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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.