Ringo Starr, Beatle Behind the Lens


Aidin Vaziri | Ringo Starr wasn’t happy when he had to postpone his All-Starr Band’s San Francisco date earlier this year. “I picked up a bug in South America,” he says. “You know how it is. It starts out very small and then it wants to eat your whole body.”

The former Beatles drummer is feeling much better now, thank you. This week Starr, 75, will wrap up a tour in support of his 18th studio record, “Postcards From Paradise,” with a makeup date at the Masonic on Thursday, Oct. 1, and headlining set at the Sonoma Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3.

In April, Starr became the fourth and final member of the Beatles inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. He also just published the open edition of his book “Photograph,” which features some 250 candid images of him and his bandmates — John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison — taken behind the scenes, out of the spotlight at the height of Beatlemania.

They are shots no one else could have taken.

“Everybody’s guard was down,” says Starr, during a rare interview from his Los Angeles home. “We were just hanging out.”

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