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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.”