Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 and 1965 Tours That Changed the World


An insider's look at the world's first major rock-and-roll tour, Ticket to Ride tells the Beatles? story like it's never been told before.
• Includes a CD featuring an hour of Kane's rare interviews with the Beatles
• Features a foreword by Dick Clark

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An insider's look at the world's first major rock-and-roll tour, Ticket to Ride tells the Beatles? story like it's never been told before.
• Includes a CD featuring an hour of Kane's rare interviews with the Beatles
• Features a foreword by Dick Clark

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Publishers Weekly
John Lennon once said that the Beatles on tour were as debauched as the ancient Romans in Fellini's Satyricon. Outside of a description of a "happy" Lennon urging his band mates to "take your pick" from a group of hookers provided by an Atlantic City concert promoter, this highly entertaining account by broadcast journalist Kane, who covered the tour at the time, is as discreet about the Fab Four's sexual adventures as they were, although Kane notes that "women came and went from the Beatles' floor in most hotels." But in all other respects, from fiery airplanes and rioting fans to encounters with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Jayne Mansfield (the latter two seem to spend "quality" time with Lennon), this is a fantastic insider's look at the cultural explosion that was Beatlemania. It helps that Kane was only 21 at the time (the same age as Paul McCartney); unlike "dull-witted" reporters whom the Beatles came to disdain, Kane quickly noted "their indisputable naturalness and, to varying degrees, the depth of their humanity and their lack of phoniness." In turn, the Beatles rewarded Kane with many in-depth interviews through the tour (60 minutes of which are included on an accompanying CD), which Kane skillfully uses throughout provide the Beatles' own insightful view of the ongoing craziness surrounding them, as they travel from one chaotic hotel and concert scene to another. This is the most detailed description yet of the Beatles' American tours, and one of the few books on the band written in the past decade that can be considered indispensable. (Sept.) Forecast: Original Beatles fans may now be in their 50s, but the band's continuing popularity among them and their children, shown by the success of recent greatest hits compilations, should ensure a strong audience for this highly enjoyable look at the Fab Four's adventures. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Radio newsman Kane may have been the only journalist to travel with the Beatles on all the stops of their 1964-65 tour, but this recounting offers little more than a chronology of screams and adulation. Kane was 21 and a Florida radio reporter when he got the break to join the first Beatles tour of America, which he understands to have been "the greatest tour in rock-and-roll history . . . an event of great musical and social magnitude." He writes that he approached the task with a degree of cynicism, as well as with anxiety and frustration, but he soon stands agog at the arena crowds--"rows and rows of hyperactivity"--and at the desperate acts fans would commit to get near the Fab Four: crawling through hotel air ducts, charging police officers, hoping one of the jellybeans they hurled at the musicians would hit home and thus achieve a form of contact. At times, Kane tries to put the Beatles within some sociological context--"a simmering youthful unrest and defiance against the establishment"--but mostly recounted here are the performers’ daring and absurd escapes from the concert hall, the sexual liaisons after the shows ("Getting women into the hotels required somebody with the power to do so. The Beatles couldn’t just wait around in the lobby for someone to show up!"), and Kane’s amazement that these were just four regular guys: "Their casual everyman’s view of life, coupled with their soulful music, endeared them to a whole generation." What could have made all this hum--Kane’s unhindered access for interviews--instead provides much of its most inane material. "Kane: Hi, Ringo, how are you? Ringo: All right, Larry. How are you? Kane: Pretty good. A lot of magazines and portraits ofyou depict you as being very sad. You’re not a sad person, are you?" Heartfelt, yet so threadbare of fresh material that it hardly merits even article-length treatment. (Photographs, 60-minute CD of interviews) First printing of 75,000; $50,000 ad/promo. Agent: Alfred Geller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143034261
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

 Larry Kane has been a broadcast journalist for more than forty-five years, thirty-eight of them as an anchorman in Philadelphia. He is an Emmy Award winner and well known for his 1964 and 1965 historic tours with the Beatles.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Acknowledgments vii
Prologue: If That Was Fab x
Part 1 1964
Chapter 1 A Ticket to Ride 3
Chapter 2 A Stranger in the Bedroom 11
Chapter 3 Seventy-two Hours of Madness 17
Chapter 4 Fishing for Trouble 27
Chapter 5 A Hollywood Fantasy 39
Chapter 6 Beatle Frights and Beatle Nights 49
Chapter 7 A Juicy Piece of the Apple 55
Chapter 8 Surf and Sex at the Jersey Shore 61
Chapter 9 Rockin' at the Birthplace of Freedom 69
Chapter 10 High-Speed Beatlemania 75
Chapter 11 Guns, Palm Trees, and a Rock-and-Roll Hurricane 85
Chapter 12 North to Boston: Does Anyone Have a Compass? 101
Chapter 13 Memories from the Fans 105
Chapter 14 Catfight in Cleveland, Wild Horses in New Orleans 109
Chapter 15 Word War in Kansas City, Fear in Dallas 115
Chapter 16 A Rolling Stone on the Beatles' Doorstep 123
Part 2 Life on Tour
Chapter 17 A Plane Life 129
Chapter 18 Flirtatious Mothers and Candy Kisses 135
Chapter 19 What Were They Really Like? 141
Chapter 20 The Late Show: Free Love and Free Parking 151
Chapter 21 The Beatles' Inner Circle 155
Part 3 1965
Chapter 22 Help! In the Bahamas 165
Chapter 23 The Beatles Have Landed! 171
Chapter 24 Mugs and Drugs in Maple Leaf Country 185
Chapter 25 A Few Hours of Heaven 189
Chapter 26 Mayhem and Music in Texas 195
Chapter 27 Air Wars and the Beatles' Radio Daze 201
Chapter 28 Engine on Fire: John! Don't Jump! 207
Chapter 29 Back to Hollywood: Famous Faces in the Bedroom 213
Chapter 30 "We Are the Beatles, That's What We Are" 225
Epilogue: Beyond the Tours 231
Appendix Complete 1964 and 1965 Tour Schedules 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Great beatlesrrr Great beatles book

