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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

July 2016 - "Beatles, Stones, Pirates, Monkees, Marilyn, Cavern & Carlin"

(28) Central London / Leafy Berkshire – A double-bill of activities; a 1pm meet with director extraordinaire, Alan G. Parker and then, an almighty 8pm catch-up with two old, musical buddies, Dan and Mark (while A Hard Day’s Night, co-starring Keith’s mate, Lionel Blair, played in the background).

(22-29) Leafy Berkshire – Even more fine-tuning of the Circus ‘68 and Cavern books.

(22) Leafy Berkshire – The big day arrived. After 32-months of solid work, an early version (so-called galley) print of the new, supersized Hunter Davies Beatles Book landed on Keith’s door mat. “And it looks marvellous,” he beamed.

(21) Leafy Berkshire – Work on the George Carlin also neared the end, with the ordering, from the States, of broadcast quality clips of his 2007 American Television Academy interview.

- Work on the Circus ’68 project edged ever nearer to completion. With text (almost) in, it’s now time for Paul to work his design skills.

-With promotions on the new Hunter Davies Beatles Book starting, he announced to the press this will be his final book on the band. http://www.axs.com/beatles-author-hunter-davies-announces-final-book-on-fab-four-103127 “He privately told me, us this way back in 2013 before we started work on the project. The cat is finally out of the bag, I’m pleased to say.”

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day with notable discussions with (Carlin director) Alan G. Parker as well as Dave Cash and Bob Young respectively about the Cavern book and the impending Pirate Radio documentary.

(19) USA – Incredible piece of trivia. The Monkees’ legendary “Here we come, walking down the street” theme tune was recorded fifty-years ago today. “Dear me. Where has the time gone?”

(16) Soho, London – At a studio in Soho, Central London, work on the new George Carlin production edged nearer to competition

(14) Leafy Berkshire – Keith received a phone call from Bob (Status Quo) Young revealing some rather interesting Beatles-related news about the forthcoming Cavern book.

- Meanwhile, over on Amazon.co,uk stocks of Marilyn (softback) have, once more, been depleted. Potential buyers were warned that dispatch will take “9 to 12 days.”

(13) Leafy Berkshire – With work on the Pirate Radio DJs film also picking up speed, Keith held a long production meeting with (the famous, legendary) Dave Cash.

(11 – 15) Leafy Berkshire – Book typing work shifted, and, from this point onwards, Keith’s time was pretty much was devoted to transcribing, typing and finishing work on the new, official Cavern club book.

(7) – With Keith organising / arranging video files / photos / credits and photos, work on the George Carlin documentary edged nearer to completion. (Stereo mixing of the soundtrack on the movie was also beginning to resume in Soho, London.)

(6) Central London, The Spice (aka The Office) - With business still to work out on several of Mike Chapman’s projects, Keith travelled into the Capital again, this time to meet editor and cameraman, Dave Cook.

(4 – 8) Leafy Berkshire – Work continued a’ pace on The Rolling Stones’ Circus ’68 book.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Fine food, delightful conversation at John and Richard’s fine Berkshire bistro. “Thanks, chaps, I appreciated the grand night.”

June 2016 "Marilyn, Stones... and Lennon's jukebox"

(29/30) Leafy Berkshire – Record Collector/ Rockin’ The Box time again. This month, the most fascinating, 2004 South Bank Show / ITV special focusing on John Lennon’s Jukebox.

- Interesting fact for today. If all goes to plan, our Mr. Badman will be involved in the release of 3 books and 1 documentary film in 2016. As a friend of his remarked, “It’ll be a lean year for him.” Ha!

(28) Leafy Berkshire – Even more research / typing on the new Stones Circus ’68 book.

(27) UK – Ten days on, and stocks of the Marilyn paperback were, once more, depleted on Amazon.co.uk.

- Thanks to “darlingevie” for her 5-out-of-5 review of Marilyn on the site… “good book,” she said. “interesting read about the beautiful marilyn, well worth a read.” Thank you, “darlingevie.”

- Text-heavy day, once more devoted to the new, hopefully definitive Pledge Circus ’68 book.

(24) Windsor, Berkshire - 1:30pm meet with Mike Randolph to discuss the latest of the Circus ’68 project. After which (after avoiding a torrential downpour) Keith had an almighty catch-up with his old, long-time friend, the singer-vocalist-bass player, Daniel J.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Back to the laptop… Another frantic day of typing on the new Circus ’68 project.

(17) UK – Incredible, but true. Stocks of the paperback version of Marilyn were once more depleted on Amazon.co.uk.

