Beats & Threads: Fashion of a Beatle


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Heading across the universe this holiday season comes another special gift for Ringo Starr fans and music and fashion history connoisseurs, “BEATS & THREADS,” a new limited-edition retrospective hardcover book by the legendary drummer and beloved global icon to be sold exclusively by the publishing division of Julien’s Auctions, the industry’s leading Rock ‘N’ Roll memorabilia auction house.

Ringo’s latest publication is an unprecedented chronicle of over 70 years of his legendary sonic and sartorial style dedicated solely to his historic drum kits and era defining garments that in time signature made music and fashion history.

Limited-edition retrospective hardcover book titled Beats & Threads: Fashion of a Beatle is offered for sale online exclusively for $80 each.

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Ringo’s Sergeant Pepper ensembleFeaturing nearly 300 shimmering images capturing iconic and many never-before-seen intimate moments of Ringo’s illustrious life and career, along with the drum icon’s warm memories told in his own words, this immense tribute to the enduring influence and time transcending impact of the Fab Four member is a ticket to ride through fashion and Beatles history and gets back to why Ringo’s trend setting threads were as signature as the beat of his drums.

Ringo – in collaboration with noted historian, author, speaker, drummer, and vintage drum collector, Gary Astridge – offers for the first-time the most comprehensive look at his legendary Beatles-era drum kits containing decades of research-based information with curated and detailed photographs of these pieces of music history.

Ringo at the Ludwig snare presentationThe work incorporates archival documentation including drum specifications, contracts with drum making companies such as Ajax Edgware, music engagement schedules and more. The book uncovers new perspectives and untold stories of Ringo’s and the Beatles’ musical and style evolution, such as the remarkable revelation of The Beatles’ “Drop-T” logo and its actual creator, Eddie Stokes, includes the one and only photo that exists of the late freelance sign painter of one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

Ringo Starr Beats and Threads
Nine of Ringo's original drum kits are presented here:

Ringo Starr Beats and Threads

  • 1958 Ajax Edgware drum kit
  • 1960 Premier Mahogany Duroplastic
  • 1963 Ludwig Downbeat Drum kit
  • 1963 Oyster Black Pearl Ludwig Jazz Festival Snare Drum (considered one of his most important and utilized instrument in Ringo’s assortment of drums throughout his Beatles career and heard on most of their recordings)
  • 1964 Ludwig Downbeat Drum kit
  • 1964 Ludwig Super Classic Drum kit
  • 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Drum kit
  • 1967 Ludwig Super Classic Drum kit
  • 1967 Ludwig Silver Sparkle Drum kit
Also featured are his cymbals, concert toms, and beyond.

Alongside this treasure trove of information are pages bursting with dazzling images of Ringo’s iconic clothing worn playing behind his drums, his life off and on the road, in studio and at home.

Beatles’iconic three-piece black suit designed by Douglas MillingsFrom the early influence of the Beatles manager and father figure, Brian Epstein (who was instrumental in creating their early modern look of the Beatles’ iconic three-piece black suit designed by Douglas Millings and Beatle Boots) to the Fab Four’s individual and most photographed styles - such as Ringo’s “Hey Jude” green pinstripe three-piece ensemble worn in the filming of their iconic performance filmed at Twickenham Film Studios on August 4, 1968 to his custom-made embellished “All You Need is Love” lavender silk tunic - these photographs capture the decades’ spirit and the Beatles phenomenon.

custom-made embellished “All You Need is Love” lavender silk tunicAdding to the lore are Ringo’s unforgettable and inimitable style created by the designers who crafted these artisanal pieces from London’s most distinguished designers on Savile Row to King’s Road, Chelsea to the hippie floral shirts and bold color jackets from the Hung on You boutique as well as Ringo’s insouciant choice of wearing then wife Maureen’s red vinyl raincoat to protect himself from the inclement weather in the Beatles’ 1969 mythic Apple Studios rooftop performance of the filming of “Let It Be”.

“I enjoyed getting it together with the help of Gary, Scotty and Julien’s and I hope you enjoy it too! Peace and love, Ringo,” said Ringo Starr.


The massive impact of The Beatles on music, fashion, and culture in general, is a once-in-a-century phenomenon that is unimaginable in today’s hyper-fragmented entertainment environment. In 1964, at age seven, experiencing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show undoubtedly changed my life’s trajectory. Whatever I may have been, the influences of John, Paul, George, and most assuredly Ringo, changed me as a person, living an entirely different life. The same might be said for many who are reading this book. These pages contain decades of research-based information, along with previously unknown perspectives. Many are based on personal interactions and conversations with Ringo, along with little-known eyewitnesses to the Beatle phenomenon, some of whom are mentioned in the credits of this book. My hands-on access to all of Ringo's existing Beatle-era drums has provided answers to many questions that had lingered for decades while opening new doors of interest and research. Included are plenty of never-before-seen photos, noteworthy facts, and interesting backstories about Ringo’s drums and fashion. Enjoy. Gary Astridge


Exclusive first edition books are offered for $80 each.

Ringo Starr Beats and Threads
The proceeds of the book will benefit The Lotus FoundationThe Lotus Foundation whose mission funds supports, participates in and promotes charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas including, but not limited to substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness, and animals in need.

Ringo wearing the red vinyl rooftop Apple Studios raincoat behind his 1967 Ludwig Hollywood drum kit

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