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Monday, 24 September 2018

July 2018 - Marilyn, 60s Pop, New Film?, Beatles Employee, Book Credit, House Renovations and...A Red Carpet Premiere!

(31) USA/ the World – Another five-out-of-five Marilyn rating on Goodreads, this time from reader “Alexandra”… "Thank you, very much indeed."

- France – on the same day, paperback copies of Marilyn sold out completely on Amazon in France.

(30) Overcast Berkshire – Keith received a copy of the new 60s TV pop book, by Peter Checksfield and noted a credit to him inside. “Thanks, Peter, appreciate it.”

- Blast from the past, Keith exchanged update messages from the highly-respected, UK Archive Producer, Camilla Wheeler. (The two had worked together on various archive TV projects in the past.)

- Still hanging in there. Marilyn (softback edition) was spotted at #11 in the “Most Wished for in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada…

(26) Sunny Berkshire – The film theme continued… Discussions with director, Alan G. revealed that production on the new Lennon documentary was edging ever nearer…

(24 – 25) Essex / London – Two days in the company of Keith’s friend, the investor, Peter from Jersey… Orpington on Tuesday, to visit the home of the legendary BBC Radio presenter, Brian Mathew’s son, Chris… and then on Wednesday, London for the UK "Red Carpet" Premiere of the utterly brilliant, comedy, horror flick, Fanged Up, in the company of friends, celebrities, and the stars of the film.

- Keith was also in attendance at the after-show party, held at the nearby, exclusive club with some stars of the BBC drama series EastEnders in close proximity. The producer of the movie, the legendary Terry Stone was also naturally present throughout the night, which ended around 5am….

(21 – 23) Super Sunny Berkshire / UK – The rather exciting Marilyn project moved up another gear with the arrival of a rather wonderful treatment for it… Close examination of it was required.

- Also on the 23, the Kindle version of Keith’s work on the actress, suddenly found itself at #4 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- The video grabs, of Kate Bush’s 1993 appearance on LWT's Aspel & Company were finally sent over to Record Collector magazine.

(20) Warm Berkshire – Sad morning, attending a funeral of a dear friend's father, then had a most pleasant afternoon, on a trip out with dear Mum … and a lunch catch-up with… a chap once employed by The Beatles! “You couldn’t make it up!”

(18) Warm Berkshire – Work on the second phase of the renovation on Keith’s house came to an end… for now… It took a shade over three weeks!

(17) Overcast Berkshire – Time for another Rockin’ The Box, this time Kate Bush’s 1993 appearance on ITV’s Aspel & Company.

(13) US/ the World – Lovely surprise when readers, “Christopher” and “Angela Watts,” both on the same day, gave Keith’s Marilyn book a five-out-of-five, “it was amazing,” rating on Goodreads. “Thank you both.”

(4) Rather lovely Berkshire – Intermittently through the first two weeks of the month, pre-production work on the Brian Jones documentary started… then stopped… then started... then stopped...

(2 onwards) Berkshire - Major renovations at Chez Badman continued…

(1) Berkshire – Keith attended a garden party with his dear Mum…

- On the same day, he received a note, from Polish radio’s Paweł Błędowski, saying his 1999, The Beatles After the Break-Up book had been praised by author, Nicholas Pegg in his excellent, The Complete David Bowie publication. “Wonderful, thanks Nicholas!”

June 2018 - Beach Boys, Film / TV Projects, Marilyn and Helen, thank you for everything... RIP...

(27-29) Chez Badman – The extensive house renovations continued… “It's looking good."

(29) Berkshire / Twinned with London and Derby - All was not lost... Ideas were afoot to salvage the Jones project.

(27) Berkshire / London / Midlands - Sadly, it looked like the Brian Jones project had hit a bit of a dead-end…

(25/ 26) Sunny Berkshire – Busy day of typing with further work on the Marilyn project and the latest edition of Rockin’ The Box for RC… this month, The Smiths’ filmed appearance on Channel 4's The Tube back in 1985.

(24) Canada / USA – With the hardback edition of Marilyn now deleted and hard to come by, some outlets in America and Canada were seen offering this version of the book for $81…

(23) Leafy (rather lovely) Berkshire – Further Marilyn project text work took place…“Exciting stuff!”

(21) Leafy (Sunny) Berkshire – Pre-production work finally began on the Marilyn project… creating the synopsis was (as in most major productions) the first major step.

