Ringo Starr, for Rolling Stone magazine, Hollywood, 1980
Gelatin silver print on paper
20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)
This photograph of Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr was taken on December 9th, 1980 for the April 30, 1981 cover of Rolling Stone. Starr would release his album Stop and Smell the Roses later that year, featuring some songs produced by his former band mates George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Starr appears somber and brooding, undoubtedly caused by John Lennon’s death the previous day. In contrast to Starr’s serious demeanor is the checkered Bridget Riley poster and his striped pants. The patterns combine to form an energetic, dynamic air at odds with the gravity of Starr’s expression. Soon after this was taken Starr and his wife, then-girlfriend Barbara Bach, would return to New York City to be with Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
(Reference: Icons and Legends: The Photography of Michael Childers)
: The work is signed on the front (lower right, border) and bears the title “Ringo Starr,” location “Hollywood,” edition number 24/30, and year of creation “1980” on the back.
Ringo, wearing striped slacks, poses before a background in a small, black-and-white pattern.
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