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Editing Studio, Central London, January 2014 - Keith's second big assignment of the year; Chief Archive Researcher on the Official KISS movie, 'You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best'. Here he is pictured with a part of its team; Director, Alan G. Parker and Editor, Ceres Doyle. Image taken by its Producer, Alexa Morris.

Monday, 6 January 2014

November 2013

(29) Canada – Still hanging in there. The upcoming Marilyn paperback (set for release in America / Canada in just two weeks time) was to be found at #3 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It meant that it had been placed in those listing for almost 24 straight-weeks!!

(26 – 27) Leafy Berkshire – With contracts duly signed, Keith duly put his head down and typed, for two straight days, text intended for the new, highly-exciting Beatles project.

(22) UK – The fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s tragic assassination and Keith was to be found discussing the tragic event and in particular his supposed relationship with actress, Marilyn Monroe on two BBC Radio shows.

- It’s announced that Good Ol’ Freda, the movie based on the life of The Beatles’ Fan Club secretary, Freda Kelly, on which Keith was the archive consultant, will be screened on More4 in the UK and Europe on December 10.

(21) London, West End – A day intended to be spent with legendary photographer, Philip Townsend, discussing a new project, didn’t quite (cough, cough) go to plan.

(20) Canada – The forthcoming Marilyn softback was to be found at #6 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(19) Canada - The upcoming Marilyn paperback (set for release in America/ Canada on December 10) was to be found at the lofty #3 position in the Amazon Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 22-week in the Top 5, 10 or 20 charts on the site.

(18) UK – It’s finally here! (Via UPS) The very first paperback copy of Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years arrived in England! Thomas Dunne Books in New York did a truly superb job!! “Thank you all!”

- Leafy Berkshire – Record Collector magazine calls. A review of the superb new Gene Clark DVD, The Byrd Who Flew Alone and Keith’s latest Rockin’ The Box (Pop Goes New Year from 1983) were typed-out.

(16) Leafy Berkshire – That time again; a return appearance to John Barratt’s bistro. Chicken Curry (amongst the finest you could eat) was served and accompanied the fine conversation quite delightfully. (“Thanks, John, mate!”)

(14) 12 Bar Club, West End London – Book launch of the new, highly-recommended, Terry Rawlings/ Paul Spendell paperback, Brian Jones: The Final Truth (Rock Book Shop publications); another top night, with live bands & top, top company, including Nelson Bragg, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys’ drummer. (“Sorry to bore you, mate with a multitude of questions about them!”)

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Another massive, exceptionally busy day of phone calls, emails, researching and typing, the latter two for the new, upcoming, still secretive Beatles project. Time was also spent today confirming to the newspaper, The Liverpool Echo Marilyn Monroe never once paid a visit to the city of Liverpool during her visit to our shores in 1956. (Thanks Anne Marie for the tip-off!)

(12) Leafy Berkshire – A busy day preparing and sending-out treatments of the Marilyn TV/movie idea, to contacts made at the Factual Televisual Festival the previous week…”nothing ventured, nothing gained, aye?”

(11) Canada - The upcoming Marilyn softback (set for release on December 10) was to be found at #8 in the Amazon Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 21-week in the Top 5, 10 or 20 charts on the site.

(6 & 7) London, West End – Return appearance to the BAFTAs. Keith, as a guest of NBC America, was in attendance at the sold-out, prestigious, media, two-day, Factual Televisual Festival. A highly enjoyable time was had by all; after which, our Mr Badman hastily jumped onto the train (in true Beatlemania style) for an excursion to “Peter Lawford-land” to tie-up some loose-ends.

(4) Canada – The softback of Marilyn was at #8 in the Amazon Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 20-week, fifth-straight month run in either the Top 10 or 20 charts on the site. While it was also to be found – for the very first time - at #2 in the “Hot New Releases in People (( M ))” and at #5 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” sections of the site.

- The latest issue of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s piece on Peter Gabriel’s 1977 appearance on LWT/ITV’s Supersonic Saturday Scene, landed on door mats across the country.

(1) Canada - What a cracking start to the Month! Despite the fact it’s not set to be released for another 6 weeks, the softback edition of Keith’s Marilyn raced back to the #1 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- Furthermore, it also climbed to the #6 position in the “Hot New Releases in Biographies”, the #12 slot in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and the #71 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” listings on the site.

- While, on the same day, on the same site, the hardback version of the book was sitting in the #13 slot in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” chart. Phew!