(16) Leafy Berkshire – Exciting discussions about the proposed Marilyn movie / TV drama took place between Keith and Yasmine, his new TV/ Film Agent at the well-respected, London-based, top entertainment agency, United Agents.

(9) Shepherd’s Bush, London – Following a most touching, enlightening encounter with a lady who came to his rescue at Paddington Station, Keith attended a Thursday lunch-time meet with producer, Simon Lupton. Top of the agenda; the movie adaptation of Keith’s book.

Monday, 15 August 2016

May 2016 "Still cold... but it's hotting up outside"

(26) BAFTAs, London – Another trip to London, and another visit to that wold-famous, show-biz venue. Alongside top designer, Paul Skellart, amongst the luminaries Keith met that night; FA Chairman, Greg Dykes; DJ/ TV personality, “Diddy” David Hamilton and dancer, actor, film, TV personality, Lionel Blair (no less – see pic on photo page). Thanks to Chris Perry at Kaleidoscope for the invite and truly great night.

(23) Leafy (Sunny) Berkshire – Another busy day with further, albeit brief, work on the new George Carlin movie. An email was also received containing some rather nice, most pleasant, highly interesting Lennon-related items.

- With just 17 days to go, the Rock And Roll Circus / Pledge campaign stood at 87 per cent of its goal. “Almost there,” the team screamed.

- Leafy (now overcast) Berkshire – Time also to update the blog on Keith’s website.

-Meanwhile, over on Amazon.co.uk, a big thanks to “Angus/malcolmnews” for his 5 out of 5 stars review of Marilyn (paperback). His description of it, simply…”Excellent,” adding it was, “Quite a sad story,” which unfortunately it was.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – It could not be possible but even more editorial work was carried out on the new, forthcoming Beatles/ Hunter encyclopaedia, and with that, fingers crossed, work on it, as far as Keith was concerned, was finished!! (Out in September, we believe.)

(17-18) Leafy Berkshire – Revision, queries and amendments (a-plenty) on the definitive Hunter Davies / Beatles project, which has now got a firm, contract title… “The Beatles Book,” and that title just about sums it all up. This will hopefully be accepted/ regarded as THE ultimate book on all things The Fab Four, “And when you see it, you will know precisely why.”

(16) Soho, Central London – A trip into the Capital to see director, Alan G. editor, Ian and see how work is progressing on the new George Carlin documentary… and it’s looking great!!

(15) USA – Keith heard from Alan Scharf, proprietor of The BOOMERoom™ Music Network (www.BOOMERoom.com), which was created to “consolidate this great new music in one place, along with all the oldies, within an interactive Music Discovery and Social Network.” Check the super site out and spread the word about it. “Great hearing from you, Alan. I’m sure we can do business together in the future.”

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Pledge’s Rock And Roll Circus campaign stood at 82 per cent… “So near, yet so far away.” So, to help bolster sales, and reach the final goal, Keith recorded a special exclusive message for the campaign which was uploaded onto the Pledge site.

(11) Leafy Berkshire – Archive work resumed on the new George Carlin movie.

(10) Central London – Cavern club related business, at a top London hotel with Billy Heckle and Jon Keats of (the world famous) Cavern City Tours. “And very productive it was too!!” Keith remarked afterwards, adding, “We drank soft drinks from the first minute… to the last.”

- Excitement builds when Keith saw the first print-out of the new, Hunter Davies Beatles book. Quite simply, “Wow!!!!!!!!!!”

(5/6) Leafy Berkshire – Incredibly busy day on final edits (we hope) of the new Hunter/ Beatles book and (would you believe) the archive side of the (hopefully) forthcoming David Essex movie.
May 5 was punctuated by the arrival of Producer, Simon Lupton’s truly stunning, “Sizzle Reel” (trailer) of the movie/ screen adaptation of Keith’s Marilyn book. “Thank you. It is simply wonderful, simply wonderful,” he said immediately after watching it.

(4/5) Leafy Berkshire – RC Rockin’ The Box article day. Keith’s piece on the 1979’s History of The Who show was completed.

(4) Leafy Berkshire – May Day Bank Holiday over, it was another “Mega Busy” day – Besides starting on his latest RC Rockin’ article, Keith spoke / sorted business with Paul Skellart at Archivum / Bob & Billy about the Cavern book / Alexa about the new George Carlin movie and fellow (top/ revered) archivist, Lisa Savage who had flown in from Australia especially.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Friday, 3 June 2016

Still A Chance to Join the Circus and Get Stoned!

