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How To Alienate Your Fans

Ringo Starr: Don't send me any more fan mail - Yahoo! News

The fan fatigue led the former Beatles drummer to post a sometimes angry sounding short video clip on his Web site telling fans that any mail sent to him after Oct. 20 will not be read or answered. British television stations broadcast the video on Tuesday.

"It's going to be tossed," he says on the video. "I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love."

Okay, I don't think Ringo owes anybody anything and he has a right to not have to sign autographs and answer fan mail. I can't imagine what that must be like, especially since the guy has (sort of, heh) been in the spotlight for over 40 years. But man, have some tact. Do what Stephen King did. Instead of making a dick sounding video addressing the people who have supported you over the years, hire a freaking secretary or assistant to read your mail and answer it. There are plenty of people looking for a job right now, I'm sure you can find someone.

posted by brendoman | 10/14/08| 10:22:10 am| Tunes, Rants and Raves|


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Comment from: dez [Visitor]

I am the quintessential anachronistic Beatles fan. Of all the Beatles, you would think that Starr would be the most gracious, considering that he was neither a founding member, nor a major contributor to their music. Or, maybe it’s this fact that has him so pissed off. Who knows, but he’s lucky to have the fame he does and if not for those adoring fans he would have nothing.


10/15/08 @ 06:51