I walked into the Grammy Museum with a list of questions for a rock icon. It was the press avail to talk to Ringo Starr about the museum's new exhibit, "Ringo, Peace & Love".
Now, I'll admit I was slightly conflicted. Growing up I was a big John Lennon fan and had great respect for Paul McCartney's song writing—but Ringo? He sang a handful of songs, barely, and only wrote two. Did he really deserve a museum exhibit?
Then, as I stood in the Grammy theater and watched a ten minute highlight reel of Starr from 1964 to 2010 (performing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards with Sir Paul), I thought, ‘Damn this man is truly part of history.' And, as I watched, I glanced behind me and ten feet away, waiting for his introduction, was the man himself. I wasn't conflicted any longer. Starr is a rock star.
He mused for ten or fifteen minutes on stage, talking about how he found old photos that comprise his new ebook "Photograph" (not a bad song). He was funny, friendly if not slightly aloof—which he's allowed. It's not that Ringo is the best drummer ever. There are others who are faster, more innovative… It's that Ringo was the first iconic rock and roll drummer; the bobble-headed Beatle that enjoyed his drumming so much he inspired generations of drummers to come.
So I rate this news conference right up there with, well, the time I asked Paul McCartney a couple questions here in LA! It was a great stop on the way into work.
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