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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

March 2017... Unveiling of The Beatles film, Lawford, BBC Four, CCR, the Cavern, and Marilyn!

(31) West End – Another monstrously busy business day, with activities firstly taking in Slough. Then (after boarding a fast train), operations shifted to London with visits to Langham Place (for work on a new BBC Four show), High Street Kensington, Charing Cross Road (aka “The Office” where Keith met director, Alan G and Andre formerly of The Bootleg Beatles and now co-manager of them) and then Langham Place again (when he saw colleague and long-time friend, Andy).

- A trip to see his dear Mum wrapped-up this busy day. “Phew!” Another rather exciting, highly productive month was now over…

- Another nice end to March came when reader, Helen R Waddington gave Marilyn a five-star rating on Goodreads. “Thank you!”

(30) Sunny Berkshire – Busy on CCR. Keith also received an offer today to work on a new, official Sandie Shaw documentary.

(29) Leafy (but overcast) Berkshire – Work time today was split between the forthcoming CCR book and a new project involving Sara Cash, the wife of legendary DJ, Dave. With an ace design for it, just sent in from top designer, Paul S, the venture excitedly (and suddenly) moved-up another notch.

- The Cavern club book endeavour… was the copy for it finally completed today? All 33,00-plus words of it? With a final piece of fine-tuning of the text today, it looks like Keith’s role on it was finally over. (A June 2017 release still looks certain.)

(28) Sunny Berkshire – Formative work on a new photo book project involving the legendary American rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

(27) Canada – With stocks of the softback now sold out on the site, and deliveries of the book not expected for 1-2 months, the paperback version of Marilyn unsurprisingly returned to the #1 spot again (!!!!!!!!!!!), this time in the “Most Wished for Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- Goodreads (again) – Many thanks to reader, “David Cain” for his five-star rating of Marilyn on the site today. “Thanks, David.”
- Speaking of the legendary actress, plans to turn Keith’s book into a major television production moved that little bit closer when optimistic discussions about it, between him and his Film/TV/Media agent, Yasmin took place today.
- Has the Cavern book text finally been approved and signed off, we wonder??!!
- Plans for another hook-up in London, this coming Friday, with Alan G. was hatched this afternoon.

(23-24) Leafy Berkshire – Further work (can you believe that) on the Cavern book text, in addition to conversations with Sara Cash (about another new, ongoing project). Keith also prepared an updated version of his biography for use in promotions of the new Beatles film.

- Also on the 24th, the softback version of Marilyn was spotted at #2 in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- And talking about the great lady, today saw another major development in the plan to turn Keith’s book into a major TV drama series. More news soon! Watch this space…

(22) Leafy Berkshire – More forthcoming projects discussed, including one (a film biog) on a very well-known nightclub personality… with a background of over 50 years.

(21) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day of emails/ phone calls, catch-ups and sorting things, particularly with regards to the special Record Collector / Circus piece and the on-going book idea with Sara Cash, widow of the legendary DJ, Dave.

- A much-needed update on this site was carried out today.
- Another project with the Rock Gods, Queen in the offering, we wonder?

(20) Canada – In the Marilyn Amazon Bestsellers Rank, with stocks completely depleted, the softback version found its way up to #3 in the “Most Wished For” category. While in some of the other charts that day, the paperback edition was to be found at #18 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and at #231 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections of the site.

- UK - Excitement continues when Record Collector magazine announces they will be featuring the remastered Circus ’68 images in a spread of a future Rolling Stones special edition version of the mag.
-The planned premiere today of the official trailer for It Was 50 Years Ago Today failed to materialise due to various unforeseen problems.
- Leafy Berkshire – “Have we reached the end for the Cavern book text?” That was the question today. We will soon know…

(17) London, England – Monster big news on the Beatles / Pepper movie front when the UK distribution for it, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was picked up by Kaleidoscope Entertainment which means it will, without any doubts whatsoever, be in multiple cinemas across the country on May 26, the 50 anniversary of the UK release of the great album. (“Bet that will please Apple!”)

- West End, London (afternoon) – For the first time in possibly five-years, Keith met with his old, long-time pal of almost 30 years, Andy Neill. A pizza restaurant was chosen and a rather pleasant, four-hour catch-up was had by both of them.

(15) London, England – Keith was invited to the “Beatles Unseen” launch party, at the Proud Gallery in Camden this evening but, due to logistical problems, was unable to attend.

(14) West End – The first-ever screening of the completed, new Beatles movie took place at the private, swank, Hospital Club in Camden, London. (Event began at 5:30pm) Richard Porter, of the London Beatles Walks company, in the audience that night was the first to review it, describing it “a great tribute to a great album. Highly recommended.”

Keith’s role in the picture was also noticed, with Porter saying, “there is plenty of footage of the Fabs, much I hadn’t seen before, as collected by Keith Badman, Beatles archivist extraordinaire.” Thank you, Richard!

(10) Canada – Paperback Marilyn suddenly raced up to the #11 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. And with that, the site / company was completely out of any actual psychical copies of Keith’s book on the actress.

- Would you believe, even more editing / revision of the text to be featured in the forthcoming official Cavern club book.

(6– 9) South Coast – Keith took his twice-yearly trip down to Lawford-Land by the sea.

(3) Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s work on the Beatles documentary finally came to an end which at 11:43am, just seventeen minutes before the deadline, he submitted, for inclusion in the film, the last remaining piece of HD archive footage on the band. The very last picture, for inclusion in the picture (the Getty image of John Lennon leaning out of the train carriage window, Euston, in August 1967) had been sent just minutes before that. “The job was done.”

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day when video grabs for another Rockin’ piece was sent to Record Collector magazine.

(1) Leafy Berkshire – Keith met for lunch with his old friend, the comedy producer and Queen production legend, Simon Lupton.