Upon his return to England Ringo described the Rishikesh camp as “a bit like Butlins”.
A lot of people are going to say that I left because I was disillusioned by it all but that just isn’t so. The Academy is a great place and I enjoyed it a lot. I still meditate every day for half an hour in the morning and half an hour every evening and I think I’m a better person for it. I’m far more relaxed than I have ever been. You know, if you’re working very hard and things are a bit chaotic, you get all tensed up and screwed up inside. You feel as if you have to break something or hit someone. But if you spend a short while in the mornings and evenings meditating, it completely relaxes you, and it’s easier to see your way through problems. If everyone in the world started meditating, then the world would be a much happier place.
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
One of Ringo’s first actions after getting home was to pack a number of 16mm cine film rolls, which he then sent out to the other Beatles in India.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
- 2009: John Lennon artworks to go on show in Edinburgh
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
- 1966: Brian Epstein announces The Beatles’ 1966 tours
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1964: Mixing: I Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, Tell Me Why, And I Love Her, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, I Call Your Name
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: St John’s Hall, Bootle
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