Ringo Starr to Russell Brand: ‘I will never write an autobiography’

The two Brits were in conversation in Los Angeles

Ringo Starr has said that he will never write his autobiography.

During a live radio interview in Los Angeles with comedian and actor Russell Brand for SiriusXM yesterday (January 30), the drummer said that he’s been asked to write his memoirs, but that publishers are only interested in his time with The Beatles. He said: “I’ve been asked to write an autobiography of myself, but they really only want those eight years… And I say, ‘But there are 10 volumes before we get to that, and 20 afterwards.'”

Rolling Stone reports that during the interview Ringo was told that it was the 43rd anniversary of The Beatles‘ final live show in London, on the rooftop of their Apple studio. Of the performance, Ringo remembered: “The police came to stop us, and I was on the roof: ‘Come on, drag me off!’ It would be so dramatic, and the damn cop wouldn’t drag me off!”


Of living in the digital age, Ringo said: “I love the modern technology now. I was a little opposed to it – ‘Oh, in my day, we used to have a donkey turning the wheel, and two guys chewing tape to make it soft.'”

You can hear Ringo Starr’s new album ‘Ringo 2012’ in full on NME.COM by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. The album, which was officially released yesterday, is the sticksman’s 17th solo effort and features nine tracks in all. It includes guest performances from The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and the Eurythmics‘ Dave Stewart.

‘Ringo 2012’ has been produced by the drummer himself and also features collaborations with Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks and Alanis Morissette co-writer Glen Ballard. It is the follow-up to his 2010 album ‘Y Not’, which featured collaborations with Joss Stone, Ben Harper and his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney on the track ‘Walk With You’.