The Beatles pictures that helped Ringo Starr get through lockdown

The ‘cathartic’ Beatles pictures that helped Ringo Starr get through lockdown: Fascinating rarely-seen images of the Fab Four that drummer compiled during pandemic

  • Sir Ringo compiled the rarely-seen images as part of an uplifting project during coronavirus lockdown
  • He researched the photos, many of which were taken by fans, and got permission to publish them 
  • Images feature in ‘Lifted: Fab Images and Memories in My Life With The Beatles From Across the Universe’
  • A limited number of 1,000 have been signed by Sir Ringo and cost £365 ($495) each 
  • Sir Ringo Starr has published dozens of heart-warming, candid photos of the Beatles that helped him get through the coronavirus lockdowns.

    The legendary drummer, now aged 81, compiled the rarely-seen images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an uplifting project.

    He sourced and researched the photos, many of which were taken by fans, and secured permission to publish them.

    The behind-the-scenes images chart the very beginning of the Fab Four, through to the height of Beatlemania, touring America and then the tensions that culminated in the world’s biggest band splitting up. 

    They have been put together in the book ‘Lifted: Fab Images and Memories in My Life With The Beatles From Across the Universe’ that is due to be released today.

    A limited number of 1,000 have been signed by Sir Ringo and cost £365 ($495) each.

    Sir Ringo Starr has published dozens of heart-warming, candid photos of the Beatles that helped him get through the coronavirus lockdowns. Pictured: George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and  Sir Ringo in Washington DC at the height of their success as the Beatles in the 1960s

    Sir Ringo Starr has published dozens of heart-warming, candid photos of the Beatles that helped him get through the coronavirus lockdowns. Pictured: George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and  Sir Ringo in Washington DC at the height of their success as the Beatles in the 1960s

    The legendary drummer compiled the rarely-seen images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an uplifting project to help him get through the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured: Sir Paul, Harrison, Lennon and Sir Ringo are seen during their Magical Mystery Tour

    The legendary drummer compiled the rarely-seen images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an uplifting project to help him get through the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured: Sir Paul, Harrison, Lennon and Sir Ringo are seen during their Magical Mystery Tour

    Sir Ringo sourced and researched the photos himself. Above: Sir Ringo smokes a cigarette in one of the images that features in his new book

    Sir Ringo sourced and researched the photos himself. Above: A new image of the star released with his new book

    Sir Ringo sourced and researched the photos himself. Above left: Sir Ringo smokes a cigarette in one of the images that features in his new book. Right: A recent image of the star that also features in the book

    Thousands of regular copies have also been printed and are available at £45 ($59.95) each.

    Proceeds from the sales will go to Sir Ringo’s charity the Lotus Foundation, which aims to help people struggling with homelessness, illness and domestic abuse.  

    Sir Ringo said: ‘These fantastic images came back to me in recent years from across the universe and have somehow helped me get back to seeing my life with The Fab Four through fresh eyes.

    ‘A lot of the photos in the book I saw on my phone and on my computer and lifted them because they brought back so many fabulous memories.

    ‘We’ve all been through a pretty tough time for a lot of people who’ve been locked down, and this book has really lifted my spirits and took me back to where I once belonged in a whole new way. 

    ‘And in the end, that’s why this new book is called Lifted.’

    Some of the stand-out images include one of the fledgling band smartly dressed and sat in a cafe sipping tea with record producer George Martin.

    Sir Ringo writes: ‘Later we were drinking other stuff, smoking other stuff. But from the beginning, it was always teatime for the Beatles.

    Some of the stand-out images include one of the fledgling band smartly dressed and sat in a cafe sipping tea with record producer George Martin (right)

    Some of the stand-out images include one of the fledgling band smartly dressed and sat in a cafe sipping tea with record producer George Martin (right)

    The behind-the-scenes images chart the very beginning of the Fab Four, through to the height of Beatlemania, touring America and then the tensions that culminated in the world's biggest band splitting up

     The behind-the-scenes images chart the very beginning of the Fab Four, through to the height of Beatlemania, touring America and then the tensions that culminated in the world’s biggest band splitting up

    The Beatles near the end of their time together as a band. Sir Ringo said: 'These fantastic images came back to me in recent years from across the universe and have somehow helped me get back to seeing my life with The Fab Four through fresh eyes'

    The Beatles near the end of their time together as a band. Sir Ringo said: ‘These fantastic images came back to me in recent years from across the universe and have somehow helped me get back to seeing my life with The Fab Four through fresh eyes’

