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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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.