Legendary Beatle drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday this summer with a TV special and now the former Beatle has a new single on release and two books available to eager fans.
According to a recent Rolling Stone interview, the iconic drummer spent his time making music this year. He could not tour with his long-running All-Starr Band, but he worked in his home studio on a five-track EP set for release in March.
The new single, Here’s to the Nights (with lyrics by Diane Warren), features vocals recorded remotely from friends Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Ben Harper and his brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, along with Beatle pal Paul McCartney.
Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All-Starrs is a retrospective in book form of his ever-evolving live supergroup who played the Point - as it was then known - in the 1990s, with a line-up of Peter Frampton, Procul Harum's Gary Brooker, ex-Free drummer Simon Kirke and the late Cream bassist Jack Bruce.
The book is available via Julien’s Auction, with a foreword by Joe Walsh.
Meanwhile, Painting Is My Other Madness Too, a second collection of his paintings, is also out in book form.
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Described as 'a comprehensive collection of Ringo's art, inspiration, and musings', the 192-page production with embossed hardcover (and dust cover) can be bought through the musician's website for $95.00 (€77.50).
The first edition, autographed by the musician himself, can be purchased for the somewhat more princely sum of $695.00 (€567.00).