Was Ringo Starr the Original Instagrammer?

The former Beatles drummer on his love of photography (and cows) and how he almost chased his country music dreams

RELAXED IN black, a backward cap and his ever-present sunglasses, Sir Ringo Starr, 78, is quick to unleash his trademark wit, as droll as it was when the Beatles first touched down in the U.S. in 1964. “Twenty questions?” he asked as we took our positions in a villa at Los Angeles’s Sunset Marquis hotel. “Nah, I’ll give you 10 questions. Just cut the answers in two.”

His years with the Beatles are, of course, a relatively small part of what Mr. Starr calls “life’s rich pageant.” He was the first to score a massive hit after the band’s breakup—1970’s “It Don’t Come Easy”—and since then he’s done everything from performing charitable work to voicing the conductor on TV’s “Thomas the Tank Engine” and touring almost ceaselessly after his first outing with his All Starr Band in 1989.

Mr. Starr’s latest endeavor is “Another Day In The Life,” the third in a series of illustrated memoirs. While the first, “Postcards From the Boys,” showcased messages he and his ’60s bandmates shared throughout their lives, his new book highlights a lesser-known aspect of Mr. Starr’s restless creative spirit: Ringo Starr, photographer. Here, 17 of his answers, edited for space if not all cut in half.

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