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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

July 2014

(31) Canada / Italy – What a great end to the month. For three straight days, with its stock now depleted, Keith’s Marilyn was still the “most wished for” book on Amazon Canada; while in Italy, the Kindle version of it was at n.19 in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the site.

(30) Canada – One day on and Keith’s Marilyn was still the most wished-for book on the actress on Amazon Canada. How cool!

(29) Canada – Over the moon!! Amazon Canada. Marilyn raced back to the No.1 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” on the site, and was at No.3 in the Marilyn best-sellers listing on the site. (“Wonderful!! Just wonderful!!”)
- A most pleasant visit to Church and then an invigorated Keith returned to further extensive work on the new ITV and Beatles projects.

(28) Leafy Berkshire – Yep, Record Collector time again. Keith penned his latest Rockin’ The Box feature; this time, Kate Bush’s (rarely seen, never repeated) first appearance on ITV’s tea-time pop show, Razzmatazz, in July 1981.

(23) America - Thanks to reader, Jerry Quinn for this excellent review of Marilyn on Amazon.com “Great book…The seller, the price, the book were all excellent. Great read about how the Kennedys and Peter Lawford were involved in her death. Could not put it down.” (“Thanks Jerry, you’re a star!”)

(22) Leafy Berkshire – Work on the new, rather exciting Beatles project progresses. “Hope everyone likes it,” Keith said. (It’s set for release mid-2016)

(20) O2 London, England – A rather happy Mr Badman was sat in the audience at the final night of the Monty Python reunion shows. “Spam-spam-spam and spam,” he thought. (“I seemed to know every line from every sketch… but it was still most enjoyable!”)

(19) Leafy Berkshire – Yep, that time again, a return visit to the home of the fine cook, Mr John Barratt. Once again, a night of top food, and fine conversation was on the agenda. (“Thanks, John, mate. You’re a top chap and a star!”)

(18) Italy – Back in the Top 100! The kindle version of Marilyn climbed back up to the n.98 position in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e televisione” section on Amazon Italy.

(17) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day of research and typing on the new Beatles project. (“More news on this shortly, by the way.”)

(14) America – A climb back up to the #9 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon and the #88 spot in the “Humor & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism” are of the site. - The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s piece on Joe Strummer landed on door-mats across the country (and Europe).

- Another busy day of typing (and researching) on the new Beatles project.

(12) America – What a welcome surprise! Exactly two years after its US release, Marilyn made a fabulous jump up to the #9 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon.com.

(10) South London – Another trip into the capital, to see (and discuss new projects with) Tel and Mike Chapman. (“Watch this space!”)

(04) America – And it keeps on selling, Marilyn climbed back to the #13 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon.com

June 2014

(23 – 30) Leafy Berkshire / Central London – extensive work on the Beatles Project and the KISS Movie (which has, unfortunately been delayed until March 2015).

(20) Central London – A hive of activity, with two highly important and rather exciting meetings, one involving ITV, the other, the movie version of Keith’s Marilyn.

(19) America – A very nice surprise, Keith’s Marilyn climbed back up to the #9 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon.com.

(16 / 17) – Leafy Berkshire – With the deadline looming, Keith spent two further days working on the rather exciting new Beatles project.

(14) The World – The latest edition of Record Collector landed on the door-mat of subscribers around the world. It featured Keith’s piece on Robert Plant’s 1988 appearance on the Channel 4 series, Wired.

(12) South London – Another business meeting; this time with his old mate, Tel. (“Keith’s long-mooted, World Cup idea is edging nearer to fruition, I’m pleased to say.”)

(9 & 10) Leafy Berkshire – Work on the new Beatles project rumbles on.

(7) Leafy Berkshire – The home of John Barratt for another spectacular feast and a rousing night of top conversation! (“What can I say, mate,” Keith said, “but you’re a star. Thanks!”)

(6) Central London – The ground-breaking ITV idea moved along steadily, Today, Keith, along with the KISS-movie director, the famous Alan G. Parker attended a second meeting with Chris at ITN.

(1) – America – Goodreads – Marilyn Monroe; Thanks to Kayla Wood for this superb review… “Keith Badman pulls together Marilyn's last few years in this wonderfully written book,” Kayla Wood wrote. “With a tragic end to Marilyn's life, Badman takes us through every scandal or possible scenario in her life. Did Marilyn and JFK really have an affair? Was she murdered, or was it suicide? Read this book to find out everything you want to know about Marilyn. Badman does a great job of pulling resources as well as doing his own research to make Marilyn's life more accurate. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a biography, because Marilyn was such a fascinating person, and Badman brings her back to life in this book.” (Thank you, Kayla!)

May 2014

(30/31) Leafy Berkshire – The mighty- fine month concluded with more work on the exciting, new Beatles project.

-On the final day of the month, on Amazon.com, in the Best Sellers Ranking chart, Keith’s Marilyn was to be seen at #12 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” listing.

(29) America – What a wonderful surprise! The hardback version of Keith’s Marilyn raced-up to the #5 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the Amazon Best Sellers chart. Amazing! And get this, on the very same day, on Amazon Italy, the book was placed at n.6 in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the in Kindle Store. Just fab!

(27/28) Leafy Berkshire – It’s time again, time for another Record Collector article. This month, the focus is on the late, great Joe Strummer, and his 1988 appearance on the long-forgotten, Channel 4 music series, Wired.

(26) Leafy Berkshire – Keith spent Bank Holiday Monday hard at work on the new, ground-breaking Beatles’ project.

(24) Linkedin – another landmark day when Keith reached the 300-mark in connections on the site. Thanks to Maryline Thiriot, of the RTS (Radio Television Suisse) Television Archives for helping him reach the latest milestone.

(22) London – Another rather exciting project began to develop when, at 1pm today, Keith attended a meeting with ITN Source’s Chris Barwick and the KISS Movie director, Alan. G. Parker.

(21) Leafy Berkshire – A further flurry of activity on the new Beatles project (which has now been put back for release until mid-2016).
-Meanwhile, on Amazon Italy, another five-star review for Marilyn. “It is not a novel,” poster, Di dalia said, “there is gossip. And the result of a long process of painstaking research that could allow connections and parallels very articulate…Moving…never before so vividly portrayed.” (Thank you, Di dalia, really appreciated!)

(20) Leafy Berkshire – With work on the KISS Movie on-hold (while we await feedback from band leaders, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), Keith resumed work on the new, highly-anticipated Beatles project.
-United Kingdom – Thanks to “Chrissie” for her 5.0 out of 5 stars review of The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe The Shocking True Story (Kindle version) on Amazon.co.uk.

(19) Europe – The latest edition of Record Collector arrived, with Keith’s piece on John Paul Jones’ appearance on Noisy Mothers.

(17) Wembley, London – Joy all round as Keith’s beloved Arsenal lifted the FA Cup, beating Hull City 3-2 in an epic final. (“In Arsene we trust!”) Their 9-year trophy draught finally came to an end!

(14) Central London – Our Mr. Badman made another trip to the BAFTAs, as a guest of Associated Press. “Thanks to everyone at AP for another, truly great evening. Really enjoyed it!”)

(7) Leafy Berkshire – Time for another Record Collector piece and, to coincide with the recent release of the re-mastered Led Zeppelin albums, Keith penned a piece on Robert Plant’s 1988 appearance on the Channel 4 show, Wired.

(1) London – Keith sat in on production of the new Brian Jones film, with work undertaken today involving additional interviews with characters who, over the last two decades, have closely scrutinized the Rolling Stone’s death.

April 2014

(28 – 30) Leafy Berkshire – The exciting month wrapped with further, extensive work on the new, KISS movie and the (rather exciting) Beatles project.
- Also on the 30th, a big thank you to “capone” for this excellent, five-star review of Marilyn on Amazon.co.uk, “really good book… This book is a five star read, it tells you everything you want to know and more. I will recommend this to all my family and friends.” (Thank you, capone. You’re a star!)

(26) Leafy Berkshire – Another five-course meal at the home of top, local chef (and great friend), John Barratt. “His food is truly the best,” Keith told waiting Slough Observer reporters.

(24) Twickenham Studios, St. Margaret’s, London – Another get-together for the KISS Movie, which included another exclusive screening of the current, 157-minute cut of the movie. (“It’s looking truly great,” Keith excitedly revealed afterwards.)
-- Central London – One for the “You could not make this up” files. Via an email from the producer of his latest theatrical work, Keith was thanked today by the truly great, the legendary Michael Caine, I kid you not!! (Our Mr Badman had assisted the production with some Beatles TV information.)
-- America - #5 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn, #26 in Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” on Amazon.com.

