Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles’ 1964 Tour that Changed the World by Larry Kane

In 1964 there were four visitors to the United States, and the music world would never be the same. Their names were Paul, John, George and Ringo, and they may well be the greatest rock group to ever inhabit this planet. Larry Kane, an American journalist out of Miami and station WFUN, was lucky enough to be part of the official press group, and this is his story of the Fab Four’s American adventure in 1964 and ’65.

Kane was a 21-year-old reporter when he was selected to become part of the official press group assigned to follow the Beatles as they performed across the country. Each stop became it’s own adventure, whether it was Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver,Detroit, Montreal,New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia or Hollywood. Kane was the same age as the group, and maybe this enabled him to get close to them. The tour was unreal, exciting, pulsating, and dangerous! Fans, mostly young women, attempted to do anything to break through security to get close to the group. One young woman broke through the ceiling tiles at a hotel and crashed near Kane. Some women swore that they were destined to marry Paul or John. The world had never seen anything like this, and maybe never would again. Security became a real problem because local authorities had no concept of the effect that the Beatles were having on the world.

This book is the delightful tale of a ‘brave’ reporter, and his tour and rapport with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Besides the Beatles you will meet Elvis ,Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, the Beach Boys and other stars of that era. Fifty years later, I still love the Beatles! And so does Larry Kane. A bonus CD allows you to listen to some of the interviews. For a while you will be transferred to another era, a more innocent time.

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