It is not often that we get the opportunity to speak to a historian/curator to one of the greatest drummers in music history. However, we have now done that. Enter Gary Astridge. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Astridge is well known as one of the (if not the) preeminent experts on Ringo Starr and his drum kits.
Astridge’s work is nothing short of iconic; it touches both the creation and preservation of history and it plays an important role in honoring one of the most prolific timekeepers of all time.
Astridge, a very likeable person himself, comes well equipped to do the job. He is a working professional drummer (he performs with the BBC Band), a musical entrepreneur, and, he has excelled in honing his craft as a compelling lecturer with regular speaking stints at PASIC, NAMM, and the Chicago Drum Show, to name a few.
However, Astridge has perhaps outdone himself as a drum builder by recreating a limited edition of Ringo Starr’s 1963 Jazz Festival snare drum. The authenticity, precision, and craftmanship of this drum–built in collaboration with the Ludwig Drum Company–is truly a piece of art which is married to history.
Even if you are not a drummer, Astridge has the ability to command a room’s attention when the topic of The Beatles, Ringo Starr, and the musical revolution of the 1960s arises.
Therefore, we invite you to take a few minutes to listen to our sit down with Gary Astridge. Indeed, this man is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Ringo Starr and his famous drum kits. Moreover, we feel that Gary Astridge has a unique take with his compelling historical commentary on Ringo Starr’s significant contributions that helped change the course of music history. Clearly, Gary Astridge’s knowledge, experience and insight–as a preeminent historian/curator to Ringo Starr–is well worth the price of admission in and of itself. Now let’s hear from the man himself: