Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatle's 1964 and 1965 Tours that changed the world. The original book by Larry Kane, the only book of its kind in the world, is now being offered by the online store. Ticket to Ride recounts broadcast journalist Larry Kane's … see full wiki
While I certainly would not classify myself as a Beatles fanatic, I, like millions of other teenagers who grew up in the 1960's certainly loved their music. It was such a fresh sound and there was just so much energy in the music. As the only American reporter to travel with the group both on the '64 and '65 American tours, Larry Kane was in a unique position to report the inside story of what was really happening on those tours. As other reviewers have observed, it's really too bad he didn't write "Ticket To Ride: Inside The Beatles 1964 Tour That Changed The World" 25 years ago.
Memories fade as time passes and I found myself questioning some of his facts as I read the book. Other reviewers have criticized Kane's writing style. I would disagree. This was never intended to be a work of literature. Taken for what it is this is a fun read. I really never knew the particulars of those tours. I had no idea how extensive they were and what cities were on the itinerary. It is certainly much clearer to me now some forty years later why The Beatles stopped touring after 1966. There were so many obstacles to overcome and it had become such a grind. I also enjoyed Larry's one-on-one conversations with each of The Beatles. These were quite revealing to me. I suspect that casual Beatles fans like myself will enjoy this book more than the die hard fans. For those folks "Ticket To Ride: Inside The Beatles 1964 Tour That Changed The World"probably breaks little new ground. I usually read books about far more serious subjects. For me, this was a pleasant diversion and a book I really enjoyed. Recommended.
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