(20) USA – Happy Birthday to the legendary… Brian Wilson!

(18) UK/ Europe – The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s piece on Elton John's tour of America in 1975, crashed thru letterboxes across the land.

(17) Hawaii – An absolute classic for the "Get This" files... Keith was informed his “endorsement” will (without any doubts whatsoever) now feature on the FRONT COVER of the new, Beach Boys-related book, penned by a very close associate of the band, Rocky Pamplin… “What an absolute thrill and honour.”

(13) UK/ Berkshire – The Marilyn project moved in a new, rather exciting direction… and more work was needed. "It's getting there."

(11) Derby / Berkshire – Keith was informed a rather nice, highly pleasant credit to his good self was featured in the intro to the new, quite brilliant Beatles in India 1968 book, Across The Universe, by Ajoy Bose. “Thank you, Ajoy, you are a star… and your publication is excellent!”

(8) USA / Berkshire – Very nice! Keith received a notification, saying a quote of his will be appearing, pride of place on a new, rather exciting Beach Boys-related item... (See entry above - 17)

(6) London/ Berkshire – Can it be true? Looks like it is. Extremely sad news reached Keith about the tragic death of his former agent and publicity person, Helen Donlan. “So, so sorry to hear this," Keith said. "It was an immense pleasure knowing and working with you. I will always, affectionately recall the happy times we had together plugging my books. Thank you. RIP.”

(5) Pleasant Berkshire – Two calls revealed rather exciting news about two of Keith’s proposed film / TV projects…

(3) Super Sunny Berkshire – Keith (and his dear Mother) attended a truly wonderful 3pm barbeque in the grounds of Oxford House. "Thanks to all concerned for organising a truly superb afternoon, which also included a delightful performance by Pete the singer."

Monday, 17 September 2018

May 2018 - Marilyn, film / TV ideas, Queen, Beatles and house renovations...

(31) Sunny Berkshire – With excitement about the Marilyn project still ringing in his ears, Keith completed and sent in his latest Rockin' The Box piece; Elton John in 1975.

- A swift visit to (would you believe) Twitter permeated the afternoon… a long overdue return to the site looms…

- While over in Canada, Marilyn (paperback version) suddenly climbed up to the #4 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” listing on Amazon Canada.

(30) South East, England – Big news, big news! – At last… preliminary stages of the rather exciting Marilyn project became altogether certain today. “So excited. Cannot emphasise that enough,” Keith gushed.

- Windsor, Berkshire – A long overdue, afternoon, drinks and patisserie catch-up with another long-time pal, the famed photographer, Mike Randolph.

(29) – Overcast / wet Berkshire – Via a chat with friend / associate / financier, Peter, Keith learnt of a major breakthrough in the proposed new Beatles-related, big-screen film…

- Canada – Marilyn’s still there! Keith’s book was seen at #17 and #30 (kindle and softback respectively) in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” charts on Amazon Canada.

- Berkshire – Start of another RC Rockin’ The Box article, this month, Elton John’s October 1975 performance at Dodgers Stadium, as featured on the LWT show, Russell Harty.

(26) Canada – Amazing! Keith’s Marilyn was to be found at #7 and #18 (kindle and softback respectively) in the “Best Sellers In Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(24) Sunny Berkshire – Further preliminary work on the new Queen project…most interesting discussions were held today with notables in the music archive industry world. “Thanks Nick and David for your time and info. Much appreciated.”

- Following on from the above, (via email) Keith heard from a most valuable person / contributor to the 1979 Concert For Kampuchea shows…

- Almighty catch-up with long-time mate, Mike D.

(22) Sunny Berkshire – More discussions (via phone) took place today about the proposed John Lennon and Brian Jones movie ideas.

- More work / deliveries on/ for the Chez Badman renovations.

