Latest News

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

October 2014

(31) Windsor, Berkshire - Keith met with the legendary 60s/70s photographer, Mike Randolph for another, rather fruitful project-related discussion. "Another step closer to getting the idea off the ground," our Mr. Badman said afterwards.

(30) Leafy Berkshire – Keith wrapped-up his first 3 Beatles files, intended for the book he's compiling with the group's only official biographer, Hunter Davies! Just one more to go.

-USA - Thanks to "Elaine te Meij" (in Florida USA) for her five-star review of Marilyn on Amazon.com. “The One and Only Marilyn Monroe,” she wrote. “Great book about my favorite screen star. Enjoyed it very much.” (Thanks Elaine!)

(28) Italy – On the rise again. The Kindle version of Marilyn was seen at n.23 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of Amazon Italy.

-Leafy Berkshire - Further pre-production work on the new (as yet un-titled) David Essex movie.

(27) Leafy Berkshire – As work on The Beatles’ project draws to a close, serious pre-production work on the new David Essex movie, almost seamlessly makes a proper start. (Shooting of which, is set to begin in just 9 days’ time!)

- Amazon Canada - #3 in “Best Sellers” and #4 in “Most Gifted” in Marilyn sections of the site.

(26) UK – Thanks to “Ray Edwards” for his nice review of Marilyn (Kindle) on Amazon.co.uk when he described the work as “better than all the rest.” (“Thanks, Ray. Appreciated!”)

(25) Canada – Marilyn paperback was seen at #2 in the Amazon Bestsellers “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” category. It was also seen at #15 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” section of the site. (“Not bad, aye, for a book that first appeared four years ago!”)

-Leafy Berkshire – Work on the new Fab Four assignment almost reaches the end…

(24) Leafy Berkshire – Yet another day of frantic typing on the new Beatles project.

(22) Central London – David Essex pre-production meeting no.3, in London with director, Alan G. Parker. (“Coming along nicely,” Keith said.)

(18) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day of typing the new Beatles project.

-Canada – (Hardcover) Marilyn was at #1 and (paperback) #2 in the “Most Gifted” and “Best Sellers” sections respectively on Amazon Canada. How great was that?

(16/17) Canada – Marilyn (paperback) raced back up to the #2 spot in the “Best Sellers in Biographies & Memoirs, People, A-Z (M) Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. It was also seen at #9 in “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #91 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” listing. Plus #1 in most gifted (of course).

(15) Berkshire – BBC Written Archives – Keith visited the BBC in Caversham for research on the new Beatles / Hunter Davies project. (“Thanks to Jeff for his most invaluable help today!”)

-US/ Canada - And another! Yet another top, 5 out-of 5 review, this time on Amazon.com (hardback version). “I really enjoyed reading this book,” Maureen Wibbenmeyer wrote. “I really enjoyed reading this book. You can really have a lot of respect for Marilyn Monroe. Very much feel sorry for her and you just never want to get to the part where she dies. Loaned it to a friend and she loves the book.” Three excellent reviews in 3 days! Cannot be bad. Thank you all!! Also today, yep, still there, Marilyn (hardback) was still there, in the Top Spot in the “most gifted” in Marilyn section on Amazon Canada.

(14) UK – Yet another top review! Thank you, ‘Ms f ap Robert’ for your five-star rating of Marilyn on Amazon.co.uk. “Great,” she wrote. There’s been 13 reviews of it on the site, so far, 12 have been either 4 or 5 star ratings! Also on Amazon.co.uk today, Marilyn could be found at #99 in the Kindle “Books > Biography & True Accounts > Arts & Literature” listings.

(13) US- Goodreads – Thanks to ‘Autumn’ for her 5-star review of Marilyn on the book-lovers, Goodreads site. “Loved it!!,” the person said, “a ton of information that I completely trust as being accurate. it gives a sense of mystery as well that keeps you interested.” Thank you, very much indeed! 92 per cent of people liked/ loved the Marilyn book!

-Canada – Goodness. Still there…#1 in the “most gifted” in Marilyn section on Amazon Canada.

-Leafy Berkshire – Research on the new, rather exciting, new Hunter Davies, Beatles Book neared to a close.

(9/10) Leafy Berkshire – A hive of activity as Keith carried-out dual work on the new Beatles and David Essex projects.

