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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

December 2014 "Everywhere it's Christmas..."

(29) Canada / Italy – All go on Amazon where, in Canada Keith’s Marilyn (hardback version) was once more seen climbing up the listings on three separate charts; at #6 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn,” #44 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #64 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism” sections of the site. “Not bad aye, for a book which first appeared in the country over two years ago,” Keith remarked. While on Amazon Italy, the Kindle version of Marilyn climbed back up to the n.47 position in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the site.

(26) Boxing Day – During a return visit to Oxford House, Keith discovered he had reached the no.23 position in the “Most popular people born in Slough” category on the world-famous IMDB site.

(25) Christmas Day; Happy Times Everyone and a time to rejoice – Keith spent the magical day, like last year in the fine company of Oxford House, helping where he could, in the fine company of his dear Mum, Kathleen and top sister, Sheila. “It was a truly marvellous day,” Keith said afterwards. “And thanks to all the nurses, carers and kitchen staff on duty that day for making it so.”

(23) Canada – On Amazon Canada, the paperback version of Keith’s Marilyn was at #17 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn,” while the hardcover version of it stood at #55 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” sections of the site.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Yes, it was time again. Keith made a welcome return to the fine, upstanding establishment, The Barratt Bistro, for another evening of fine food and delightful conversation. The Gallus gallus domesticus served that night was, in all probability, the best ever. “I thought I’d give chicken a try for once,” our Mr Badman said afterwards, "and I'm mighty glad I did."

(19) USA / Canada – Impressive Christmas sales meant that just one copy of Marilyn (paperback edition) remained in stock at Amazon.com and just two copies of that version were at Amazon Canada.

(17) North / West End London – A trip round to The Emirates, home of the world’s greatest-ever football team, Arsenal FC, and then to The Sanctum, in Soho for A Geezer & A Blonde’s annual Christmas get-together. Joining him that night, the entire crew of The David Essex Story.

(16) Leafy Berkshire – With Christmas fast approaching, Keith resumed archive research resumed on The David Essex Story.
-Amazon.co.uk – Thanks to Harry Paton Evans for his excellent, 4 out of 5 review of Marilyn (Kindle Edition). “In all probability, the real answer,” he said, ““Interesting read, obviously meticulously researched.”

(14/15) UK – An unique event when BBC Four broadcast, for two straight nights, three programmes on which Keith received archival credits on. 2011’s Award Nominated, Queen: Days Of Our Lives (on December 14) and 2012’s The Who's Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me? (one night later, on the 15th).

(11) Linkedin – A great honour indeed when Keith gained two, highly impressive musical “connections” on the site; the legendary 1970s singer, Linda Lewis and then the top drummer for the Small Faces, The Faces and The Who, the remarkable, Kenney Jones. (“Thank you both.”)
-Leafy Berkshire – Another busy day of archive research on the David Essex project.

(10) London – Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret’s. Keith spent the day at the legendary movie studio for a meeting with director, Alan G. Parker and a first view of the editing on the new documentary, The David Essex Story.

(8/9) Leafy Berkshire – Keith completed his Record Collector Rockin’ The Box tribute to the Small Faces / Faces keyboards legend, Ian McLagan with a piece about the Small Faces’ 1967 two-track, live appearance on the ATV / ITV variety programme, Piccadilly Palace (US title) / Morecambe & Wise Show (UK).
-Leafy Berkshire – Further archive research on the new film, The David Essex Story.

(7) Amazon.co.uk – thanks to “E.c” for his 5-star review of Marilyn (Kindle edition) on the site. “Wow,” he wrote. “Well written. Nice to hear the truth. It should have come out years ago.” Thanks E.c.!!

(5) London/ Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s 2014 Birthday Tour began in South London, with Terry and Fiona and continued back in Leafy Slough, with some more old mates, Dave, Spencer, Brian, Cheryl and Pat. Thank you everyone!

(4) Texas, USA – Sad news swept the globe that the renowned Small Faces / Faces keyboardist, Ian McLagan had died, aged 69. Keith first met the legendary musician back in 1997, at the time when his book on The Small Faces, Quite Naturally was released. Pleased to say, he loved it. McLagan managed that rarest of things: to be in two truly great rock’n’roll bands. He will be sorely missed, for sure.

(3) UK – Another top Marilyn review. Thanks to Betty Souter "Betty" (of Aberdeen, Scotland) for her four-star review (Kindle edition) on Amazon.co.uk. “I did enjoy this book,” she said simply. (“Merry Christmas, Betty.”)

(2) UK / Europe – The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s piece on the 1978 edition of The South Bank Show, starring Patti Smith and Carl Perkins, came crashing the letter boxes of subscribers across the country.