    The Beatles are seen 'somewhere near Woodstock' shortly before they split up. The fab four finally parted ways in 1970 after a decade performing together

    The Beatles are seen ‘somewhere near Woodstock’ shortly before they split up. The fab four finally parted ways in 1970 after a decade performing together

    Sir Paul and Harrison are seen in the studio with famous producer George Martin (centre) In the studio with George Martin

    Sir Paul and Harrison are seen in the studio with famous producer George Martin (centre) In the studio with George Martin

    Sir Ringo compiled the book while he spent lockdown at his mansion in Beverly Hills, LA. It has been published by LA-based Julien's Auctions' publishing division. Above: The band members pose for photograph together

    Sir Ringo compiled the book while he spent lockdown at his mansion in Beverly Hills, LA. It has been published by LA-based Julien’s Auctions’ publishing division. Above: The band members pose for photograph together 

    ‘Looking back today, I love this photo and everybody in it – John, Paul, George, Ringo and Sir George, too. 

    ‘The four of us were at the beginning of a great adventure – maybe the greatest adventure ever.’

    There is a black and white picture showing them crammed into the back of a car while being driven to their next gig.

    Sir Ringo said: ‘I think people today would be surprised to know that The Beatles only ever had one car to take us around. 

    ‘No social distancing for the four of us back then. No big entourage. 

    ‘We were always in the same car. The Beatles knew how to share, and that’s how you really get to know each other.’

    Another photo depicts the Fab Four chilling out on a sofa in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein.

    John Lennon is seen strumming a guitar, George Harrison studies a document while Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo appear deep in thought.

    Another photo depicts the Fab Four chilling out on a sofa in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein (third from left). John Lennon is seen strumming a guitar, George Harrison studies a document while Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo appear deep in thought

    Another photo depicts the Fab Four chilling out on a sofa in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein (third from left). John Lennon is seen strumming a guitar, George Harrison studies a document while Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo appear deep in thought

    Ringo Starr behind the drums with The Beatles. The group are the bestselling band of all time and are loved across the world

    Ringo Starr behind the drums with The Beatles. The group are the bestselling band of all time and are loved across the world

    The band filming promo videos for their songs at Twickenham Film Studios in 1965. That year, they embarked on a tour of the US

    The band filming promo videos for their songs at Twickenham Film Studios in 1965. That year, they embarked on a tour of the US

    The Beatles with American star Little Richard during a show at the New Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, in October 1962

    The Beatles with American star Little Richard during a show at the New Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, in October 1962

    The Beatles are seen rehearsing in one of the images in Sir Ringo's new book. The group's albums included Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    The Beatles are seen rehearsing in one of the images in Sir Ringo’s new book. The group’s albums included Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

    John Lennon walking on the street during his time with The Beatles in the 1960s. He was shot dead in New York in December 1980 by Mark Chapman

    John Lennon walking on the street during his time with The Beatles in the 1960s. He was shot dead in New York in December 1980 by Mark Chapman

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon are seen recording a song. The pair were the primary songwriters for the band

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon are seen recording a song. The pair were the primary songwriters for the band

    Sir Ringo said: ‘The group that stays together plays together. Later in the Seventies and Eighties, lots of us rock stars would isolate in our own suites or castles. 

    ‘But as you can see here, way back during the life of Brian Epstein, there was still a lot of togetherness which could be quite fabulous if a tad messy.’

    Sir Ringo compiled the book while he spent lockdown at his mansion in Beverly Hills, LA.

    It has been published by LA-based Julien’s Auctions’ publishing division.

    Martin Nolan, executive director of Juliens, said: ‘These are incredibly rare photographs that were taken by various people during the early years of the Beatles.

    ‘Ringo put a storyline to them based on how he viewed them.

    ‘What comes across is that even though they were incredibly famous in many of them, you can see they were still four, regular young men from Liverpool just having great fun.

    ‘It is a happy trip down memory lane and it was great for Ringo to write about his memories. It was therapeutic and cathartic for him and it occupied him and gave him something to focus on during covid.

    ‘I think people are going to love this book. There is a real feel-good factor about it.’

    Copies of the book are available to buy through the Julien’s Auctions website.

    Sir Ringo said of his new publication: 'I think people are going to love this book. There is a real feel-good factor about it.' Copies of the book are available to buy through the Julien's Auctions website

    Sir Ringo said of his new publication: ‘I think people are going to love this book. There is a real feel-good factor about it.’ Copies of the book are available to buy through the Julien’s Auctions website