(8) Covent Garden, Central London – Keith attended the third, David Essex pre-production meeting, which included director, Alan G. Parker and the truly great man himself, Mr. Essex.

(7) IMDB – Keith was spotted in the No.16 position in the “most popular born in Slough” chart.

(6) Canada – Stunning! You really could not make this up; Marilyn #1 (hardback), #4 (softback) in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. Also on this day, the Italian Kindle version was also to be found at n.97 in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section on Amazon Italy.

-Leafy Berkshire - Another extremely busy day of Beatles research.

(4) Leafy Berkshire – Return visit to the world-famous, highly-desirable, book well-in-advance, Barratt Bistro. “Wunder-bar!” Keith screamed as he left the building in the early hours of the morning. “Yet another night of riveting conversation and extremely delicious food,” he said, before adding, “it was dining at its very best!”

(3) Leafy Berkshire – The latest issue of Record Collector thundered thru letter-boxes of subscribers across the country, and featured Keith’s piece on the 1969 Newcastle Arts Festival.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Concluding research on the Beatles project.

(1) Leafy Berkshire – The month began with more research work on the new Beatles project.

-“Thanks, Hunter!” Keith received his copy of the new Hunter Davies “Beatles Lyrics” book. “It’ a superb read,” Keith declared. “A Christmas must-buy, for sure.”

-And yep, it’s still there! Keith’s Marilyn (hardback edition) was still at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada, while the softback version was to be found at #3 in the same chart.

-And thank you, “nitram” for your Five Star review of Marilyn (kindle edition) on Amazon.co.uk. “great reading,” he said.

September 2014

(30) Canada – Crack open the Champagne! Yep, still there! #1 (and #3) in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada…

- Leafy Berkshire – Research on the Beatles / Hunter Davies project begins to draw to a close.

(29) “Spread the word” time. Keith’s good friend, the British Comedy expert, and all-round nice guy, Robert Ross has a new project on the go. Entitled, Forgotten Heroes of Comedy, the link to it can be found here. “Spread the word to everyone,” Keith says. “Tell everyone how much you’d love to read it!! I do. Thanks!”

(25) Canada – Oh yes! Still there, at # 1 (hardback version) in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada…

-Leafy Berkshire – Extensive Beatles Encyc / Book research rolls on.

(24) London – Second David Essex Movie pre-production meeting with director, Alan G. Parker, and other members of the team, and a catch-up with dear mate, Tel…

(23) UK – In the Amazon Bestsellers Rank, Kindle store, Marilyn was seen at the #75 position in the “Books > Biography & True Accounts > Arts & Literature” section of the site.

-Another month, and time for Keith to pen another Record Collector article…

(22) Canada – Incredible! Almost four weeks on Yes, still there, at #s 1 (hardback) and 2 (paperback) in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(20/21) Leafy Berkshire –Two extremely busy days, working flat-out on both the Beatles and David Essex projects.

-Yep, still there, amazingly, at #1 and 2 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It’s been in that position now for over 3 weeks!! (“Thank you, Canadians. We love you!”) Stock was back in of the paperback version, but as of today, just five remained.

(19) Berkshire – Out to Reading in Berkshire for some business.

(18) Leafy Berkshire – And it’s back to the Fab Four for more highly-extensive research.

(17) Leafy Berkshire – Resumption of pre-production work on the new David Essex movie.

(16) Leafy Berkshire – Another day of extensive Beatles research for the Hunter Davies, ultimate book on the group, which is still set for release in mid-2016.

-Canada - Well, it’s still there; at #1 and 2 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. Furthermore, hardback copies of the book were “temporarily out of stock” on the site. Yikes! Meanwhile, in the paid Kindle part, Marilyn was to be found at the #21 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” chart.

(15) Canada – Staggering! Not just another #1, but a #2 position in the very same chart on Amazon Canada today, when the hardback of Marilyn was at #1 and the paperback was at #2 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. (“You could not make this up!”)

-Leafy Berkshire - Busy day today on The Fabs and the new David Essex movie!