Just days remaining... The Rolling Stones’ Rock 'n' Roll Circus- December 11, 1968, as seen through the lens of Keith's good friend, Michael Randolph... is still available thru Pledge Music
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/archivumrocknrollcircus/updates

Now digitally re-mastered by Paul Skellett at Archivum, Randolph's iconic images have never, EVER looked this good! With only 5 days remaining to get your name in this publication, I thought it was time to give the work another, well-deserved plug. With top-notch editorial and research work by Paul and myself, this really is a Stones book like no other.

Monday, 23 May 2016

April 2016 "Not My Monkey's..."

(29) Soho, Central London – Yet around excursion into the Capital, this time to catch-up with top director, Alan G. Parker, and editor, Ian for preliminary work on the new, Momentum Pictures, George Carlin movie, which now boasts a rather interesting title of, Not My Circus, Not My Monkey's...

- Canada – Whoa! Get This!! The paperback version of Marilyn suddenly returned to the #1 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” chart on Amazon Canada. Wow!! Simply incredible. It was also spotted at #4 in the “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and in the #80 position in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” sections on the site.

(22) The World – The latest edition of RC, featuring Keith’s piece on The Who, crashed thru letter boxes of subscribers across the Globe.

(18) Canada – How’s this for a surprise. The Kindle version of Marilyn made a surprise leap to the #3 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It didn’t end there. This version was also seen at #32 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #78 in the “Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” section of the site. “6 years after its initial release, and it’s still selling. Thank you all!”

(16) Leafy Berkshire – Another trip out to John’s Bistro, one of Slough’s finest eateries. “Top food and delightful, incisive conversation was on the menu that night. Thanks, Chaps.”

(13/14) Leafy Berkshire – Even more editorial work on the forthcoming Beatles Encyclopaedia.

- “Time to update my website, post additional blogs, and organise meetings for the week after next, I reckon,” Keith mused. “Then visit my dear Mum and then hang-out for the late evening with two old mates. What a day!”

(9) Grand National Day, Aintree, Liverpool – Yes. The world stops and watches. Its sports’ biggest day, the most exciting horse race in the world, The Grand National.

(8) Putney, South-West London – Keith caught up with his old ITN friend, Ross Landau. “Great seeing you, mate. Enjoyed the catch-up.”

(4) Leafy Berkshire – Ultimate Record Collector deadline day. Concluding work on The Who’s riotous January 1973 appearance with Russell Harty.

March 2016 "Things are warming up..."

(31) Leafy Berkshire – All go here, Keith started work on his latest Rockin’ The Box article for RC magazine. This month’s topic, the missing, historic, riotous and extremely rare video footage from The Who’s January 1973 appearance on LWT/ ITV’s Russell Harty Plus.

-Then, at 4pm (3pm GMT, 10am New York time), Keith gave a lengthy interview to Todd at The Huffington Post. The topic of conversation? The break-up of The Beatles.

(30) Windsor – First meeting between Mike, Paul Skellert (Archivum) and Keith to discuss their new, Rock And Roll Circus project.

(28/29) Leafy Berkshire – Via mostly his Agent, Robert Kirby and assistant, Kate, a plethora of interviews and dinner invites arrived for Keith; amongst them, interviews for the New York office of The Huffington Post and the American, Movie Geeks United podcast, which boasts a monthly worldwide subscriber base of just less than 6 million! Carried and promoted by Blog Talk Radio, their programmes on the podcasting network draws over 23 million unique listeners each and every month. Invites also came for the official launch party of Proud Galleries and Terry O’Neill’s Breaking Stones 1968-1969: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom exhibition on Wednesday April 6 and then, from Arion Press, a lunch request, at the 2016 Spring Benefit Dinner of the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco, California in May. “Lovely to be known and respected,” Keith said. “Thank you all.”

(21 onwards) Leafy Berkshire – Time is spent promoting the new Pledge Circus ’68 project (as it was now known), researching the new George Carlin movie as well as concluding the fine-tuning of the forthcoming Hunter Davies Beatles Encyclopaedia.

(17 - 18) Pledge Music – 6pm, after many, many months of planning, the big launch of the Randolph, Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus campaign finally took place on Pledge Music. Incredibly, by 11 the following morning, it had already reached 22 per cent of its target! Simply incredible!

(15 – 17) Lawford-Land – South Coast. Desperately in need of a breather, Keith made his regular excursion out to Lawford-land. “And lovely it was too!”

(14) Canada / UK – With stocks seriously depleted (just one remained in store), the paperback Marilyn found itself in the #3 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(13) UK - On the UK version of Amazon, a big thanks to “Amazon Customer” for this nice review of Keith’s Marilyn book, “Thorough account… on the whole l thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've certainly learned a few things from it that l didn't know before. A must for Marilyn fans.”

