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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

June 2017...Marilyn, RC, BBC, Pepper, new Projects and wonderful Adam...

(29) Warm Berkshire / London – The turning of Keith’s Marilyn book into a major film/TV drama took another big step today. As before, watch this space…

(27) Overcast Wet Berkshire – Another lengthy discussion, with Producer Alexa about the propsed, new movie project. The upshot of it is; once funding is in place, filming should begin at the end of July. Its subject? You’ll soon know…

(26) Sunny Berkshire – Emails catch-up, this site is tweaked and plans for the week were hatched…

(22) Rather Warm Berkshire – RC, for this month at least, was wrapped when the video grabs for A Whole Lotta Shakin’… was sent over, ready for publication.

- Very early, pre-production archive research work on the new movie was carried out by Keith and an amazing, rarely-seen 1970 film clip was incredibly unearthed…

(21) Still Sunny Berkshire – Change of plan… Nice Time was dropped by Record Collector. In its place, the 1964 Granada live rock ‘n’ roll music extravaganza, A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin ‘ On…

- Conversation this morning with Alan G about the new movie project went very well indeed and it sure looks like a go-er. Fingers crossed filming should start in Late July.

- Amazon Canada – It’s as you were with the paperback version of Marilyn at #1 in the “Most Wished for in Monroe, Marilyn” and at #2 in the “Most Gifted” sections devoted to the great actress on the site.

(20) North London (near the home of Arsenal FC) – Another catch-up with one of Keith’s long-time friends, the property extraordinaire, Laurence. (“Lovely pizza! Thank you!”)

- Further meetings regarding the next movie project took place in London. Director, Alan G was naturally present.

(19) Beautifully Sunny Berkshire – Work continued on Nice Time for Record Collector magazine…

- Many thanks to “Middlethought” for his five-star rating of Marilyn on Goodreads. The person rated it as... 'amazing.' “Thank you!”

(17) Italy – The Pepper doc, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today; The Beatles Sgt Pepper & Beyond opened in cinemas across Italy. Box office takings during that opening weekend were… most impressive indeed!

(16) Rather Sunny Berkshire – Work on the Kenny Everett/ Nice Time (1968) edition of Rockin’ The Box for Record Collector magazine finally got underway.

- Talking of the mag, the latest edition, featuring a report on Brian Epstein’s last-ever TV appearance, taped just a month before his death, dropped through letter-boxes across the country.

- While over on (good ol’) Amazon Canada, the paperback edition of Keith’s Marilyn was spotted at #1 in the “Most Wished for in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site. It was also at #2 in the “Most Gifted” section devoted to the great actress on the site.

- It was announced the new movie, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today; The Beatles Sgt Pepper & Beyond was (incredibly) placed at No.12 in the UK’s top movie chart listings.
(15) Overcast Berkshire – Further CCR Pledge discussion with Paul S. A decision of it will be made early next week.

- A long overdue, text update of this site was finished today.

(14) USA / UK – The CCR Pledge book campaign was not progressing as well as expected so Keith had a long, hard discussion about it with the designer on the project, Paul S. A talk about it was also had today with Mike Randolph.

(12) UK – It Was Fifty Years Ago Today, The Beatles Sgt Pepper & Beyond… was at No 1 in the music/documentary charts.... AND at No 16 in the national UK Film charts, alongside Trainspotting 2, Denial and Gold etc. etc.... “Simply incredible!”

(9) Los Angeles, California – Adam West passed away following a brief battle with leukaemia. He was 88. Six days later, on June 15, 2017, Los Angeles shined the Bat-Signal on City Hall as a tribute to him. “He will be, and will always be the finest Batman ever. EVER! I truly adored him and the series. He will be sorely missed,” Keith said after hearing the sad news.

(9 - 14) Canada – My goodness! Still there… number one in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- Well, incredible as it seems but even now, there are more revisions to the Cavern club book text. (Release date of it was pushed back to December 2017.)

(8) BBC London – Director Alan G was a guest on BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross radio show. Naturally the Pepper movie doc was discussed. (Mr Ross loved the film… So does Mike Joyce, former drummer with The Smiths.)

(7) Canada – Hey, hey, still there… top spot in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. Stocks of the paperback edition were once more depleted on the site, with customers being told a new delivery of the book will ship within “2 to 5 weeks.”

- Chart positions a go-go here… The It Was Fifty Years Ago Today documentary was found at #1 in the DVD & Blu-ray “Music Video & Concert” chart today, as well as #3 in the DVD & Blu-ray “Documentary” listing and at #8 in the DVD & Blu-ray “TV” run-down. “Quite remarkable.”

(5) Canada – Still there… the softback version of Marilyn was still in the #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- UK – It’s out. Despite being shipped out 10 days earlier, the Blu-ray /DVD versions of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today were officially released today… on Amazon and all major retailers, and already it had climbed to #1 in the “DVD & Blu-ray > Music Video & Concert,” listing, #3 in the “DVD & Blu-ray > Documentary” chart and #7 in the “DVD & Blu-ray > TV” run-down… “Yes!” As you would have guessed, it was the #1 “Best Seller in Music Video & Concert” on Amazon UK.

-Berkshire - More (most interesting) developments with the (get ready) Marilyn and Queen Projects.

-Self-employed for 29 years now and amongst the “Congrats” messages to Keith on Linkedin was one from ‘Everlasting Love’ himself, the famous, Love Affair front-man, Steve Ellis. “Thanks, Steve! Appreciate it.”

(4) Goodreads – Yet another five-star rating of Marilyn… Many thanks to “dale connors” for supplying it.

(2) Overcast Berkshire – Latest Rockin’, featuring Brian Epstein’s very last television appearance, was typed and sent to Record Collector magazine.
- Marilyn (softback) was suddenly spotted at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(1) Central London – Another day of Pepper-related promotional interviews, mainly today at Wogan House. Two were carried out in quick succession, one for Radio Kent. (The piece was repeated on the station on Sunday afternoon, June 4 between 2 and 3pm.)

-Liverpool – Then a mad rush for the train… for the Northern premiere of the movie, which took place this evening…

-Many thanks to “Pamela Kincheloe” for her five-star rating review of Marilyn on Goodreads.