Genesis Publications and Ringo Starr proudly announce the upcoming release of PHOTOGRAPH, a collection of never-before-seen material, including photos taken by Ringo as well as exclusive images from his own personal archives. The material will first be published as an ebook, available exclusively on the iBookstore, on June 12 2013 in conjunction with the Grammy Museum Exhibit, “Ringo: Peace & Love”, where select images from the book will be displayed. A limited-edition hand-bound book, signed by Ringo Starr, will follow in December 2013. An exclusive excerpt of PHOTOGRAPH appears in the June 10, 2013 issue of PEOPLE, the No. 1 celebrity magazine in the U.S. The issue is available nationwide on newsstands (and on tablets) Friday, May 31.
‘These are shots that no one else could have.’ – Ringo
Ringo shares forgotten photographs of his childhood home, family holidays and all-night parties on his road to stardom. He candidly captures his Beatles bandmates in pensive and playful moments: washing, eating, recording, smoking, drinking and playing monopoly. Pictures of ‘the boys’ are joined by Ringo’s travel photography, taking you inside the car with The Beatles as they toured the world. His photographs and stories portray four lads from Liverpool, trying to live normal lives amidst the frenzy that surrounded them.
‘A good time was had by all in those days.’ – Ringo
The digital book lifts the Genesis design off the page into an interactive format. Readers can pick up and zoom in on photographs as they scroll through Ringo’s memoir, while audio clips narrated by Ringo tell the previously unheard stories of the photos. Ringo tells tales of growing up in Liverpool and his time in hospital, where he played a drum for the first time. He remembers his first car, drum-kit, girls and bands, amidst the excitement of the emerging Merseybeat scene. Ringo has also filmed exclusive videos for this ebook, featuring interviews, music and animation.
‘I’ve got a lot of pictures in the ebook, a lot more in the real book and some in the exhibition in the Grammy Museum.’ – Ringo
Genesis have been making fine limited editions since 1974. On the eve of their 40th anniversary, Genesis are delighted to be making their very first ebook, especially with an author that is an integral part of their company history. Using Apple software to bring their designs into the digital dimension, the ebook was created exclusively for the iBookstore. ‘Genesis did a great job on my book POSTCARDS FROM THE BOYS – so why would I go anywhere else? I did my first book with the father and now my second with his son.’ – Ringo
The PHOTOGRAPH ebook will be followed with a traditional hand-crafted Genesis limited edition book, each copy signed by Ringo Starr. This will be an expansion of the ebook, with a wealth of new memorabilia, photographs and text taking you deeper into Ringo’s early life, his Beatle days and beyond. Hear about Ringo’s adventures, mishaps and movies, with appearances from an all-Starr cast of friends.
Combining traditional printing and craftsman bookbinding with innovative designs, Genesis books are designed to be treasured for a lifetime. This hand-bound volume will elevate the ebook to the next level. Ringo Starr will personally sign each of the 2,500 numbered books in the limited edition.
Available exclusively on iTunes ® and the iBookstore ℠ from May 29 2013
Pre-order price £8.99 / $9.99 / 9.99 Euro
Publication June 12 2013, price: £9.99 / $12.99 / 11.99 Euro
About Genesis Publications:
‘It’s an honour to publish Ringo Starr and create a first-ever ebook for Genesis Publications in aid of The Lotus Foundation. The ebook is the perfect introduction to Ringo’s personal archives, which will be preserved in a hand-bound limited edition book this Christmas, created with the love and care readers have come to expect from Genesis over the last 39 years.’ – Nick Roylance, Genesis Publications
In the late 19th century, under the influence of William Morris, the private press flourished in Britain, creating books that were works of art in themselves. Similarly inspired, Genesis Publications was founded as an independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and craftsmanship.
In an interview with The New York Times, Genesis’ late founder Brian Roylance commented, ‘I don’t know of many people who go to this much trouble to produce a book anymore. But I think there is a future for it.’ Inspired by this idea, Genesis is proud to create some of the most sought after books in the world.
Authors and contributors who have participated in Genesis limited editions include David Bowie, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Yoko Ono, Sir George Martin, Jimmy Page and The Rolling Stones.
Genesis dispatches books to a global community of readers in over 50 countries. Around 100 signed limited editions have been created with renowned authors, as varied as they are many. Their editions feature in the collections of the world’s finest libraries, including New York Public Library’s Rare and Fine Printed Book Department.
‘Genesis Publications… creators of lushly designed rock photo books.’ – The New York Times