On Wednesday, Ringo Starr appeared in Hollywood at a public book launch event for the premiere of his limited edition hardcover book, Photograph. A companion to Starr's popular e-book that he released earlier this year, Photograph presents 300 pages of rare photos and personal memorabilia from the former Beatle drummer's extraordinary career.
Former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, spoke highly of Starr's influence on him. Grohl has been vocal in the past stating how The Beatles were a huge influence on Nirvana. Grohl said yesterday that he learned how to play music by teaching himself Beatles' songs starting at age 6 which is why he always returns to The Beatles' music as his "reference point."
Grohl believes Starr is the "original rock and roll drummer" citing Ringo's distinctive drumming style as that "thing that only Ringo can do" like the "Ringo roll," for example. His comments were supported by Black Crowes' drummer, Steve Gorman, who said, "All I've done in my career is pay tribute to and rip off Ringo Starr."
Photographer Henry Diltz commented on Ringo's ability as a photographer saying he enjoys Ringo's documentary approach of taking photos, known as "fly on the wall" style. Photograph features many photos of The Beatles behind the scenes as well as photos from Ringo's childhood and life after The Beatles.
Ringo explained that instead of writing his own autobiography, he has chosen to present his life story through his photographs and also his three songs so far about his hometown of Liverpool which have appeared on his recent albums.
Ringo's old Liverpudlian sense of humor appeared when music journalist, Melinda Newman, who hosted the discussion, asked Ringo who is favorite Beatle was to photograph. "Get off!" Ringo exclaimed. "The tall one." Ringo thought it was comical to be asked a question like that. "They were my models since I was stuck with them."
Photograph by Ringo Starr and published by Genesis Publications is limited to just 2500 copies. Twelve shots are also being offered as limited edition fine art prints at only 25 copies, each signed by Ringo. As he explains in the book: "These are shots that no one else could have. I just had the camera with me a lot of the time."