(10) Leafy Berkshire twinned with Pledge and the World – It’s almost here. After many months of planning, it was announced that the official launch of the new, Rock And Roll Circus / Pledge Music campaign will launch next Wednesday, March 16, AT 6pm UK Time!

(7/8) Leafy Berkshire – Two frantic days, preparing the new Pledge Music, Mike Randolph Rock And Roll Music campaign as well as fine-tuning text on the new (monster, million paged) Hunter Davies Beatles Encyclopaedia.

(3) Central London – Another trip into the Big City, this time for a 1:30pm meeting with the top designer, Paul Skellart of Archivum. This was followed by another hugely-enjoyable visit to the BAFTAs where Keith’s good friends at AP were holding another private get-together and screening.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – An extra dose of RC work; a review of a newly released Beatles book, plus additional work on a forthcoming, hopeful TV documentary.

(1)Leafy Berkshire – Another month, another Record Collector article. This time, Rod Stewart’s second solo appearance on LWT/ ITV’s Russell Harty Show in October 1974.

Monday, 18 April 2016

JOIN THE CIRCUS AND GET STONED!

The Rolling Stones’ Rock 'n' Roll Circus- December 11, 1968, as seen through the lens of Keith's good friend, Michael Randolph... is now available thru Pledge Music

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/archivumrocknrollcircus/updates

Join in now. Now digitally re-mastered by Paul Skellett at Archivum, Randolph's iconic images have never looked so good.

Love to all you rockers, ravers and beautiful people who ‘get it!’
Paul and Keith

Thursday, 14 April 2016

February 2016 "The Dawn of a New Era"

(26 onwards) Leafy Berkshire – Serious archive research begins on the new George Carlin movie. “It’s gonna be a crazy, exciting and hectic next few months, that’s for sure.”

(23) “The Office,” on Charing Cross Road, Central London – First pre-production meeting with the personnel involved on the film of the new movie, documentary on the life of the late, great, controversial US stand-up comedian, George Carlin.

(17) Leafy Berkshire – Another monster, action-packed day with lengthy discussions involving the new Stones’ Circus ’68 and forthcoming movie projects.

(15) Canada a go-go – The softback of Marilyn continued to sell. On Amazon Canada, in the Bestsellers Rank, it was seen at #2 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” listings; #18 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” rankings and at #151 in the Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers charts, and with that, the book was, once more, completely out of stock on the site.

(13) Canada – Still hanging in there – The paperback Marilyn was seen at the #326 position in the “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” section on Amazon Canada.

(9) Leafy Berkshire / twinned with London – Breaking News! A contract was presented on a rather exciting new film project! More News Soon!

Canada – In the Amazon Bestsellers Rank on Amazon Canada, the paperback version of Marilyn was seen at #20 and #290 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections of the site respectively.

(5) Leafy Berkshire – Incredibly, even more work on the forthcoming, definitive new Hunter Davies Beatles tome.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Even more fine-tuning, tinkering on the new Beatles Encyclopaedia book, which has now naturally been put back to September 2016. “But it will be worth it!”

January 2016 “A New Year Has Begun…”

(31) The sad death of DJ, broadcaster, Terry Wogan was announced. Keith had the fortune of meeting him in July 1973 when he opened the new Sperrings stationary, gift shop in Slough High Street. "He signed my Slade, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me sticker that day," Keith fondly recalled.

(30) Italy – Another superb, five-out-of-five review of Marilyn, this time by “DaMILENA” was placed on Amazon Italy.

(27/28) Leafy Berkshire – Two days spent developing and researching the new, rather exciting project with Laurence and, on this day, more work was carried-out on the new Cavern club book. “All go here, ya’ know.”

(26) Leafy Berkshire – Keith submitted his annual tax returns. “Yippee all round,” he screamed.

(25) Liverpool – It was announced that Monkee, Micky Dolenz will be one of the star guests at this year’s Liverpool Beatles Convention and with Keith (a long-time fanatic of the group) in contention to (once again) run the video show at the event, he was one very happy chap indeed!!

(24) USA – Many thanks to “TECon” for their Five-Star review of Marilyn (hardcover version) on Amazon Canada. “Excellent book!” he/ she wrote.

(21) Leafy Berkshire – Massive day of catch-ups and initial work on a new project discussed with Laurence one day earlier.

- Canada – Marilyn (paperback edition) suddenly climbed to the #2 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada. In the same chart, on the same day, the hardback version was to be found at #18. Meanwhile, the softback was also seen today in the #6 position in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” section of the site. Nice one!