    The title looks good im going to get it with my girt caard thai got for christmas last year.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    On the Road With the Fab Four

    Easy read....great stories....new information...... On the plane....in the limo....at the venues....at the hotels. Larry Cane lets you get the inside stories on tour with the Beatles on their tours of the US in 1965 & 1966....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    The Beatles get another Ticket to Ride

    The Beatles were a big hit in England, and when they came to America, they were even bigger. 'Beatle mania', as some call it, had started in the U.S... People would go crazy to just get a look at them. George, Paul, Ring, and John, hated all the news reporters around. During some of there first concerts, they didn¿t know what to expect. Thousands of kids, pushing, shoving, killing each other to get to them. This book from Larry Kames view show all that happened on, and back stage. Larry was the only American reporter to see the Beatles tour from his point of view. He gives descriptive detail of everything that goes on inside the hotel rooms, plane rides, and rides from hotel to concert. The Beatles being as big as they are, and being rock stars, do rock star things. The Beatles were heavily addictive to drugs. Bob Dylan first introduced the Beatles to marijuana in New York at there first concert. Larry gives heavy detail about what this did to them in Nassau while they were filming their first movie, 'Help'. When he arrived he describes what they act like and talk when there on drugs. Ticket to Ride is a very good book and describes what goes on in the live of a rock star. All the emotions of the Beatles, fans, and reporters are described excellent. Larry tells what the Beatles do after their rock star life and shows they love heat there doing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    whata surprise

    .after hearing the cd, the memories i had many years ago as i grew up came back clearly of that era.what a change over the horrors of todays world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    A fascinating read with 'Fly on the Wall' flashlight views

    Just when you think you¿ve heard the lion¿s share of personal encounters with the Beatles, here comes yet another intriguing and informing retrospective. True, hard core fans of the group have heard a number of these interviews before. But for those who maybe collected the eight LP Beatles interview set released by Cicadelic Records in the mid 1980¿s, here¿s a marvelous chance to learn the context for many of the interviews Larry Kane conducted with the Fab Four and their support team. I sat mesmerized, drinking in the ¿Fly on the Wall¿ sketches Larry shares in this 272 page book. It¿s nice to stitch together the familiar with a fresh view of circumstance. I learned a lot. The interview CD included with Ticket to Ride is a great romp through his material. One can read along in the book with some of these audio snippets. My appreciation for his approach has deepened now that I have a fuller understanding of where he was coming from and why he posed the questions he did. Hats off to a youthful 21 and 22 year old reporter to be so prescient in gathering rich material we can all mine some forty years after the fact. If you think you know everything about the Beatles, perhaps the breezy style of this work is not for you. However, if you really enjoy first person flashlight perspectives, like to get a sense of watching the groundbreaking tours unfold before your eyes, appreciate dynamic social context and/or LOVE the Beatles, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    Beatle boring

    I have been a Beatle fan since the first Ed Sulivan show. I have read almost all the books on them. This book is a stupendice BORE.I have been collecting books and any thing i can get my hands on. But this time my hands could not take much of this book. Larry Kane has written what we all have known for years. Anthology by The Beatles told it all. He is just rehashing thing we already know. I wish i could get my money back...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003


    This exuberant tale reads more like an adventure story than the factual record of the beatle's 1964 tour . It also serves as a sharply focused two way mirror for readers like me: The book offers a nostalgic, but crisp, retro-view of the people we were as the fab four was conquering America in 1964. It also provides a high buff insight into the enduring influences the Beatle's have had on us all, right up to today. I appreciate that this book is a journalist's diary .The author, reporter Larry Kane ,was there. There's no pop culture psycho-babble . There's no gossipy speculation.Just the real story, from front row seats at the concerts, to the cabin of the Electra that flew them cross-country, to behind closed doors at the post show parties. It's also a coming of age story for the members of group , who changed our music and (perhaps, unintentionally)led the sixties social revolution that caused all to choose sides or shut-up. In a parallel path, we see how the straight-laced, almost nerdish, 19 year old reporter covering them begins to find himself in the face of the beatle's decadent lifestyle. I had forgotten the obsessed, wacked out female fans, the overburdened cops who tried to keep them off the stage, and the parents who just wanted us to keep down the noise so they could hear their Patty Page records. The book traces the origins of the beatle's concern about the Viet Nam war and their burgeoning political activism. the final chapters bring us forward, closing the loop of time for the fab four and the author, who has had quite a career in television news. The book has everything we learned about in the sixties. SEX. DRUGS. ROCK AND ROLL.

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