(21) Berkshire twinned with Canada – On the day Keith emptied a great part of his house, his Marilyn suddenly climbed back to the #2 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(14-18) Sunny/ Warm Berkshire – House renovations at Chez Badman was the main course of actions during most of the week, with visits to a certain well-known D-I-Y chain…

- (17) USA – Goldimine magazine published a most wonderful, 5 out of 5 review of the movie, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today… In part, it read, “This film was not officially sanctioned by The Beatles or Apple, and therefore no Beatles music was included. But don't let that put you off, Instead it offers interviews with many people who were in the Beatles inner circle and also famous Beatle biographers. They all have some great insider stories and details to share…

Another plus is all of the rare historical footage of The Beatles that you don’t often see in “official” documentaries. What Ron Howard missed Alan G Parker delivers on. The film starts in August 1966 giving the background of why The Beatles stopped touring which led to their unlimited time in the recording studio…. The interviews are very intelligent and interesting. For Beatles fans who like to get their hands on rare footage and interviews of The Beatles, then this DVD is for you... “

Keith's take on this? "Wow! Thank you Goldmine, we love you.”

(11) Central London – A most monumental day in the Marilyn journey when (at 2pm) Keith met his second agent, Yasmin and a lawyer to sign some, rather important papers. A major studio production was also now on bound in this highly exciting project … “Immense pleasure about this was shared by all…”

(9) Windsor, Berkshire / North London – In readiness for Friday’s meeting, Keith had a hair tidy-up and then (after being an extra in a new mystery film, being shot at Slough train station) he travelled to North London to meet friends, Mark and Anthony and attend the 7:30 “Evening With The Rutles” concert at The Garage in North London. (Being in the area he just had to, of course, pop round to the Emirates Stadium again to soak up the most welcome, truly delightful atmosphere.)

(8) Berkshire / Central London – A flurry of emails re Marilyn project and fine details were confirmed… and a meet-up with Keith’s other agent, Yasmin was confirmed for this coming Friday at 2pm… “We’re getting there.”

(6) London/ Berkshire – A major breakthrough on Marilyn… when (via email conformation from Keith’s agent) ongoing queries were agreed upon…

(5) Langley, Berkshire – Keith attended the birthday celebrations for another long-time friend, Dave C.

(3) Sunny… yet chilly Berkshire – More Marilyn-project related discussions overtook most of the day.

(2) Sunny Berkshire - A day of carpet lifting… and Brian Jones project discussions. What a combination.

April 2018 - Abba, Grand National, Marilyn, Jones, Jagger, RC and Beatles...

(30) Berkshire – The month wrapped with another Rockin’ The Box piece for Record Collector magazine, this time, Abba members, Agnetha and Ani-Frid’s New Year’s Day 1983 appearance on ITV’s Razzmatazz.

(25– 26) Berkshire twinned with London – Two more days of exciting, yet frantic activity regarding the Marilyn project… “We’re at the equivalent of fence 30 in The Grand National now,” Keith remarked.

- The Brian Jones movie idea once more reared its head… with more ideas being put forward.
- With Keith’s long-running RC series, Rockin’ The Box about to come to a natural end, discussions about its replacement were held this afternoon with the mag.

(21) UK/ Europe – The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s piece on Mick Jagger’s legendary, 1967 appearance on Granada’s World In Action, crashed thru the letter boxes of subscribers throughout the UK and Europe.

(20, 21 – 23) Berkshire twinned with London – Three days of frantic activity regarding the Marilyn book-to-film project. Emails, text and phone calls a-plenty went on.

(20) London – A very sad day for Arsenal FC-lovers everywhere when, at 10am this morning, it was announced that Arsene Wenger, the club’s loyal manager for 22 years, would be leaving the club at the end of the current season. “Thank you, Mr Wenger for all the happy times you’ve given us.”

(19) Sunny Slough – Besides chasing up invoices, another rather exciting Queen project was started.

- The “book-to-film” Marilyn project was given another shake-up today.
- The paperback version of the great actress was seen today in the #20 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on (the much improved) Amazon Canada.

(18) Sunny (and rather warm) Slough – Another highly-enjoyable catch-up with the legendary comedy producer, Simon L. A number of most interesting projects were naturally discussed.

(17) Sunny Slough – Phone discussions revealed major leap forwards on three rather exciting movie/ TV projects…

(16) Overcast Berkshire – The planned Brian Jones movie/documentary idea took a most pleasant turn this morning following a discussion with friend, Peter O…

- Marilyn (paperback version) made a sudden jump to the #26 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on the (new look) Amazon Canada.

(14) Aintree twinned with World – Another exciting Grand National, the world's great horse race. Keith backed the winner, Tiger Roll. Easily one of the most exciting days in the sporting calendar.

- Catch-up with Alan G. and Reg P. about the many, ongoing film project ideas.