(20) West / North London / Leafy Berkshire – Yet another (thankfully) crazy day with a lunchtime meet with one of the country’s top property buyers/ developers, Laurence and then an evening catch-up with one of Keith’s longest-ever friends, Daniel J.

(19) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day, with work involving the David Essex movie, Cavern club book and the clearance of songs for use on the forthcoming Brian Jones flick.

(18) Leafy Berkshire – Crazy day; with discussions / telephone plans involving a project with radio legend, Dave Cash, the new David Essex movie, and the forthcoming, high-quality Stones’ Circus and Beatles live ’66 publications.

(Week prior to 15) Leafy Berkshire – More fine-tuning on the Cavern text as well as (would you believe) additional editorial work on the forthcoming Hunter Davies / Beatles Encyclopaedia.

(9) Canada – Get this. In the Amazon Bestsellers Rank, the paperback version of Marilyn suddenly climbed to the #2 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. On the same day, same site, it was spotted at #46 and #320 respectively in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” sections.

(5 – 7) Leafy Berkshire – Further work on the deluxe, limited Edition Cavern club book when fine-tuning of the text took place.

(4/5) Leafy Berkshire – A return to work! Welcome to the New Year. RC’s Rockin’ The Box deadline loomed large on the opening day; first up, Rod Stewart’s 1973 appearance on ITV’s Russell Harty Show.

December 2015 "Everywhere It's Christmas!"

(30) Europe – Latest edition of Record Collector arrived at homes/ businesses / subscribers across UK / Europe… 2015 is now pretty much over. Here’s to 2016!!

- Leafy Berkshire – Even more fine-tuning of the Cavern club text…

(29) Italy – Amazon Italy Marilyn (kindle version) had climbed to the n.106 position in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section on the site.

(28/29) Leafy Berkshire – With Christmas still being celebrated, Keith spent two days tidying-up/ wrapping the final draft text for the Cavern club book.

(25) Christmas Day – Leafy Berkshire – The big day arrived. Keith spent it with his beloved Mother, Kathleen. The finest anyone could ever wish for… A big "Thank you to the staff, Nurses and carers for helping to make this day so memorable."

- A big "thank you" must also go to the legendary DJ, Dave Cash who, at approximately 9:41 on Christmas Day morning played for Keith's Mum, one of her favourite-ever Festive songs, Johnny Mathis' 'When A Child Is Born'. "Cheers, Dave, you are a top chap indeed. Thank you, from both of us."

(23) BBC Radio – With The Beatles’ catalogue about to go on streaming for the first time, Keith was asked to talk about it on The Paul Ross Show. During which, Paul to Keith, “If I go on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, will you be my Phone-A-Friend?” “Of course, I will,” Keith replied.

(21) London – Meeting in Wandsworth between Keith, director, Alan G. Parker and producer, Alexa Morris. Several, exciting new projects were discussed and placed firmly in the 2016 pipeline, so watch this space. Afterwards, a hastily-arranged trip to the Emirates to watch Keith’s beloved Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 in the Premier League. Yay!

(18) Leafy Berkshire – Time for another catch-up with the producer, comedy legend, Simon Lupton. The hours whizzed-by before a trip to Pinewood Studios was made, where shooting of the new series of Red Dwarf was taking place.

(14) UK – Looking outside the top of the charts, on Amazon UK, Marilyn was at #208 in the “Biography & True Accounts > Arts & Literature > Actors & Entertainers” in the Kindle store.

(13) UK – Wow! Another 5.0 out of 5 review of Marilyn (Kindle version) by someone called “Amazon Customer” was placed on Amazon UK.

(12) Berkshire – Another trip out to John Barratt’s fine bistro. Fine food and top conversation was the order of the evening here.

(11) Gillingham, Dorset – Keith jumped on the train to attend more location filming on the new Pirate Radio documentary. The plan today, to interview the legendary DJ and broadcaster, Johnnie Walker. “What a superb day and host. A legend,” Keith said afterwards. (See pic in photo session.)

(8) Windsor – Another trip to Queen Country for another 1:30pm meet with the legendary snapper, Mike Randolph.

(7) Canada – Marilyn (paperback) was still, “Temporarily out of stock” on Amazon Canada.

(4) Canada – Thanks to Patti Burrows for her five-star review of Marilyn (paperback version) on Amazon Canada. On the same day, same version was at #7 in the Marilyn Best Sellers listing.

- BBC Four premiered I’m Not In Love, the long overdue documentary story of the mega pop group, 10cc. Featured in which was an interview with Sir Tim Rice and, once more, Keith’s 1999 book, The Beatles After The Break-Up was seen near him in his sequences. “He’s obviously got great reading taste.”

