As Ringo Starr turns 80, he talks about his life, Beatles journey, including that unfortunate Manila experience

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As he turns 80 on July 7, Ringo Starr reflects on the major turning points in his life.

He ended up playing drums for the greatest band in rock history, alongside Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. In this recent video call, the man who was considered the Beatles’ heart and soul suddenly showed up on my laptop screen, half an hour early. He thought the interview was at 11:30 in the morning. It was set at noon.

A few minutes before noon, Ringo appeared again on my screen, with the most disarming smile and giving us the peace sign. “Peace and love” is his mantra. He also wore a necklace with a peace sign pendant. Cutting to the present, Ringo was asked about the escalation of racial issues since the death of George Floyd. The Beatles were noted for refusing to play to segregated audiences.

Ringo added about the woman who was controversial in the band’s lore. “I’ve never felt uncomfortable with her. I played on the Plastic Ono’s first records, John’s and hers. That’s what it’s about. We’re supporting each other. I saw her the summer before in New York. If I’m there, we say hi.” In the never-ending journey of the legendary band, Peter Jackson came up with a new documentary, “The Beatles: Get Back,” which he created from footage captured by Michael Lindsay-Hoggs for a 1970 documentary on the group.


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