(17) Twickenham Studios, St. Margaret’s, London – Yet another KISS-production meeting at the famous Twickenham Film Studios, the spiritual home of The Beatles’ movies.

(14 - 15) Leafy Berkshire – Frantic KISS and Beatles work continued at a pace in Sunny Slough.

(13) Winter Park, Florida, Magic Transistor Radio - The WPRK 91.5 FM radio show hosted by Brent Kabasta, Keith’s anecdote about how The Zombies taught The Beach Boys how to play English Soccer, during their 1965 American tour, generated some real laughter with current Zombie members, Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. (“Thanks for the plug and name check, Brent!”) The story, btw, was first published in Keith’s 2004 Beach Boys book, The Definitive Diary Of America’s Greatest Band. (Buy it Amazon!)

(11) America – In the Amazon Best Sellers Rank, Keith’s Marilyn (hardback) climbed back up to the #19 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.
- South London – Another trip into the City, to discuss many things with his old mate, Tel.

(8 – 10) Leafy Berkshire – A menagerie of KISS / Beatles activities as the two projects head speedily towards their deadlines.
- America – The television station, PBS station premiered the first-ever, lengthy documentary about the 1960s pop band, The Dave Clark Five. Interestingly, amongst the treasure-trove of archive clips on offer was an interview with the group’s late great lead-singer, Mike Smith, carried out by our Mr Badman, no less, at the group’s recording studio, back in 2001. (“Truly great to see that again,” Keith admitted, “especially since I was told years ago the tapes had been junked!”)
- Record Collector came calling. Up today, Paul Jones’ 1994 appearance on the ITV Heavy Metal show, Noisy Mothers.

(7) London – KISS meeting, with Alan, Ceres and Alexa at Twickenham Studios. One of the day’s highlights? At 3:21pm, Keith and the others set-foot on Sound Stage 3 where, on 2 January 1969, the world’s greatest-ever band, The Beatles began filming their Let It Be movie! And where, on 8 January 1969, John & Yoko danced the waltz while Paul, George & Ringo performed I Me Mine.

(5) Aintree / Berkshire – Grand National Day 2014! The world’s greatest horse-race and the high-spot of the sporting year…and the only time that Keith ever ventures into a betting office (aside from returning to collect his winnings, that is). This year, a mighty second and fourth). “Keith – horse racing expert, bar none…” (Er, Not quite.)

(3) Italy – Marilyn climbed to n.26 in the “classifica Bestseller di Amazon… > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” in the Kindle Store section on Amazon Italy.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Whirlwind of social activities. An invite arrived today to guest-speak at a forthcoming 1960s photo exhibition in Windsor, along with discussions with Alan G. Parker, Santander and dear mates, Tel and Mike Dalton.

March 2014

(24) Leafy Berkshire: Work resumes on the KISS and Beatles projects, with another one, on the Marlboro Classics range, waiting in the wings. (“All go here, ya know!”)

(22) America: Many, many thanks to reader, Tammila Wright for this wonderful 5.0 out of 5 stars review of Marilyn (Kindle Edition) on Amazon.com. “Truly the best!,” she wrote on March 22, 2014. “Very well researched and cross referenced with timelines from so many sources. Well done! The best that is out there!” Thank you, Tammila.

- On the same day, Keith was in London for a birthday celebration and another KISS-related activity.
(21) Leafy Berkshire – extensive research work on the new, Alan G. Parker-directed KISS Movie resumed today.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Commitments and prior engagements prevented Keith from making another BBC Radio appearance this morning with the legendary, “Truly sensational” Tony Blackburn.
(17 – 20) Leafy Berkshire – Extensive work continued on the new KISS-movie project.

(15) America – Thank you, ernesto marra for this great review of Marilyn, posted this day on Amazon.com. Headed by the words, “A deep and fascinating research,” his 5-star review was as follows, “A book rich of information about Monroe last years, never published before. Well written and a must for every Monroe fan.” (“Thank you, Ernesto. You’re a star!”)
(14) London – Twickenham Studios. Immediately after rushing back into London, our Mr Badman attended another KISS production meeting…and the first private screening of the new movie. (“Superb job. It really is a marvellous, highly-enjoyable, supremely entertaining film.”)

(11 – 13) South Coast – Keith spent two days “Peter Lawford-ing” it down on the Coast.

(8) America – Amazon.com Best Sellers Rank, Marilyn raced back up to the #11 position in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.

(7) London – Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret’s – a new venue for another KISS-production meeting.