(3) Canada – In a rush to Christmas, the paperback version of Marilyn temporarily out of stock on Amazon Canada.

(2) London – Keith, and guest, friend Gemma Williams was in attendance at Proud Gallery’s private, Sinatra at 100 exhibition party.

(1) UK – Marilyn was spotted at #53 in the “Books > Biography & True Accounts > Arts & Literature > Actors & Entertainers” Kindle store on Amazon.co.uk.

Friday, 22 January 2016

November 2015 "The Christmas Countdown Begins!"

(27) Italy – Marilyn (Kindle) was spotted at the n.45 position in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section on Amazon Italy.

- Meanwhile in America, on Black Friday, and ready for the Christmas rush, a fresh batch of Marilyn’s (softback edition), reached the Amazon.com warehouse.

(25) Hollingbourne, Kent – Work continued on the new, Pirate radio TV documentary. Keith, and his production team, met up again with another true, 1960s legend, this time the broadcaster Dave Cash. “Thanks to you and Sara, for making us welcome in your fine abode,” remarked Keith. “Your delightful tales about life on the Pirate ships, will delight the world, I’m sure.... sorry I kept asking you about The Monkees!"

(18) Twickenham – The Cavern project. Keith and Bob Young travelled out to Twickenham to meet the legendary 1960s Jazz, Richmond Festival promoter, Harold Pendleton and his wife, Barbara. “The stories he was coming out with were simply marvellous,” Bob and Keith admitted afterwards. “They made us most welcome. Thank you both.” (Work on the Cavern project continued intermittently for the next week.)

- Amazon.co.uk – 5 out of 5 stars review Marilyn (kindle) by “shellson”… “Well written,” she wrote. My heart went out to her; so many people just used her for their own selfish reasons.”

(17) Italy – Amazon Italy, the Kindle version of Keith’s book, Gli ultimi giorni di Marilyn Monroe: Le relazioni pericolose, le trappole, il presunto suicidio: tutta la verità sulla fine, reached n.43 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the site.

-While on Amazon Canada, the hardback edition climbed to #85 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” listings.

-Leafy Berkshire – Yet another, rather busy day on the Cavern project. “The unseen stuff I’m being sent on the club is frankly incredible,” Keith beamed. “I’m reading, holding, and downloading Cavern club material that no one knew existed!”

(16) Canada - Amazon Bestsellers Rank, Marilyn (paperback) at #32 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and #392 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections of the site.

(14) Linkedin – Keith’s number of connections on the site increased again, with Barry Whitwam, the Herman’s Hermits original drummer, no less becoming the latest addition. “Thanks, Barry, an honour.”

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some. Our Mr Badman travelled out to Windsor again for another 1:30pm meet with Mike Randolph.

(9) Leafy Berkshire – Further extensive work on the Cavern book. However, work stopped briefly that afternoon when…

- At 2:27pm, Keith appeared live on BBC Radio again, featuring in an interview with the UK Showbiz legend, Paul Ross.

(6) Canada – Copies of the paperback version of Marilyn finally arrived at Amazon Canada, but as of today, just one remained in stock. It had almost sold out again!

(3/4/5) Peter Lawford-land – Keith completed his annual November trip to “Peter Lawford” land. Most enjoyable it was too.

- Many thanks to the top director, Alan G. Parker for the “wonderful researcher” credit to KB on his twitter feed.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Keith completed another article for Record Collector magazine. Today’s topic, Brian May’s rarely screened 1974 TV appearance on LWT’s London Bridge. On the very same, the latest issue of the mag arrived.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

October 2015

(31) Canada – The softback version of Marilyn was spotted at #12, and the hardback at #16 in the “Most Gifted” section on Amazon Canada. On the same day, and place, a “Temporarily out of stock” notice about the paperback version was posted on the site.

(30) Rex Features, London – With a few queries that need sorting (notably confusion of unlawful ownership); Keith paid a visit to see Steve at Rex Features in London. Several hours of checking, and double-checking numerous other Circus ’68 images followed. But it was a fruitful exercise. “It was a most productive day,” Keith remarked afterwards. “I’m most pleased to say that I’ve now got ownership of several of Mike Randolph’s pictures rightfully returned to him.”

(29) London – An incredible 16 years after its release, Keith’s 1999 Omnibus Press book, The Beatles: After The After The Break-Up, 1970 – 2000 was used extensively and (thankfully) credited in today’s Daily Mail piece about John, Paul, George and Ringo’s first solo concerts. “Thanks for the credit,” Keith Remarked after seeing the article.

