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Ringo: With a Little Help, by Michael Starr (Ringo Biography)
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Due out this coming July: Ringo: With a Little Help, by Michael Seth Starr. From what I gather, Michael Starr has already written books about Art Carney, Red Foxx, Bobby Darin, and a few other celebrities. Has anyone read any of those other books to be able to gauge what kind of a writer/researcher Michael Starr is?

I'm hopeful, because up until now the only other book that even attempted to trace Ringo's life was Alan Clayson's book, and it wasn't exactly an easy read (in my opinion anyway). The prose was a bit ... I don't know ... needlessly dense? I'm hoping Michael Starr's book will be a bit of an easier read.

However, I did see that Ringo came out and publicly distanced himself from this book back in 2012: "There is an unauthorized biography being written by Michael Starr and I want my friends & fans to know it has nothing to do with me. I'm not participating with it at all. Peace & Love, Ringo"

Not that that's a huge deterrent for me. I figure if Ringo can't be bothered to finally authorize a biography, then unauthorized biographies are all we're going to get, and we'll have to make due with that.

Looking forward to this book's release, though. 

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Thanks for the news. I was wondering if there were any good Ringo bios.

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PeterWeatherby said
 I figure if Ringo can't be bothered to finally authorize a biography, then unauthorized biographies are all we're going to get, and we'll have to make due with that.

Looking forward to this book's release, though. 

Agreed - thanks for the update. I'm hoping it will go into his childhood in great detail. We already know where they ended up. Events that led to how they got there and shaped them as people fascinate me.

I have not read any of the other biogs you mentioned and am curious if anyone else here has and what their thoughts are.

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8 February 2015
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I generally prefer unauthorised bio's. Who really wants the approved of version of someone's life? Give me an autobiography (ghost-written if need be) or an unauthorised every time. I'm not interested in the towing-the-party-line needed for an authorised.

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Ron Nasty said
I generally prefer unauthorised bio's. Who really wants the approved of version of someone's life? Give me an autobiography (ghost-written if need be) or an unauthorised every time. I'm not interested in the towing-the-party-line needed for an authorised.

I must say I agree.

Also, nice to have more books on Ringo.

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I've been looking forward to this one for a while...I plan on getting it. We've got great bios of the other three but nothing good on Ringo. This one hopefully will fill the role for our favorite drummer!

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I'll have to keep an eye out for this. The Ringo sections in Beatles books tend to get repetitive and vague. Almost like they brush over him to discuss Lennon/McCartney! 

The only Ringo book I have is the Ringo Starr Encyclopedia by Bill Harry which I got dirt cheap on Amazon. It's really thorough from his personal life to his professional career. (Link for Amazon UK) 

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8 April 2015
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This will be published in a few months:

http://eepurl.com/biGz0z

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Thanks for the heads up @mstarr.

For anyone wondering about the link it leads to NetGalley and a forthcoming biography on Ringo called 'Ringo: With A Little Help'.

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Note: I've moved your post and my reply over to here @mstarr as your book is already the subject of the thread.

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Welcome, @mstarr, we have been anticipating your book as you can see. Thanks for stopping by the forum. Have a look around. Let us know if we can be of any assistance to you.

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@mstarr your book is one I've been highly anticipating reading and reviewing for my site for a while...will be PMing you shortly :). And welcome!

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If this is published on Richie's birthday, it's gonna be a great summer!

EDIT: Just ordered it! Yippee!!

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15 June 2015
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First major review of Ringo: With a Little Help -- and it's a good one.

http://www.publishersweekly.co.....1713-120-2

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Ooooo, I can't wait for my copy to arrive!

If you are on a computer (not a cell phone), you can use the link in my signature to help Joe out when you buy the book. When @Joe gets a chance, he can make a link directly for the book.

If you are in the US on mobile, you can use this link.

Here's the UK link.

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I'll probably buy this but I'm going to wait a while. At the moment I have a ton of Beatles books I haven't even cracked open. I still haven't finished the John Lennon art book, Anthology, or the BBC archives book. Then I haven't even started the new Davies book about the Beatles lyrics or Tune In. And I have biographies of George and Paul and John that I haven't started. My bookshelf is overflowing.

...and I've ordered Ringo's Photograph book.

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Ahhh Girl said

Ooooo, I can't wait for my copy to arrive!

Same! Amazon has updated my delivery date to this Friday 6/19. I am really looking forward to it.

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16 June 2015
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Thank you all. I really appreciate your support.

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The Amazon app on my phone just notified me that my copy has been shipped to me.ahdn_ringo_09 It should be here sometime Saturday.

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I just tracked my shipment - me & the book are now in the same state! Arrives tomorrow. ahdn_ringo_09

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I just noticed that this book comes out in the UK on on June 23rd.

EDIT: Make that July 23rd.

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