(12) Netflix – The 2017 Sgt. Pepper-inspired movie, it Was Fifty Years Ago Today… continued its well-received run on Netflix…

(9 - 13) Overcast Berkshire– intermittent thru week – Keith continued with his house renovations.

(4) Goodreads – Many thanks to “Stuart Stone” for his five-star “it was amazing” rating of Marilyn on the well-respected book reading site.

(3) Overcast, Cold Berkshire – With Easter over, it was a return to my (wonderful) laptop for an almighty email / work catch-up.

- A most interesting conversation (about future projects) took place this afternoon with director, Alan G…

March 2018 - TV / Movie ideas, Marilyn, Jones, Beatles...

(29) Overcast, Rather Cold Berkshire – At last, after a delay of eight months, this website finally received a major text update, with entries for August to November 2017 being added.
- Another lengthy, most interesting project catch-up with financier, Peter from Jersey.
- Still hanging in there. The paperback version of Marilyn was to be found in the #13 position in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. “Incredible!”
- And many thanks to “Andreea” for her five-star, “it was amazing” rating of Marilyn on Goodreads. “Thank you.”

(27 – 28) Sunny, but Cold Berkshire – Further frantic work on the Brian Jones documentary project. More potential financiers were furnished with the production info they required.
- Family matters (on the 28th) were top of the agenda today and an evening meeting was attended to.
- Lengthy conversation (on the 27th) about the Brian Jones project with the idea’s co-owner, Reg.

(22) Overcast Berkshire – A terrifically busy day spent typing emails and texts, taking/making phone calls, and downloading WeTransfer files for the proposed Brian Jones project.

(21) Sunny Slough (twinned with the Midlands) – Update conversations on the two proposed movie projects and… it looked promising. More news soon!
- Brief bit of archive research on the upcoming Beatles film which focused on their early years.

(19) Sunny, but cold Berkshire – Day of emails, project catch-ups and a hook-up with old friend, Gary S.

(18) Snowy Berkshire – Seven months after his return to the concert stage, Keith received a most pleasant surprise… to play drums with an "about to reform" local band.

(17) Goodreads – We’re on a roll here. Yet another five-star, Marilyn rating, this time from “Stockfish”. “Thank you both.”

(15) Goodreads – Another five-star, Marilyn rating, this time from site reader, “stef”…

(13) Central London – A 1pm meeting at “The Office” with Alan G, Terry Tel Rawlings and Paul McEvoy to discuss the recently rejuvenated Brian Jones movie project.

(12) Chilly Berkshire – A busy day sorting future Record Collector articles and typing outstanding invoices.

- Keith received news that the Odeon Entertainment film, about The Beatles’ early years, in which he was interviewed, was finally nearing completion and was set to receive a Liverpool cinema screening in / around July of this year. “Watch this space!”

(11) Warming-up Berkshire – A wonderful day celebrating Mothers everywhere (especially Keith’s truly great one)…

- A sad loss, legendary comedian, Ken Dodd passed away.

(9) Still chilly Berkshire – Great news was received about the Marilyn book to movie idea.

(5-8) South Coast – Another (slightly relaxing) trip down to Lawford-Land… the summer season beckoned, and there was lots of work to do.

(2) Goodreads – Many thanks to “Katrine Maxwell” for her top “it was amazing” five-star rating of Marilyn on the top book-reading site.

(1) Another freezing cold, and snowy day in Berkshire – Various commitments / errands were sorted today including the sorting of a new storage facility.

- Out of the blue, following a conversation with producer, Alexa Morris, it looked like a new movie idea was about to get the “green light.” Watch this space!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

February 2018 - RC, Demo Reel, Lennon, Marilyn and Jagger...

(27-28) Snowy, slippery, freezing Berkshire – That time again, another Rockin’ the Box article for Record Collector magazine. This month, Mick Jagger’s legendary, 1967 appearance on Granada ITV’s World In Action.

-Invoices were prepared/ paperwork tidied.

(23 – 26) Cold Berkshire – Archive film research on the new “Bullion” movie project was completed.

(20 - 21) Sunny but Cold Berkshire – Two rather busy days, split between Lennon research, future movie plans and further archive trawls for a proposed “Bullion Robbery” TV film…
- Still there. Marilyn (paperback version) was spotted in the #6 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(19) Chilly Berkshire - The first proper day of archive research on the new Lennon project.
- While a meeting was taking place in London, Keith confirmed the first interviewee for the new film.
- Loose ends... Tidying up of business on the Rock n Roll Circus book project.

