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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.