The 'cathartic' photos of the Beatles that helped Ringo Starr get through quarantine

The ‘cathartic’ photos of the Beatles that helped Ringo Starr get through quarantine

Sir Ringo Starr has posted dozens of heartfelt and candid photos of The Beatles that helped him get through quarantine due to the coronavirus.

The legendary drummer, now 81, has collected rare images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an inspiring project.

He found and researched photographs, many of which were taken by fans, and received permission to publish them.

Behind-the-scenes footage shows the beginning of the Fab Four, all the way to the peak of Beatlemania, touring America, and then the tension that led to the breakup of the world’s biggest band.

They have been compiled into the book Lifted: Amazing Images and Memories in My Life with The Beatles from All Over the Universe, due for release today.

Sir Ringo signed a limited edition of 1,000 copies for £365 ($495) each.

Sir Ringo Starr has posted dozens of heartfelt and candid photos of The Beatles that helped him get through quarantine due to the coronavirus.  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 posted dozens of heartfelt and candid photos of The Beatles that helped him get through quarantine due to the coronavirus. 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 has collected rare images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an inspiring project to help him get through the coronavirus lockdown.  Pictured: Sir Paul, Harrison, Lennon and Sir Ringo during their Magical Mystery Tour.

The legendary drummer has collected rare images of himself with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as part of an inspiring project to help him get through the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured: Sir Paul, Harrison, Lennon and Sir Ringo during their Magical Mystery Tour.

Sir Ringo himself found and examined the photographs.  Above: Sir Ringo smoking a cigarette in one of the images featured in his new book. Sir Ringo himself found and examined the photographs.  Above: A new image of the star published alongside his new book.

Sir Ringo himself found and examined the photographs. Top left: Sir Ringo smoking a cigarette in one of the images featured in his new book. Right: A recent image of a star that also appears in the book.

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

Proceeds from sales will go to Sir Ringo’s Lotus Foundation, a charity that aims to help people struggling with homelessness, disease and domestic violence.

Sir Ringo said: “These fantastic images have come back to me in recent years from all over the universe and somehow helped me re-evaluate my life with the Fab Four.

“Many of the photos in the book I saw on my phone and on my computer and picked them up because they brought back so many incredible memories.

“We have all been through some pretty hard times for a lot of people who have been locked up and this book really lifted my spirits and took me back to where I once was in a whole new way.

“And, after all, that is why this new book is called Uplifted.

Some of the standout images include one of the young band dressed smartly and sitting in a coffee shop sipping tea with producer George Martin.

Sir Ringo writes: “Later we drank different things, smoked different things. But from the very beginning, it was always tea time for the Beatles.

Some of the standout images include one of the young band dressed elegantly and sitting in a coffee shop sipping tea with producer George Martin (right).

Some of the standout images include one of the young band dressed elegantly and sitting in a coffee shop sipping tea with producer George Martin (right).

Behind-the-scenes footage shows the very beginning of the Fab Four, all the way to the peak of Beatlemania, the American tour, and then the tension that led to the breakup of the world's biggest band.

Behind-the-scenes footage shows the very beginning of the Fab Four, all the way to the peak of Beatlemania, the American tour, and then the tension that led to the breakup of the world’s biggest band.

The Beatles are coming to the end of their existence as a group.  Sir Ringo said:

The Beatles are coming to the end of their existence as a group. Sir Ringo said: “These fantastic images have come to me in recent years from all over the universe and have somehow helped me to look at my life again with a Fab Four fresh perspective.”

The Beatles were seen

The Beatles were seen “somewhere near Woodstock” shortly before they broke up. The Fab Four finally broke up in 1970 after ten years of working together.

Sir Paul and Harrison in the studio with renowned producer George Martin (center) In the studio with George Martin

Sir Paul and Harrison in the studio with renowned producer George Martin (center) In the studio with George Martin

Sir Ringo compiled the book while locked up in his mansion in Beverly Hills, Louisiana.  It was published by the Los Angeles-based publishing arm of Julien's Auctions.  Above: Band members pose for a group photo.

Sir Ringo compiled the book while locked up in his mansion in Beverly Hills, Louisiana. It was published by the Los Angeles-based publishing arm of Julien’s Auctions. Above: Band members pose for a group photo.

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

“The four of us were at the start of a great adventure—perhaps the greatest adventure in history.”

There is a black and white photo showing them crammed into the back of a car as they are being driven to their next gig.

Sir Ringo said, “I think people today would be surprised to know that the Beatles only had one car to take us around.

“Then there was no social distancing for the four of us. No big ambience.

“We have always been in the same car. The Beatles knew how to share and that’s how you really get to know each other.”

In another photo, the Fab Four are lounging on the couch in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein.

John Lennon plays guitar, George Harrison studies a document, and Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo are deep in thought.

In another photo, the Fab Four are lounging on the couch in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein (third from left).  John Lennon plays guitar, George Harrison studies a document, and Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo are deep in thought.

In another photo, the Fab Four are lounging on the couch in a hotel room with manager Brian Epstein (third from left). John Lennon plays guitar, George Harrison studies a document, and Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo are deep in thought.

Ringo Starr on drums with The Beatles.  The band is the best selling band of all time and is loved all over the world.

Ringo Starr on drums with The Beatles. The band is the best selling band of all time and is loved all over the world.

The band filmed a promotional video for their songs at Twickenham Film Studios in 1965.  That same year, they went on a US tour.

The band filmed a promotional video for their songs at Twickenham Film Studios in 1965. That same year, they went on a US tour.

The Beatles with American star Little Richard performing at the New Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, October 1962.

The Beatles with American star Little Richard performing at the New Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside, October 1962.

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

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

John Lennon walking down the street while working with The Beatles in the 1960s.  He was shot dead in New York in December 1980 by Mark Chapman.

John Lennon walking down the street while working 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 recording the song.  The pair were the main songwriters for the group.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are recording the song. The pair were the main songwriters for the group.

Sir Ringo said: “A band that stays together plays together. Later, in the seventies and eighties, many of us rock stars retired to our own apartments or castles.

“But as you can see here, back in Brian Epstein’s lifetime, there was still a lot of togetherness that could be pretty incredible, if a little messy.”

Sir Ringo compiled the book while locked up in his mansion in Beverly Hills, Louisiana.

It was published by the Los Angeles-based publishing arm of Julien’s Auctions.

Martin Nolan, chief executive of the Juliens, said: “These are incredibly rare photographs taken by various people during the early years of the Beatles.

“Ringo thought up a storyline for them based on how he perceived them.

“What stands out is that even though they were incredibly famous in a lot of them, you can see that there were still four of them, ordinary young people from Liverpool just having fun.

“It’s a happy trip down memory lane and it was great for Ringo to write about his memories. It was therapeutic and cathartic for him, it occupied him and gave him the opportunity to focus during covid.

“I think people will love this book. There’s a real feel-good factor in that.”

Copies of the book can be purchased from the Julien’s Auctions website.

Sir Ringo said of his new publication: “I think people will love this book.  There's a real feel-good factor in that.

Sir Ringo said of his new publication: “I think people will love this book. There’s a real feel-good factor in that.” Copies of the book can be purchased from the Julien’s Auctions website.

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