(14) Germany / Canada – And another new entry on this site. Keith’s Marilyn, Kindle versions, were spotted at Nr. 27 in the “Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Biografien & Erinnerungen > Kunst & Literatur > Entertainer,” Nr. 38 in the “Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Biografien & Erinnerungen > Spezifische Gruppen > Frauen” and the hardback version was at Nr. 75 in the “Fremdsprachige B├╝cher > Biografien & Erinnerungen > Spezifische Gruppen > Frauen” section of Amazon in Germany. “Amazing, aye?” Meanwhile, over at Amazon Canada, besides being at #6 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” (hardback edition), yep, you’ve guessed it, the paperback version was still to be seen in the #1 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. Staggering!

(13) IMDB – A new listing! Keith was spotted at No.11 in the “Most Popular People from Slough” category on the world famous, highly-respected, Internet Movie Data Base.

(12) Canada – Well I never. It rolls on and on… In Amazon Canada Bestsellers Rank, Keith’s Marilyn (hardback edition) could be found at #2 in “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn.” #7 in “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies”, #14 in “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism”, #24 (paperback version) in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and not to mention, STILL at #1 in the number one position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. Staggering!

- Another busy day, split between extensive work on both The Beatles and David Essex projects.

(10) Canada – Incredible! Still there, in the number one position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada.

- Title change. The new name for the David Essex movie was unveiled by director, Alan G. Parker today. It will now be called Oh What A Circus! Keith carried-out further pre-production work on the film today…as well as additional research for the Hunter Davies/ Beatles project. (“Busy, busy, busy!”)

(9) Keithbadman.com/ - Keith’s website was updated today when shots of ‘The Bootleg Monkees’ in 2014 were uploaded by webmistress, Anne-Marie onto the site today.

- Busy day on both The Beatles and David Essex projects.

(8) Leafy Berkshire – Pre-production (archive research) work resumed on…The David Essex Story.
- Canada – Meanwhile, on Amazon Canada, yep, still there… for almost 18 straight days, Marilyn could be found in the number one position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada.

(5 – 6) Leafy Berkshire – With the deadline fast approaching, Keith spent the day busily wrapping-up and fine-tuning his piece on The Beatles’ BBC radio appearances (1962-1965).
- Canada - Amazing! Keith’s Marilyn was to be found at #23 in the Kindle Store “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and at #29 (paperback edition) in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” sections of the site. And not forgetting, at #1 (yes still there, for 16 straight days) in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” area of Amazon Canada (paperback version). Stocks had been delivered, but on this day, just five were in stock.

(5) USA – Thanks to Angelica, for this nice review of Marilyn on the Goodreads site. “I’m not a big biography or auto-biography reader,” she wrote, “but I enjoyed reading this in depth look into Marilyn Monroe's life and untimely death…it held my interest and gave me insight into the life of Miss Monroe and the people in her life. The final chapter regarding her funeral and the deep love that Joe DiMaggio had for her was especially moving to me.”

(4) Twickenham Studios, London – At 2pm, with all the key members present (director, Alan G., producer, Alexa, financier, Stephen, sound man, camera crew, etc. etc.), Keith attended the first proper pre-production meeting on the new David Essex movie. Provisionally titled, The David Essex Story, shooting is expected to begin in a little over three weeks. (“It’s looking good!”)

- Still there! For two straight weeks, Marilyn (paperback) was still to be found at the #1 position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site, despite the fact that delivery time was between 1 and 2 months! While in the Kindle charts, the book was placed at #18 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.

- New York, USA – The acid-tongued, American comedienne, Joan Rivers sadly passed away, aged 81. In September 1999, during promotions for his book, The Beatles After The Break-Up, Keith ran into her at the old BBC Broadcasting House Studios in London. She was lost, he gladly pointed her in the right direction and they briefly spoke. She was very polite. “There I was, speaking about the careers of the solo Beatles,” Keith recalled, “when suddenly I looked up, and there was Joan staring at me thru the glass in the studio door, lost and confused.” Rest in peace, Joan.

(3) England – The movie finally became official when director, Alan G. Parker officially announced the David Essex flick on the Classic Rock website.

-Leafy Berkshire - Keith carried-out extensive reach on The Beatles’ BBC Radio sessions. Deadline now just weeks away!

(1 – 2) Canada – The run continued with Keith’s Marilyn (paperback edition) still at the top spot in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. Wonderful!! While on the 2nd, the Kindle version was to be found at the #6 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.

-Leafy Berkshire - Keith resumed research on his 2016 Beatles project and continued pre-production on the forthcoming David Essex production.