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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

October 2016...Beatles, Pepper, Slough Town FC, the Cavern, the Circus and the extremely sad passing of Dave Cash...

(26 – till end of month) Leafy Berkshire – Yet more blogging, typing of proposals and additional pre-production work on the new Fab Four ’67 movie.

(25) Leafy Berkshire – Even more blogging, emails, discussions and work on the new Beatles movie. The day concluded with some rather news from director, Alan G… a chap, who loomed very large in The Beatles’ inner circle in the 60s has agreed to participate in the movie.

(24) Leafy Berkshire – Keith received news from designer, Paul Skellart that our Circus ’68 book was now being printed and should reach the UK in the third week of December.

(22) Leafy Berkshire – A great honour indeed when Keith received his… wait for it… “Cavern Club VIP Membership Card”! I kid you not. “Thank you all at CCT for thinking of me.”

(21) Kent – The entertainment world was in mourning at the sad loss of the famous 1960s/70s DJ, and extremely nice gent, Dave Cash. The news came at the end of a very busy day, with Keith contacting and booking star names, such as Hunter Davies and Tony Bramwell for the new Beatles documentary. Dave himself had even been approached to appear in it. “I really loved Dave,” Keith solemnly said, “and his passing was a tremendous loss to me, and everyone who knew him. I grew very close to him and classed him as a friend. Like so many, many others, I shall truly miss him.”

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Meeting with the famous television producer, Simon Lupton. A number of projects were discussed, but the major one was Marilyn, with news that it had progressed by leaps-and-bounds with the announcement that an actress to play the great actress had even been even been approached.

(19) Leafy Berkshire – A “Seinfeld” catch-up with two of his old, long-time mates, “Big” Dave and Brian.

(18) Berkshire / London – With pre-production work on the new Beatles project now underway, the production team involved on the project received a big surprise today when it was announced that the world famous London venue, The Scotch of St. James, used by the group, and so many other famous music stars and celebrities of the 60s, would be available to us to film some interviews.

- Also today The Beatles Book (hardback edition) returned to the No.1 position on Amazon.co.uk and was the “Beatles Best Seller” on the site.

- Also today, news reached Keith that the official Cavern club book will be now be released in April 2017.

(17) Charring Cross, Central London – A trip into the Capital to see again director, Alan G. Parker and the rest of the team for the first serious production meeting on the new Beatles movie documentary. “Loads were discussed… we now had a plan.” And highly fruitful it was too. After which, Keith headed-off down Oxford Street and ended-up standing shoulder-to-shoulder, at the traffic lights, with the English television and radio presenter, comedy writer and former barrister, Clive Anderson. “You just can’t stop yourself thinking of the Bee Gees when you see him….”

(12 - 16) Leafy Berkshire – More blogging, planning and progressing with future projects…

(11) Leafy Berkshire – Conversations were held with Bob Young (about the imminent Cavern book), Paul Skellert (about the Circus ’68 project), as well as with friend, Big Dave. Various blog works was also undertaken today. Plans for the following week, involving a meeting with the highly-respected, comedy and Queen Producer, Simon Lupton were also finalised today.

(10) Wandsworth, South West London – Fruitful Beatles movie discussions were held with noted movie director, Alan G. and producer, Alexa Morris. The first proper meeting about the proposed film, with everyone in the team present, was arranged to take place in seven days’ time, October 17.

- In America, “50 years ago today,” The Monkees released their first album… the cover of which, remains one of Keith’s all-time favourite LP designs… by far!

(8) Slough – Accompanied by his dear Mum, Keith paid his first visit to the new home of Slough Town FC. The team pleasantly won 3-1. “A most enjoyable afternoon was had by one and all,” Mr Badman happily declared afterwards.

(7) Leafy Berkshire – First view of the new, highly-recommended, Debbie Greenberg book, The True Story of the Cavern book.

(5) Bermondsey – Another trip into London to see Keith’s old mate, Tel. Safe to say wine flowed freely during their 3-hour catch-up.

(3) Canada – A surprise return to the #2 position for the ebook version of Marilyn in the Amazon , “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn,” list on Amazon Canada. AND… on the same day…

- This time on Amazon in the UK… Hunter’s The Beatles Book returned to the TOP SPOT in the “Beat Sellers in Beatles” listings on the site. “Two top-5 books in one day… how good is that??”

(2) UK – Event magazine - The first proper, serious review of The Beatles Book appeared in the national press. In the four-out-of-five review by Stuart Maconie, he wonderfully described Keith’s trivia-laden section as “the most fun,” saying, “This is the stuff us Beatle nuts adore; quirky details reeking of period.”

(1) Leafy Township of Berks – Another trip to the fine local dinery, Barratts’ Bistro.