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Monday, 4 November 2013

September 2013

(30) Canada – Still riding high! The soft-back version of Marilyn, over two months prior to its official release, was at #5 in the “Hot New Releases” category on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 15th straight run in either the Top 10 or 15 charts on the site.

(28) The Railway, Felixstowe – Keith was “up” at Felixstowe this weekend for a top, top performance by The Kast-Off Kinks; a tribute band which features three original members; Mick Avory, John Dalton and John Gosling. Besides singing along to every Kinks classic performed that night, Keith also presented a simultaneous video show, featuring rare and hardly-seen archive clips of the band. (A highlight, standing alongside Mick as we watched an archive, 1966 clip of the band on German TV’s Beat, Beat, Beat.)

(26) Windsor, Berkshire – Opening of the Mike Randolph pictures presentation in Windsor, in advance of the Ricky Tick Club Retrospective evening.

(23) Germany – Lost for words… Another country cracked. On Amazon Germany, Keith’s Marilyn climbed to the Nr. 2 position in the “eBooks > Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Unterhaltung & Kultur > Filme > Geschichte & Kritik” Kindle shop and in the Nr. 14 slot in the “Englische Bücher > Unterhaltung  Kultur > Filme > Geschichte & Kritik” section in Kindle sales.
- Canada – Still there! Amazon Canada. The paperback version of Marilyn, not due out for another 3 months was at #2 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” books section and in the same position, #2, in the “Hot New Releases” category. So, on the same day, Keith’s Marilyn, in two varying formats was at No.2 in three completely different charts!

- Berkshire – Keith set to work on his latest Rockin’ The Box piece for Record Collector magazine. Under the spotlight today, Peter Gabriel’s rarely-seen appearance on a May 1977 edition of London Weekend Television’s Supersonic Saturday Scene.

(21) Canada – Simply incredible! Simply, simply incredible! The impressive run on Amazon Canada continued when the upcoming softback version of Marilyn returned to the #1 position in the “Hot New Releases” category…yep, #1…again! Incredible! While on the same site, on the very same day, the book was to be found at the #2 slot in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section and at #18 the actress’s Kindle versions chart PLUS at #9 in the “Books > Humour > Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” listings… As the saying goes, “You couldn’t make it up.”

(18) Canada – An interesting aside on Amazon Canada. The hardback edition of Keith’s Marilyn was at #26 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site and (get this) #74 in the “Kindle eBooks > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism” listings.

(16) Canada – Over at Amazon Canada, the paperback version of Marilyn stood at No.15 and thus marked a consecutive, uninterrupted run of 13 straight weeks in either the Top 10 or 15 of the “Hot New Releases” in biographies chart.

(13) Italy – Still in the Top 10! Today on Amazon Italy, Marilyn was at n.4 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” Kindle store and at n.11 in the “Arte, musica e cinema > Cinema e television” Libri (book) charts.

(11) America – A quick glance at Amazon.com saw Marilyn at #9 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” book chart on the site.

(10) London – sad news. A truly lovely bloke, fellow 60s aficionado, and a top boxing man, Dean Powell committed suicide in London this day. Keith had known him since 1997 and was proud to do so. “R.I.P., Dean, mate. It was a great pleasure knowing you.”

- Italy – A rise of 5 places to n.2 for Marilyn in Amazon Italy’s “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” Kindle Store chart.

(9) Canada – The (soon-to-be-released) US paperback edition of Marilyn stood at No.11 in the “Hot New Releases” in biographies section, and thus marked an un-interrupted run of 12 consecutive weeks in either the Top 10 or 15 of that chart.

- Italy – Latest news from Italy saw the Kindle version of Marilyn at n.7 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of Amazon Italy and at n.15 in the “Libri > Arte, musica e cinema > Cinema e television” area of the same site.

(7) Berkshire, PM – A return appearance to the mighty-fine bistro of Keith’s great, most trusted friend, John Barratt. Besides the riveting, most enlightening conversation, the chicken offered this evening was, once more, truly exquisite. (“Thanks, John mate!”)

(4) Italy – Marilyn reached the n.6 position in the “Kindle Store > eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section on Amazon Italy. Furthermore, the publication was to be found at n.24 in the “Libri > Arte, musica e cinema > Cinema e television” and at n.63 in the “> eBook Kindle > Biografie, diari e memorie > Biografie e autobiografie” section of the site.

- While in Canada, the amazing run continues, with the paperback edition of Marilyn (some three months before its release) still sitting in the #8 position on Amazon Canada in the “Hot New Releases” in biographies section. While, on the same day, the Kindle version of the publication was to be found in the #59 slot in the site’s “Best Sellers in Biographies” listing.

(3) South London – In a typical, South London boozer, Keith was seen as an extra, credited as “Man at bar” in the new, highly amusing, Danny Dyer sit-com, Power To The People. (Currently still in production, but expect a TV screening in the – hopefully - not too distant future.)