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Ringo takes a shot. And Again.
October 30, 2013 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Ringo Starr photgraphed 5 Beatles fans on their way to a concert 50 years ago. Now, he's tracked them all down and shot the same photo again.
posted by 256 (21 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Dear Sally, in response to your letter of December the twelfth, 1966, me favourite colour is blue, and me real first name is Richard. Thanks for the snapshot, you’re a real cute bird. Love, Ringo. P.S. forgive the lateness of my reply."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:23 PM on October 30, 2013 [46 favorites]


In certain other parts of the internet, Marisa Stole the Precious Thing's comment would be followed by "done in one."

In lieu of that, I'll say "came here for the Simpsons reference, leaving satisfied."
posted by dhens at 8:26 PM on October 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


It was the Today Show that actually tracked them down and took the photo. But They are being flown out by Ringo to see him in a concert in Las Vegas, I believe.
posted by gryftir at 8:26 PM on October 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Being stalked and photographed by a celebrity is quite the man bites dog story.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 8:29 PM on October 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


When I was younger, much younger, I thought if I was a Beatle that I would be Ringo because like him, I was a goofy looking fucker.

This warms the cockles of my heart. I get a real kick out of seeing the toll that time takes from people. I used to sit at the retirement home I was made to volunteer at when I was 14 and wonder what those people looked like when they were young. It was impossible for me then - as much as I tried, I couldn't possibly relate.

This has gotten easier with time.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:45 PM on October 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


What happened to the 6th fan?
posted by Bwithh at 8:47 PM on October 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


I would be pissed if I were excluded from the picture because the fucking Today Show couldn't put on their glasses to see that I exist, man.
posted by Redfield at 8:48 PM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was the Today Show that actually tracked them down and took the photo. But They are being flown out by Ringo to see him in a concert in Las Vegas

Hope they don't ask him to sign anything.
posted by chococat at 9:02 PM on October 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Interesting project by Ringo. As for other Ringo viz art, I found myself bewildered and confused by his (microsoft?) paintings earlier this week, particularly the 2005 gallery. I... well, there's no accounting for taste, I guess.
posted by metaman livingblog at 9:28 PM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Excellent use of the gettingolder tag.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:35 PM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


"'5 fans has a nice ring to it. Forget the 6th guy in the back...he's probably too old to remember anyways" -Matt Lauer
posted by W.S (disambiguation) at 10:52 PM on October 30, 2013


"'5 fans has a nice ring to it. Forget the 6th guy in the back...he's probably too old to remember anyways" -Matt Lauer

Am I the only one to think it's remarkable after 50 years they're all still alive? Perhaps that's the fate of the 6th man.
posted by maxwelton at 1:40 AM on October 31, 2013


Am I the only one to think it's remarkable after 50 years they're all still alive? Perhaps that's the fate of the 6th man.

If they were teenagers at the time*, they'd be in their mid-to-late 60s now, so the odds aren't too bad.

* did people continue being into rock'n'roll into their 20s back then, or were they expected to have well and truly grown out of all that teenybopper stuff by the time they got a job/married/bought a house?
posted by acb at 3:26 AM on October 31, 2013


What's the car in the new photo? I like it.
posted by Melismata at 4:37 AM on October 31, 2013


You guys don't get it. When Ringo took the original photo... there were only five people in the car!
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:38 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Am I the only one to think it's remarkable after 50 years they're all still alive? Perhaps that's the fate of the 6th man.

In the linked Daily Mail article it mentions that the 6th teenager, Matt Blender, has passed away.
posted by derforsher at 4:44 AM on October 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Simple explanation: They mention five Beatles fans in the car. The sixth person in the car in the first shot was not a Beatles fan. Therefore, he doesn't figure into the count.

The blond lady with the bangs hardly looks a day older. If she's had work done, it is damn good work, and worth every penny. If it's just good genes, I hope she has a big family passing them around.

Ringo is a smart and creative guy, who probably never got enough credit for it because of his whimsical-sounding stage name.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:18 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


In the linked Daily Mail article it mentions that the 6th teenager, Matt Blender, has passed away.

and

"'5 fans has a nice ring to it. Forget the 6th guy in the back...he's probably too old to remember anyways" -Matt Lauer



Really kind of sums up the thoughtlessness and dickheadedness of ol Matt
posted by edgeways at 6:44 AM on October 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


When did Ringo become the coolest Beatle?
posted by chairface at 9:32 AM on October 31, 2013


chariface: When he became the second-to-last standing Beatle along with Paul.
posted by Mooseli at 12:07 PM on October 31, 2013


When hasn't Ringo been the coolest Beatle, would be my question.
posted by maxwelton at 1:58 PM on October 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


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