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Ringo in Rolling Stone

1.14.2008


Ringo Starr has a new album out called Liverpool 8, but of course the Rolling Stone interviewer asked him about Beatles stuff, as any warm-blooded being would:

Do you remember a particular Beatles session that was exceptionally difficult?

The worst session ever was "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." It was the worst track we ever had to record. It went on for fucking weeks. I thought it was mad.

What about the flip side?

One of my all-time favorites is "Yer Blues." We were just in an eight-foot room, with no separation, just doing what we do best: playing.

A few years back, Rolling Stone declared Sgt. Pepper the greatest album of all time. Agree?

No. I'd say the White Album. Or, in many ways, Revolver.

...It's been said that you rarely screwed up a Beatles take in the studio. What about live?

At a show in '64, in Indianapolis, I had taken too much medication, and I couldn't play...at any speed! Paul looked at me and went, "One, two, three, four!" and I went, "Ohhhh." I just couldn't manage it.

By medication, you mean a beer or two?

I mean anything I could get my hands on. Remember, I was the quiet one.






Whaaa? I thought George was the quiet one.

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