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Ringo Starr Photograph: new book has rare and unseen Beatles photos

Ringo Starr Photograph, the new book by the former Beatles drummer, presents Ringo’s Beatles photos alongside shots of other phases of his life and times. The “rare and unseen” photographs are enhanced by a commentary by Ringo. The mass market edition of Ringo Starr Photograph follows an earlier signed limited edition, both from Genesis Publications.

Beatles photos are not difficult to come by – the Fab Four number among the most photographed individuals in the history of the world. But Beatles photos shot by a Beatle are pretty rare. Hence the interest from fans and collectors.

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Ringo Starr Photograph © Genesis Publications 2015

Ringo Starr Photograph was launched at London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery. A couple of weeks ago, the gallery and Genesis were still selling 10 different framed prints of Beatles photos taken from the book. All 10 are published in a limited edition of 25 copies, signed by Ringo Starr. The framed prints cost £1965 each, delivered.

Ringo books before Ringo Starr Photograph

Ringo Starr Photograph isn’t the musician’s first contribution to Beatles art: his two earlier books interest fans and collectors, though neither carries his photos of the band.

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Ringo Starr, Postcards From The Boys © Cassell 2004

Postcards From The Boys was published as a mass market book (Cassell, 2004) after first appearing as a signed, limited edition by Genesis Publications. Postcards From The Boys consists of the facsimiles of 50+ postcards sent to Ringo Starr by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison over 30 years, from the band’s 1960s heyday. Both Lennon and McCartney decorate their postcards with quick sketches: Beatles art for Everyman.

And Ringo Starr lyrics from the Beatles song Octopus’s Garden were worked into a children’s book of the same name (2013/2015), with charming illustrations by Ben Cort.

Beatles art by Lennon, McCartney (and Harrison)

Collectors of Beatles art realised long ago that the Fab Four had individual creative talents well away from the recording studio and the concert stage.

John Lennon drawings and paintings, the best-known category of Beatles art, can be seen in several collections, starting with his witty mid-1960s books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, edited by Scott Gutterman (Insight Editions, 2015), brings the story bang up to date.

Macca’s engaging canvases are collected in Paul McCartney Paintings (Little, Brown, 2000). And George Harrison entered the fray with I Me Mine, a book of curated images, also published in two editions, like Ringo Starr Photograph, by Genesis.

ROCK ART EDITIONS will be exploring Beatles art – Beatles photos, John Lennon art, Paul McCartney paintings and the books of Ringo Starr and George Harrison – in depth. So fans and collectors should keep checking in!

Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and John Lennon portraits in Bailey’s Stardust exhibition

Bailey’s Stardust exhibition catalogue

Portraits of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and John Lennon are the rock art highlights of Bailey’s Stardust, a career-spanning exhibition of the work of David Bailey running at London’s National Portrait Gallery until 1 June.

Bailey’s Stardust features over 250 works by the celebrated English photographer. It includes a whole room devoted to shots of the Rolling Stones.

According to the Gallery, “Bailey photographed the Rolling Stones for a number of album and single covers and made candid portraits of the group backstage on tour, as well as formal portraits of Jagger with friends and family.”

Fellow members of the LDUFCM (Lord, Deliver Us From Celebrities Movement) will be relieved that Bailey’s Stardust goes well beyond the celeb focus suggested by its title, covering, for example, his photographs of native people in Australia, Sudan, India and Papua New Guinea, as well as the badlands of London’s East End.


John Lennon art to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York

London rock art aficionados – and fans of The Beatles – have a one-off chance to view rare John Lennon art at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street, from this Friday, in advance of their auction in New York on 4 June.

John Lennon drawing

John Lennon art: Untitled Lot 89, 1964/65, from You Might Well Arsk sale of Sotheby’s, New York. All rights of reproduction reserved to the Estate of the late John Lennon

If your budget doesn’t run to the estimated $15-25000 price tag of lot 89, above, you can always buy John Lennon art from his Beatles era in the recently reissued compendium of his two delightful books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, for under £8 from Amazon.

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John Lennon art in book form © Vintage Classics 2010

Nobody realised at the time, but John Lennon art was breaking new ground here. With these two books, Lennon asserted the right of rock musicians to demonstrate their creativity as visual artists and writers.

Here’s the Sotheby’s announcement:
“This sale comprises the most extensive collection of John Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts ever to come to auction.

“The material relates to In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, the two books Lennon wrote and illustrated at the height of Beatlemania in 1964-1965. The collection was given by Lennon to the visionary publisher Tom Maschler, who had persuaded Lennon to write a book of his comic verses and worked closely with him on the production of the books, and comes directly from his private collection.

“Highlights from the sale will be on view in Austin, Texas, 13-14 March, and in London, 21-24 March.

South Congress Books
Sheri Tornatore
1608 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Sotheby’s London
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA UK”