(28) Berkshire – Mega busy day, with work involving Mike Randolph’s Circus, the Cavern club book and the Dave Cash shows. Conversations with Bob Young and Cash himself peppered the day’s proceedings.

(27) Berkshire – Another action-packed day. Top-of-the-agenda, the Cavern book project. A lengthy call with Paul at Archivum also took place today.

(26) Canada – Meanwhile, the paperback version of Marilyn was still out of stock on Amazon Canada.

(23) Windsor, Berkshire – Another trip out to Her Majesty-land to see Mike Randolph and exchange news of the on-going Stones Circus ’68 project.

- The David Essex Story – A momentous day for the documentary when, at 5pm today, the Pledge Music site launched its campaign for the film.

(22) London – A catch-up with old mate, Tel Rawlings at The Ship in Bermondsey.

(15) Windsor, Berkshire – Another 1:30pm meeting with Mike Randolph.

(14) Canada – Well, simply incredible. The paperback edition of Keith’s Marilyn completely sold out on Amazon Canada!

- Leafy Berkshire - Further synopsis work on Mike Randolph’s Circus ’68 project.

(13) Leafy Berkshire, UK – Dave Cash gave mighty big thumbs-up after watching the recently-completed Pirates documentary trailer… “We’re on our way!”

- Also, further extensive work took place today on the Cavern book project. “It’s looking great!”

(12) Canada – Hey! Hey! A nice surprise when the Kindle version of Marilyn suddenly climbed to the #2 slot in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. While, on the same day, same site, the book was also seen at the #11 slot in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #27 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” Kindle Store.

(9) Leafy Berkshire – Phew. Another action-packed day. Following a conversation with director, Alan G. Parker, with John Lennon reaching what would have been his 75th birthday, Keith made several BBC interviews to talk about it; on the Anne Diamond and Paul Ross radio shows.
- Windsor, Berkshire – Another 1:30pm meet with legendary photographer, Mike Randolph.

(7) Goodreads – One for the “It slipped thru my net” depart. A big thank you to reader, Heather Watson for her wonderful, 5 out of 5 stars review of Marilyn on the Goodreads website. “This is the most well written Monroe biography to date,” she said. “It was diligently researched and almost completely unbiased in its' speculations regarding her passing. I was captivated and towards the end I almost felt like I was reading a suspenseful fiction…I learned some new facts I never knew and that left me completely satisfied with this book. Bravo, Mr. Badman.” And Thank You Heather! Much appreciated!

- Ground-breaking research on the new Cavern project continued.

(6) Surrey – With work on the Cavern club project gaining momentum by the day, Keith made a trip out to visit the home of Bob Young, top musician, and Status Quo friend/ co-songwriter.

(Up to 5 – Early part of the month) Leafy Berkshire – Keith carried-out further extensive research work on the new Cavern book. “The number of rarely-seen, truly staggering items I’ve come across, or been sent is simply incredible! I’m lost for words,” Keith remarked.

September 2015


(29) Leafy Berkshire –full-speed ahead now on the new History of the Cavern book, which is set for release in December 2016.

- Meanwhile, a big thank you to Mr. Nigel Quiney who posted a rather nice review of Marilyn (kindle version) on Amazon.co.uk. He wrote, “I didn't think that there was much left to say about Marilyn but amazingly Keith Badman's book was illuminating and well worth the read. Congratulations.” Thanking you, kid Sir!

(28) South London – Another trip into South London, for a meet with Tel and producer, Mike Chappers. Top of the agenda, The Pirate Radio documentary with Dave Cash.

(23) Canada – Well I never… the paperback version of Marilyn climbed to the #2 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” and #5 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” sections of Amazon Canada. Phew!

-Meanwhile, it’s all systems go. Work on the forthcoming, officially endorsed Cavern club book properly began today.

(21) Canada – A rather pleasant leap up to the #3 position for the paperback Marilyn in the Amazon “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. While on the same day, the book was also to be found at #49 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #316 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers” sections of the site.

(18) Leafy Berkshire / London – A major breakthrough with ITV re copyright ownership of the Dave Cash Radio Programme. Watch this (rather exciting) space.

(15) Central London – With the Stones’ Circus 1968 idea top-of-the-agenda, Keith headed back into London to attend a meeting with Simon and Paul of the superb UK design company, Archivum uk. A truly superb glossy, limited edition, hardback book about the making of The Beatles’ 1965 film, Help! has just been released by the pair. With director, Alan G. Parker also present, it turned into a rather eventful day, especially when spectacular, rather promising news reached the quartet about the on-going David Essex movie. (A release in January 2016 for it now seems rather likely.)

