Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour That Changed the World

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(Book). In 1964-1965, Larry Kane was the only American reporter, broadcast or newspaper, to travel with the Fab Four on every stop of their North American tour. In Ticket to Ride , Kane tells the story of what it was like to literally live with the four young men who would leave an indelible mark on contemporary music. Weaving in the voices of the Beatles themselves and covering the electrifying action of the road-the performances, the mischief, and all the players who cropped up along the way during those key years that catapulted the Beatles to ...

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Overview

(Book). In 1964-1965, Larry Kane was the only American reporter, broadcast or newspaper, to travel with the Fab Four on every stop of their North American tour. In Ticket to Ride , Kane tells the story of what it was like to literally live with the four young men who would leave an indelible mark on contemporary music. Weaving in the voices of the Beatles themselves and covering the electrifying action of the road-the performances, the mischief, and all the players who cropped up along the way during those key years that catapulted the Beatles to major success Ticket to Ride is unlike any other book on the Beatles. The story is told from the perspective of a seasoned journalist, who at the time of the tour was just coming into his own in a nation that was bracing for the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and a radical shift in rock-and-roll music. Twenty-one and eager to cover "big news," Kane unknowingly was in the process of covering one of the biggest music events in history. Ticket to Ride is an inside account of these exciting years during the career of the band that redefined rock and roll. A must-have for Beatles fans, this paperback edition includes a foreword by the legendary Dick Clark, a CD of bonus interview material, rare photographs, and an appendix detailing tour schedules.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Kirkus Reviews
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: 9781480393042
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Edition description: Paperback with CD
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 481,685
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Kane is the “dean of Philadelphia television news anchors,” having had a 45-year career covering domestic and world events. He previously wrote an account of his tour experiences with the Beatles in his book Ticket to Ride. Kane lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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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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