The rise of social media has led to a proliferation of posted personal photos, and the usual comments that appear below, including occasional observations that show a lack of understanding about the story behind the snapshot.
Now imagine being famous, very famous, and having countless people interpret your experience, even though you and your bandmates are the only ones who truly know all the details. Yes, we did say "bandmates" and yes, we are referring to Ringo Starr, who is pictured above, and who just happens to be a Beatle and a most excellent photographer.
Mr. Starr and his trusty Pentax captured many behind-the-scenes snaps of The Fab Four, and friends, and his travels over the years, and he'll appear for one night only at the El Rey Theatre to chat about his passion and new book, which is called "PHOTOGRAPH."
The date is Friday, Sept. 25 and tickets go on sale on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 o'clock in the morning.
The moderated on-stage conversation will burble with anecdotes, memories, and such, and "rare and unseen photographs drawn from his personal archives" will give Mr. Starr a few fun and surely emotion-filled prompts for starting another lively tale from his past.
Genesis Publications will release "PHOTOGRAPH" on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Look for it in bookstores from here to every other Beatles-obsessed place on the planet.
And as far as authentically telling the story of history's best-known band? Well, everyone, of course, has something to share, from the fans to the people who worked with The Beatles to The Beatles themselves. This is not to say that a photo not hailing from the camera belonging to a Beatle doesn't have merit; it absolutely does, and it is part of the larger, lovelier whole.
But seeing snaps from Mr. Starr, and hearing his own inside-the-fold remembrances, does add a deeper dimension to the business of Beatles-based memory-making. And, of course, getting to know the forever-merry man behind the drumkit, specifically what captured his photographer's fancy and the turn of his lens.