(14) Leafy Berkshire – The day was spent fine-tuning items in readiness for the big, highly important meeting in London tomorrow.

(11) UK – A rise of one place. Oh yes! Keith climbs to the no.10 position in the “Most Popular People Born in Slough” listing on Amazon.co.uk.

(10) Leafy Berkshire – A return trip to Windsor to meet and discuss the on-going Rock And Roll Circus project with super-snapper, Mike Randolph.

(9) UK– The latest edition of Record Collector magazine, featuring Keith’s write-up on Ringo’s 1973 appearance on Russell Harty Plus flew thru the letterboxes of subscribers across the country.

(5) BBC Four – Another repeat screening of the two-part, 2011 Award-nominated documentary, Queen: Days of their Lives, which featured Keith’s archive research. Once more, high viewing figures were there to watch it.

(4) UK – Hey. Get this. Keith was to be found at the no.11 position in the “Most Popular People Born in Slough” category on Amazon.co.uk.

August 2015


(30) UK – Thanks to “Mrs. C” for her rather nice, four-star review of Marilyn (Kindle version) on Amazon.co.uk “Interesting information,” she said, “…This one rings mostly true to me.” Thank you!

- Liverpool Convention, Adelphi Hotel – Keith presented the video-show at Europe’s biggest Beatles fan get-together and also partook in the obligatory “Eggheads” competition. After much banter, and frivolity, his team, “The Badman” beat Billy Heckle’s by 13-12. It now stands 1-1. The decider will take place at next year’s convention. The question-master was the highly-respected author and Beatles historian, David Bedford, whose questions were HARD… to say the least!!

- Then. at approximately, 2:11, In the early hours of Monday, August 30, in one of the concert rooms in the basement of the Adelphi, in recognition of his services at the convention, Cavern City Tours inducted Keith into the Beatleweek Hall of Fame. Amidst applause and flashing lightbulbs, he was dragged onstage to collect an award and was speechless. “Thanks to all at CCT,” he said. “This really means a lot to me. Thank you all.”

(29) Slough twinned with Liverpool – Keith headed-off to Beatle-Land for the big annual, Fab Four Convention.

(27) Leafy Berkshire – Top US record dealer, and mega Beatles fan, Bob Boyer arrived at Chez Badman to begin four days of Fab Four mania.

(26) Canada – Marilyn book update… the paperback edition was spotted at #31 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and at #371 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections on Amazon Canada. While in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” area of the site, the softback version was seen at #12 and the hardback four places below at #16.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Keith wrote a most favourable review of the superb, new Billy Fury DVD, The Sound and the Fury for Record Collector magazine.

(19) Leafy Berkshire – RC deadline-day again. This month, a tribute to Cilla Black and her appearance on the 1965 Granada TV special, The Music of Lennon & McCartney.

(15) Leafy Berkshire – With the influx of American visitors about to descend on Chez Badman, Keith carried-out further decorating work on his property.

(14) Windsor – 1:30pm. Another Stones Circus ’68-related meeting with the legendary 60s/70s snapper, Mike Randolph.

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Our Mr Badman paid another visit to the palatial home of Max and Eileen Quarterman. “Thank you both again for making me more than welcome.”

(11) Leafy Berkshire – Keith completed work on the video show for this year’s Beatles Convention in Liverpool, which is due to take place in just over two weeks’ time.

(4) London – Visit to the London studio of Chris Difford (Squeeze) with Tel, Chappers and legendary DJ, Dave Cash to begin work on the first phase on their new, Pirate Radio documentary.

(3) Leafy Berkshire – Phenomenally busy day, which included conversations with the legendary DJ, Dave Cash and frenzied, archive research/ negotiations on the (almost completed) David Essex Story. Emails from the great man himself peppered the activities.

-For a few short hours this morning, the softback edition of Keith’s Marilyn was still in the top-spot in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It fell to #4 shortly after.

(2) Cilla – The great British singer, Cilla Black sadly passed away at her home in Spain. Keith had the fortune to meet her, briefly back in 1997, during the making of the five-part, Granada/ Channel 4 series, The Brit Girls. “Thanks, Chuck for making me welcome that day,” Keith said. “I’m pleased I found that long-lost (Thank Your Lucky Stars) 1963 clip for you.”

() Canada / Italy – Incredible start to the month when Keith’s Marilyn (paperback edition) raced back to the #1 in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada, knocking J. Randy Taraborrelli’s The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe into second position. While, on the same day, in the same chart, the Kindle version of it was at #11! Meanwhile, over on Amazon Italy, the kindle version of Keith’s tome was to be found at n.106 in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the site.