On June 12, 2013, RINGO: Peace & Love opened at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, showcasing a treasure trove of legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr's photos, clothing, music and art. The exhibit is a wonderful meshing of his mercurial songs and state-of-the-art technology.
At the entrance, Ringo's warm face and lilting voice are there to greet you as a life-sized video displayed on the wall comes to life when you walk in. Then, you proceed down a veritable yellow brick road that curves through a valley of Beatles' treasures. The exhibit includes interactive displays, including one that's like a digital photo album, that plays the song associated with the photo when you touch it, his too-cool-for-school wardrobe, drum kits used during special performances, never-before-seen photos and footage, and personal letters and documents from the Starkey family and Ringo's days with The Beatles.
The exhibit showcases not only his musicianship, but his artwork. Several of his drawings are on display, and, much like his music, they give insight into his genius. The undercurrent of all of his work is a message of peace and love, a message that is probably the secret to his seemingly eternally youthful spirit.
This is a must for anyone who loves music. It's a walk down memory lane as well as a testament to Ringo's staying power. There are plenty of eateries near the museum and a memorabilia shop inside so why not make a day of it?
Located on the second floor, the display closes on April 27, 2014. Museum hours are M-F 11:30am-7:30am and Sat-Sun 10:00am-7:30pm.