Ringo Starr exhibit to open June 12 at Grammy Museum

Ringo Starr, photographed at the Grammy Museum in 2010, is the focus of a new exhibit, "Ringo: Peace and Love," opening at the museum June 12.
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

This post has been updated. See note below for details.

The Grammy Museum will put up its third salute to a Beatle with the June 12 opening of “Ringo: Peace and Love,” billed as “the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr.” It’s also touted as the first major U.S. exhibition focusing on a rock drummer.

Museum officials have gathered previously unpublished photos, correspondence and film footage as well as iconic items from Starr’s career. Some of the notable artifacts include the drum kits he played when the Beatles performed historic concerts on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and at Shea Stadium in New York, his military-inspired costume from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the red jacket he wore on the group’s 1969 farewell concert on the rooftop of Apple Records in London.


The exhibit also will have an interactive feature allowing visitors to take a virtual music lesson with the world’s most famous rock drummer.

In addition to his music with the Beatles and as a solo artist in the 40 years after the group disbanded, the show will touch on his activities as an actor, philanthropist and peace activist.

Starr has made several visits to the Grammy Museum, including a Q&A; session and performance in 2010 in conjunction with the release of his album “Y Not.” At that time, the Grammy Museum was hosting an exhibit of Alfred Wertheimer’s 1956 photos of Elvis Presley, which Starr visited and spoke about with The Times.

“Ringo: Peace and Love” will run through November, and then tour select cities to be announced. Full information is available on the Grammy Museum’s website. The museum has also previously hosted shows dedicated to the lives and careers of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Update March 8 at 7:40 a.m.: An earlier version of this post described the Beatles 1969 rooftop as beinb on top of the Abbey Road studio. It was on the roof of Apple Records.



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