(17) Cold Berkshire – Further great news when it was revealed (in a phone call this afternoon) the new John Lennon movie documentary has been given the go-ahead…. Now the hard work begins.

(15/16) Freezing Berkshire – Further research work on the new “Bullion” robbery movie.

(8) Wandsworth, South West London – A trip out to see Alan G and producer, Alexis to discuss the ongoing new movie ideas.
- The 2017 movie, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today (which featured Keith's archive research) continued its run on the immensely popular movie channel, NetFlix…

(7) Freezing Berkshire – Early, pre-production work continued on two projects, most notably the one on John Lennon.

(6) Windsor, Berks – Another almighty catch-up with the legendary 60s/70s photographer, Mike Randolph.
- The new Lennon project continues to move along nicely towards being given the go-ahead.

(5) Cold Berkshire / London – A rather exciting new TV show idea was submitted to Channel 5 in London. "Fingers crossed."
- A discussion with director, Alan G. A meeting was arranged for this coming Thursday (the eighth).

(2) Cold Berkshire – Busy day of emails and phone calls, discussing various, highly exciting new projects and the update of… Marilyn.

(1) Still cold Berkshire – A most frustrating discussion with Royal Mail… the letter (send the third week of December) still has not arrived, same for a complaints form about it… "Disgusting!"

January 2018 - Freezing, Marilyn, Laurel & Hardy, the Rock Gods and new ideas,,,

(31) Freezing Berkshire –Archive research work on a new movie project, set in the early 1980s.

(27) UK – The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s McCartney / Pink Floyd 1967 piece crashed thru the letter boxes of subscribers across the country.

(22) Freezing Berkshire – Conclusion of the Laurel & Hardy text re-write.

- Marilyn (paperback edition) was seen at #3 in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(19) Marilyn still doing well… Many thanks to “Nova Ferguson” for her five-star “it was amazing” review on the Goodreads site.

(15/ 17/19) Freezing Berkshire – Three days proof-reading of a new, rather exciting Laurel & Hardy script.

(19) – Canada – Still hanging in there… A wonderful surprise when the softback edition of Keith’s Marilyn suddenly climbed to #3 in the “Most Wishes for in Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada.
- Not publicly announced, but it was revealed today, by those closely involved in the project that the secret, new Beatles-related movie has been put back by almost a year…

(18) Freezing Berkshire – Loads of film / TV projects discussed. One in particular, looks like starting at the end of February. Fingers crossed.

(15) USA – Sad death of Paul Goresh… the photographer who befriended his hero, John Lennon and took that infamous photo of Lennon with… RIP, Paul and thanks.

(10) Cold but Sunny Berkshire – Yet another film / TV project idea was typed-up and worked on…
- The results of the two-day, Rod Gods research was typed and sent over to QPL.
- The latest RC / RTB article was wrapped and sent. “All go here, even tho I’m suffering again with bronchitis.”

(9) Leafy Cold Berkshire – second day of Rock Gods research.
- Big news when it was revealed (to those concerned) that, with funding almost in place, the go-ahead on another of the ongoing, rather exciting projects was pretty much guaranteed. Filming of it is set to begin in March.
- Marilyn (kindle edition) suddenly returned to the #3 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.
- Another RC… this time the March 1967 Granada TV programme, So Far Out It’s Straight Down featuring (amongst others) Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney.

(8) Leafy Berkshire / UK – Colleagues of Keith’s returned to work and our Mr Badman began the year by researching a new project featuring The Rock Gods!

(5) Sunny Berkshire – Back on emails and the contacts list of Keith’s Linkedin account suddenly exceeded the 403 mark!
- Amazon Canada. The paperback version of Marilyn suddenly climbed to the #12 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.

(3) Berkshire – Keith’s lengthy, Christmas / New Year concluded with a catch-up with his old mate of over thirty years, Mike D.
- The afternoon was spent doing some preliminary research on a new Queen-related project.

(2) Berkshire – An almighty catch-up with a long time, friend, Daniel J...

(1) UK/ Europe – A cracking start to the year when BBC Four repeated the superb Queen rockumentary, Rock The World at 10pm this evening.