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Thursday, 15 June 2017

April 2017...Football, New Projects, Pepper 50, Amazon, Marilyn, a Buzzcock & The Grand National...

(28) West End London – Another trip into the capital, this time to meet Alan G and Gabriel Clarke, a rather important, highly influential individual from the sports television production industry. After which, Alan and Keith attended a 2:30pm meeting with the distributors of the Pepper movie. This was followed by… a Diet Coke or (five) with Buzzcock, Steve Diggle and (former) Bootleg Beatle, Andre Barreau…

(27) Overcast Berkshire – A day of email catch-ups and discussions with Alan G about the important meeting tomorrow.

- Anticipating the exciting new project, Keith made preliminary contacts with some rather important, UK TV archive-based figures.
- Yep, the run was uninterrupted… The Pepper film (Blu-ray version) was still at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD now at #3)
- TV Legend, Ross L came forward with a truly amazing archive lead for the next project Keith was planning…

(26) Amazon – Due to high amount of advance sales, Amazon in the UK had no option but to move forward, by one whole month, the release dates of both the Bu-ray and DVD version of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…. The new issue date is now June 5.

(25) A rather sunny Berkshire – Email catch-up, and more development work on the aforementioned discussed new movie projects.

- Yep, still there… the new Beatles / Pepper film (Blu-ray version) was still at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD at #4)
- The new Pepper movie received another invite-only, press screening in Central London.

(24) Windsor, Berks – Another hook-up with the legendary photographer, Mike Randolph.
- New (rather exciting) movie projects were also discussed with the film director extraordinaire, Alan G.

(21) South West London – Another trip out to Wandsworth to chat over the several ongoing, rather exciting new projects with (director of the moment) Alan G. Parker and producer, Alexa Morris. Safe to say, several Diet Cokes were consumed during the afternoon/ 12:15pm meet.

(20) Goodreads – A very big thanks to “Octobur Frost” for her five-star rating of Marilyn on the site. “It was amazing,” she typed. As it stood today, 92 per cent of the readers on the site loved the book.

- The paperback version of Marilyn sat quite proudly at #2 in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It was also at #8 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” listing on the same day. Not bad for a book that was first released way back in 2010.
- The Blu-ray version of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was still at No.1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” listing on Amazon in the UK… And on the same day, the movie officially became the #1 Best Seller in the “Music, Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk.
- Meanwhile, the Director’s Q&A tour dates for the Pepper movie were announced today, with events scheduled to take place throughout May and June in Norwich, Leeds, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and, of course, London (on May 26).

(19) Rather Sunny Berkshire – Phone calls / emails / discussions about future projects with various friends and colleagues…

(18) Sunny Berks twinned with Canada – A return after the Easter break… Superb news… The paperback version of Marilyn returned to No.1 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada.

- Talking of No.1s… Two weeks on and it’s STILL there! The Blu-ray release of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today… was still in the top spot in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” chart on Amazon in the UK. (The DVD version stood at No.4 in the same listing…No.2 one day later!) On April 18, 2017 Keith had two Number One projects, with two different items in two different charts. Fact! “Amazing!”

(17) Italy – Major news. It was announced that the new Beatles / Pepper movie will be given an official cinema May 2017 release in Italy … its new title, by the way, is Dal 30 Maggio al 2 giugno, The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond.

(14) Good Friday in a cold & overcast Berkshire – Email catch-up and further work on the CCR project. “Happy Easter everyone!”

- Amazon.co.uk – Still there! The Blu-ray version of IT Was Fifty Years Ago Today was still in the No.1 position (DVD at No.5) in the Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert chart on the site (and still outselling The Rolling Stones’ latest)…

(13) South West London – A trip out to Wandsworth to discuss several ongoing projects with director, Alan G. Parker and producer, Alexa Morris. Keith learnt today that press screening invites for It Was Fifty Years Ago Today had gone out to the “red top” and several other UK newspapers. The response was magnificent and instantly, every seat for the screening, in Soho, London, on April 25, had been taken.

- Also today, Badman received news, from two different sources, that the proposed Marilyn drama series project had “optimistically” moved on a little bit further…

(12) Sunny Berkshire – Fine tuning/ developments on several projects took place today.

- One week after being placed on the site, the movie, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today (Blu-ray version) was still at No.1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (The DVD version meanwhile stood at No.4.)
- Display copies of the Circus ’68 book went on display in The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street, Liverpool. (“A big thank you to both Anne Marie and Stephen… Wonderful people!”)

(11) Berkshire / The World – Cavern club text – was work on it finally finished? It looks like it was…
- Conversation with ace designer, Paul S and the ongoing CCR project took an unexpected, rather pleasant twist today.

(10) Overcast Berkshire – 47 years since The Beatles officially split, it was a monster email catch-up day…

- Incredible to think, but “It Was 20 Years Ago Today” that his definitive, co-authored Rolling Stones book, Good Times, Bad Times was released by Complete Music.

- Keith received news from movie producer, Alan Byron that the long planned; Odeon Entertainment film on The Beatles’ early years (which featured an interview with him) was back on the cards, and nearing completion.

(8) Aintree, Liverpool – The sporting highlight of the year, the 170th running of the world’s greatest horse race, The Grand National. It was another great betting year with Keith successfully backing the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th placed horses.

(7) West End London – Another monstrously busy day, taking in Windsor, Slough and then the West End of London where our Mr. Badman had a meeting with director, Alan G, producer, Alexa Morris, and film financier, Michael. The reason for the hook-up, to discuss (I kid you not) the purchase and development of one of Keith’s Beatles books into a fully-fledged movie.

- Amazon – Incredible, but true!! Just one day after going on sale, the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the Beatles movie reached Nos 1 and 2 respectively in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” chart on the site. “Wow!”

(6) Amazon – The Blu-ray and DVD releases of It Was 50 Years Ago Today were listed for the first time today on Amazon.co.uk and… sales were very brisk indeed!! Incredible really since they will not be released officially until July 3.

- The Beatles' Pepper 50 Years Ago Today movie trailer was picked-up by The Guardian website and, by the following Monday, it had been watched by over half-a-million people. The trailer was also carried by the New Musical Express site.

- Windsor, Berkshire - Another almighty catchy-up, this time with Keith’s old, fellow Beatles-loving mate, Daniel.

(5) Rather Sunny Berkshire, thank you – (Roll on drums) after a two week delay, the official movie trailer for Alan G. Parker’s It Was 50 Years Ago Today was finally released to the world on YouTube. On the same day, a report on the movie was carried by the Classic Rock website.

-Further discussions took place today about the aforementioned Sandie Shaw project.
-Another surprise, with stocks practically out, Keith’s Marilyn (softback) returned to the #1 spot on the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(4) Overcast Berkshire – Discussions about the CCR project took place between Keith and designer, Paul. A lengthy chat about the legalities of the new Beatles movie was also had today with producer, Alexa Morris.

(3) Quite Sunny Berkshire – Promotional text, for the CCR Pledge campaign, was prepared today.

- London - Confusion / heated arguments over the trailer for the new Beatles Pepper movie took place today between the companies in charge of promoting the film.
- Discussions commenced today involving the aforementioned Sandie Shaw project as well as ones involving the new one, the Beatles film drama, And In The End...
- Director, Alan G. announced the trailer for It Was 50 Years Ago Today would be officially released this coming week…