The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit devoted to Ringo Starr, “Ringo: Peace & Love,” to open June 12, the museum announced today. It said the exhibit, which will run through November and then go on tour to selected cities, will offer visitors “an unprecedented in-depth look at all aspects of Starr’s musical and creative life as a musician, artist, actor, and as the man the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo,” according to the official description. The exhibit will also showcase his “peace and love” trademark.
The museum says “Ringo: Peace & Love” is the first major exhibit ever dedicated to a drummer and the first to explore Ringo's career. The exhibit, to be located on the museum's second floor, will feature items from Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, his early music from the Raving Texans to Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, his career with The Beatles and later as a solo artist, plus his tours with the All-Starr Band. It will include diverse artifacts, rare and never before seen photographs, documents, personal letters and footage.
Items in the exhibit will include the drum kits he played on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and at Shea Stadium, his "Sgt Pepper" outfit, the cape he wore in “Help!,” his red jacket worn during the Beatles' rooftop concert, plus personal letters, photographs and documents from the Starkey family and Ringo’s days with the Beatles. There will also be an interactive section where visitors can take a drum lesson with Ringo.
This is not Ringo's first appearance at the museum. He answered questions and performed with Ben Harper in January, 2010, to promote his “Y Not” album.
"I’m honored that Ringo has chosen to work with us to create 'Ringo: Peace & Love,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The Grammy Museum. "We are particularly excited to celebrate Starr’s extraordinary musical legacy with the legions of fans who admire him, as well as to introduce him to a new generation of music lovers.”
After the exhibit's run ends, the museum said the exhibit would go on the road to selected cities, yet to be announced.
The museum is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA. Admission is $12.95 for adults; $11.95 for senior citizens (65+); and $10.95 for students with I.D. (ages 6 – 22) and members of the military, with museum members and children under 5 admitted free.
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