
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/@BBCRadio2 #PleasePleaseMe
From 19:00 - 22:30, as the day reaches a climax and as the pace of songs recorded increases - as it did 50 years before - Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 will join Stuart Maconie and host a three hour show coming live from Abbey Road. After their own recording, artists might stay on for the climax of the day, the performance of "Twist and Shout".
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Support "Songs for Sandy" - A Charity Compilation For Grassroots Hurricane Sandy Relief
10 Weeks Since Hurricane Hit New York & New Jersey, The Project Aims To Sustain Awareness and Raise Funds for Restoration Efforts As Communities Face The Ongoing Challenge of Recovery. PledgeMusic 3 Volume Charity Compilation Supports Community Based On The ground Charities Including: RESTORE RED HOOK, OCCUPY SANDY, GREEN GROUND ZERO
RINGO STARR: "I want to thank everyone for what they are doing, this is how Peace & Love works. Well done Green Ground Zero, Occupy Sandy & Restore Red Hook. Peace & Love, Ringo"
PAUL McCARTNEY: "I am happy to donate ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ towards this relief project. In the wake of the devastation it is good to know that so many people are getting together to provide relief for those whom have suffered most."
10 weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey communities continue the long road towards recovery. The devastating impact continues to ripple through communities, and while the outward and physical signs have largely been repaired, the hidden economic impact continues to grow as small businesses, schools and individual households struggle to overcome the financial and emotional hit.
"Songs After Sandy Vol 1-3" the charity compilation on PledgeMusic aims to sustain awareness and raise funds for community based on the ground charities including Restore Red Hook, Occupy Sandy (the "Wedding Registry") and Green Ground Zero.
Read more at songsaftersandy
PledgeMusic will be the only place you can pre-order this album (and look out for subsequent editions!). In addition to the album, many of the artists here will offer up exclusive signed items and experiences so keep an eye out.
In celebrating George Harrison and the "Concert for George" 10th Anniversary, the entire "Concert for George" documentary film will be available to stream on the George Harrison Youtube Channel on Thursday, November 29th for 24 Hours only.
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honour. His closest friends gathered at London's Royal Albert Hall to celebrate his life the only way they knew how - by playing his music.
George Harrison Youtube Channel: youtube.com/georgeharrisonvideo
The Beatles’ acclaimed original studio album remasters will make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut on 12th November (13th November in North America). You can listen to the albums on the player by clicking on the image or visiting thebeatles.com/vinyl
Tuesday, November 13, in an innovative one-day-only promotion, mobile Beatles pop-up shops in the form of customised double-decker buses will hit the streets of New York and Los Angeles, making several stops in each city throughout the day. The mobile shops will be deployed to celebrate Tuesday's hotly anticipated 180-gram vinyl LP release of The Beatles' GRAMMY-winning remastered studio albums in stereo.
The bus will also be coming to LONDON - details coming soon.
Visit thebeatles.com/vinylbususa for more information.
Next Tuesday, November 13, in an innovative one-day-only promotion, mobile Beatles pop-up shops in the form of customised double-decker buses will hit the streets of New York and Los Angeles, making several stops in each city throughout the day. The mobile shops will be deployed to celebrate Tuesday's hotly anticipated 180-gram vinyl LP release of The Beatles' GRAMMY-winning remastered studio albums in stereo.
The Beatles' mobile pop-up shops will make stops next Tuesday, November 13 at the following confirmed locations:
* Midtown (9:30am – 11am): Seventh Avenue, between 49th Street and 50th Street
* SoHo (12pm – 1:30pm): Broadway, between Prince Street and Spring Street
* Wall Street (2:30pm – 4pm): Broadway, between Cortlandt Street and Liberty Street
* Hollywood (9:30am – 11am): Capitol Records, 1750 North Vine Street
* Santa Monica (12pm – 1:30pm): 1324 5th Street at Arizona Avenue (ICE at Santa Monica ice skating rink)
* Downtown (2:30pm – 4pm): L.A. Live (at Olympic Boulevard and South Figueroa Street)
Beginning November 19 and continuing into December, high-end audio retailers in several U.S. cities will host listening events for The Beatles' stereo vinyl remasters. Each retailer will present the new Beatles vinyl on completely hand-made British hifi systems, with demonstrations of audible improvements in the new vinyl on a variety of turntables and associated equipment. Confirmed locations and the full story is HERE: