(31) St John’s Wood, (near the world famous Abbey Road Studios) – A trip out to North West London for a lengthy interview at the exclusive, Ivy restaurant, with (the delightful) presenters, Magdalena and Pawel of the top, East Poland, national radio station, Radio Lublin. The Pepper album and movie were naturally discussed.
The first part of the interview was aired on the station the following day; the rest the following week. This was the first of two rather busy days of Pepper promotional interviews for Keith. (Celebrity spotted in the Ivy restaurant that day; English actor, Bill Nighy.)
(30) Overcast Berkshire – Further work on the latest Rockin’ The Box piece for Record Collector magazine, a fiftieth anniversary feature on Brian Epstein’s very last, now largely forgotten, television interview, for News At Ten in July 1967.
- Marilyn was still placed at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.
(29) Overcast Berkshire / twinned with Canada – Bank holiday Monday, another amazing day on Amazon Canada… when Keith’s Marilyn featured prominently in three different charts, #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section, and at #2 (kindle) and 3 (paperback) in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” listing. “Incredible!!”
- It did not end there. The book was also found at #11 in the Kindle Store, in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism” section and at #27 in the “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” section. The downside of it all, stocks of the softback edition were now completely gone on the site, with deliveries expected to be shipped in “1-2 months.”
(28) Goodreads – Many thanks to “Peter Wilson” for his five-star review of Marilyn on the world renowned, book reading site, Goodreads.
(27) Wembley, London – Yay!!!!!!!! Keith’s beloved Arsenal won the FA Cup AGAIN, (easily) beating Chelsea 2-1. “What a superb, stunning performance from Wenger’s boys!” And a truly magical day!!
- Many thanks to “Stefano C” for his five-star review of Marilyn on Amazon Italy.
(26) West End London, Picturehouse Central – The big-day finally arrived. The UK/ London Premiere of the new Pepper movie , It Was Fifty Years Ago Today took place in Central London. A Q&A with the film's director, Alan G, preceded it… "A splendid time was certainly had by all."
- The movie (incredibly) also opened today in 72 cinemas across the country…
BBC film reviewer, Mark Kermode
reviewed It Was Fifty Years Ago Today, The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond on
BBC Radio 5 Live.
- BBC Four aired (at 10pm) Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock N Roll’s Dodgiest Deals, which featured Keith’s latest TV credit.
(23) Overcast Berkshire… sincere and heart-felt thoughts went out to those involved in the Manchester Arena atrocity…
- Another BBC Pepper fiftieth anniversary interview was arranged, this time for BBC Radio Kent, for the following week, June 1 at Wogan Host, West End London. ("Many thanks to Sara Cash for her help in arranging this.")
(22) Canada – For the third straight day, Marilyn was at No.1 again in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon in that country.
(20) Canada – Marilyn went to the No.1 AGAIN in the “Most Wished for in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.
(19) London - Beatles movie promotions continued with Alan G. appearing live on Sky News Sunrise. (“Many thanks AGP for yet another name check.”)
- Early morning phone call with legendary, 60s/70s photographer, Mike Randolph…
- AND another big move forward with the Marilyn TV drama came when it was announced that the two parties concerned in the project had (wait for it) reached an amicable agreement… now on to contracts…
(18) London - Beatles film promotions began with director, Alan G. making a live appearance on BBC Breakfast Time. (“Yes! Thanks Alan for the name check!”)
(16-17-18) Sunny Berks – Three mad days of CCR researching and typing.
- Big news time! The Pledge CCR (in London 1970 and 1971) book / photographic campaign officially went live on the eighteenth.
(15) A Rather Sunny Berkshire – What a day… what a day… CCR, Queen, and Marilyn… conversations with Simon L, Mike R, Paul S and my TV agent, Yasmin. What a day! Non-stop!
- Both Apple News and Empire Magazine carried most favourable reviews of the It Was Fifty Years Ago Today movie on their websites.
- Goodreads – Many thanks to reader “Jessica Avery” for her five-star review of Marilyn on the site.
(11 - 12) Overcast (but dry) Berkshire – Even more typing on the CCR book Pledge project. ("Dear me. It goes on.")
- The new Pepper film, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was STILL at #1 (DVD at #2) in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” listing on Amazon.co.uk.
- Keith’s Marilyn (softback edition) was at #3 in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” listing on Amazon Canada.
(10) South London – A trip out to Bermondsey to see Keith’s old, long-time mate, Terry R. Several bottles of… Diet Coke were consumed in a most eventful 3-hour session.
- Interesting news… the Mexico ’70 movie documentary looks like a go-er. (Fingers tightly crossed.)
- Further major news. Pepper movie director, Alan G. will be a guest on BBC Breakfast Time next Thursday (May 18) to discuss and promote the new Pepper film.
(8/9) Sunny Berkshire – Even more work on the forthcoming CCR book project.
-It is announced that the new Pepper film will be screened on August 27 at the big, annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool. A Q&A with Alan G. is scheduled to follow it.
- A Marilyn interview request came in today from one of the top US radio programmes, The Scott Helmer Show…
(3/4/5) Overcast Berkshire – Further text work on the new CCR project.
- On the fourth, an interesting archive breakthrough came on the proposed Mexico ’70 documentary idea. (Keith knows where the rare archive footage is!)
- Marilyn sat very nicely in the #3 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.
(2) Sunny Berkshire – Another RC Rockin’ The Box column beckoned, this time a 1968 edition of Kenny Everett’s Nice Time series. (Video grabs were sent today… but unfortunately the publication of them in the mag would be held back for several months.)
- Keith’s Sgt Pepper / 50th Anniversary interview for an East Poland radio station, on May 31 was confirmed today, but the logistics of it had yet to be confirmed.
- Still there. The Blu-ray version of the Pepper film was STILL at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD was now up to #2)
- Big news time! The USA/South America distribution for the new Pepper film was now complete. It will be handled by Bob Frank Entertainment.
(1) London & Slough – Keith’s credit on a new BBC Four music documentary was confirmed today. “Thanks, Andy!”