Ringo Starr was appointed a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters, the singer announced Sept. 25. Past honorees include actor-comedian Jerry Lewis, Sean Connery and David Bowie. Ringo received the award in Monaco, where his artwork was being exhibited along with that of other celebrities, including Paul McCartney, Graham Nash, Ron Wood and Bob Dylan. According to Ringo's website, the show, entitled "Arternativelight", features work inspired by magic and mystery of the seas and oceans and is on display from Sept. 25 to Oct. 13.
SPANISH BEATLES FILM WOWS CRITICS: A film about the effects of Beatlemania set in Spain during the era of dictator Francisco Franco has been well received by critics, reports Digital Journal Sept. 24. The film, titled "Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados", or "Living Is easy with your eyes closed," is about a Spanish school teacher who plays Beatles songs to teach his pupils English. But the film doesn't tell the real story, according to LennonAlmeriaforever Beatlemanos on Facebook. He says the real person behind the story, Juan Carrion, now 89 and living in Caragena, still teaches and was the subject of an amateur documentary many years ago.
BBC BONUS IN UK: The Beatles UK Store is offering a free CD sampler of “On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2” with a vinyl order. The offer is said to be limited to the first 1,000 copies. Also being offered is an exclusive art print.
ANOTHER “NEW” BONUS TRACK: Both the Japanese units of Amazon.com and Tower Records are now showing a Paul McCartney “New” bonus track strictly for Japan called “Struggle” produced by Giles Martin. "Struggle" apparently replaces "Scared," which was listed through Walmart at one point. And his fans on his official website have voiced complaints about the bonus tracks available on different releases. The track will likely be very available on the internet. (Don't miss our coverage of McCartney's "New" album, the most complete anywhere, begins here.)
VINTAGE BEATLES: The Huffington Post has a slideshow of vintage Beatles photos few, if any, rare, but a nice collection.
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