Who Stole Ringo's Drums?

In a daring heist that has baffled the New York Police Department, a former U.S. diplomat was murdered and an iconic musical instrument was stolen from a Park Avenue party on Saturday night. No witnesses were found among the 70 guests attending the gathering.

The stolen object, a Ludwig oyster black pearl Downbeat made famous in February 1964 during its debut appearance with The Beatles, is believed to be the key to solving the crime. A number of Avedis Zildjian cymbals played during this historic performance were also stolen, as were a number of rare cymbals from the Zildjian family vault, some of them dating back to 17th-century Constantinople.

So begins Dangerous Illusions, a novel of murder, theft, betrayal and drums set in contemporary New York that is scheduled for publication in hardcover by Atreus Books on February 9, 2014 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the iconic drum’s debut appearance in America with the Fab Four. The eBook is now available in 190 countries through Amazon, Apple, Google and wherever digital editions are sold.


"What a great book! Dangerous Illusions brings back many great memories of that night, as a 4th grader watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and commenting to my Father - 'gee Dad, the Ludwig name keeps coming on the screen!' What a cool feeling... Then to have our phones at the Ludwig Drum Company ringing off the hooks for the RINGO set the following day. Thank you for the tribute to Ludwig Drums and the Ludwig Family in Dangerous Illusions.”

– William F. Ludwig III
Columnist, Not So Modern Drummer
Grandson of Ludwig Drum Company founder William F. Ludwig, Sr.

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