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Old Nov 02, 2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Thumbs up My Review of Larry Kane's 'Ticket To Ride'

The only American journalist to travel with The Beatles entourage on both the 1964 and 1965 North American tours. no speculation here, just honest journalism and first hand accounts. READ THIS BOOK. Five Stars, a light read, and some real facts.

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I do intend to follow up with Larry personally, and persue an interview.
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Old Nov 03, 2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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This looks like a great read and I'm really interested in getting a copy. It's going on my Christmas wish list... I hope Santa's watching!!! :)
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 04:56 AM   #3
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This looks like a great read and I'm really interested in getting a copy. It's going on my Christmas wish list... I hope Santa's watching!!! :)
It really is a worthwhile read. Can't beat honest first-hand accounts.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 07:16 AM   #4
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I liked this book. Sometimes a bit overly, but you have to expect that from first-person accounts.

p.s. This is my 300th post. Yay.
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I agree, it was a very good book. And a good read, meaning I just wanted to keep reading it without stopping. Learned a few interesting factoids too
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 06:01 AM   #6
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I agree, it was a very good book. And a good read, meaning I just wanted to keep reading it without stopping. Learned a few interesting factoids too
Yes, it was one of those books you just didn't want to end.
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I read and reviewed it on Amazon.com I think it is an EXCELLENT book and I had the pleasure of hearing Larry Kane speak at the 2003 Fest in Chicago. He even autographed my book.

I saw Lou's co-author of "Before He Was Fab" at that same fest. Darn shame Lou wasn't there.

Larry Kane said John was his favorite Beatle and as a news reporter, he got to travel with the boys!
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I just started rereading this book yesterday and I think I'm already halfway through... it's soo easy to read and the numerous anecdotes are really cute/funny. You get a good sense of the Beatles individual personalities too.
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 02:32 PM   #9
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I just started rereading this book yesterday and I think I'm already halfway through... it's soo easy to read and the numerous anecdotes are really cute/funny. You get a good sense of the Beatles individual personalities too.
Glad you liked it.
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I checked this one out from the library last year. It's a fun read, and a good account of the whole Beatles thing in the U.S. Also liked the later story about him bringing John in to do the weather one day at the TV station he was working at in the 70s.

All in all, a good book, and it's not sleazy or scandalous, though there are the occasional groupie references or whatever. It's an honest recount of the touring days, and doesn't come across as parasitic (like Peter Brown's book). Highly recommended.



Plus, it came with a bonus interview CD.
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 01:06 PM   #11
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I have read this book and it is great. There is another book also called, "Ticket To Ride" by Barry Tashian (Dowling Press). He was the lead singer in the group, "The Remains" an opening act on The Beatles' 1966 U.S. tour. He wrote about that tour in a city by city account, the same as Larry Kane did for the 1964 & 1965 U.S. tours. I recommend getting both books for the complete U.S. Beatles concert stories. This way you'll have all 3 U.S. Beatles' concert tours covered in 2 books.


Another great book about The Beatles U.S. concerts is, "The Beatles In Cleveland" by Dave Schwensen (North Shore Publishing).

I love reading about and listening to The Beatles' concerts. Those old concert recordings and stories really hold a lot of the "Beatlemania" / excitement & I just love it.

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Don't forget Ed Rudy.... he was with them before Larry!
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Another great book about The Beatles U.S. concerts is, "The Beatles In Cleveland" by Dave Schwensen (North Shore Publishing).

I love reading about and listening to The Beatles' concerts. Those old concert recordings and stories really hold a lot of the "Beatlemania" / excitement & I just love it.

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'Beatles In Cleveland' is a phenomenal book.
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another Beatle book to get to add to the ever growing collection
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I've just finished reading about 15 Beatles books in the past year and most of them are very good, but I found this one to be pretty weak. I'm surprised so many here like Kane's book as all the reviews I've read prior agreed with me...He repeated himself too much and seemed to be a poor writer and full of himself. It's not a bad book, but he repeated himself so often I couldn't bother finishing it.
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I've just finished reading about 15 Beatles books in the past year and most of them are very good, but I found this one to be pretty weak. I'm surprised so many here like Kane's book as all the reviews I've read prior agreed with me...He repeated himself too much and seemed to be a poor writer and full of himself. It's not a bad book, but he repeated himself so often I couldn't bother finishing it.
I totally agree and also have been on a Beatles reading frenzy this year. All the bios, all the others I can get my hands on and just read the great big book from the anthology this weekend. And this book being talked about here was about my least favorite. The writer came off like a prude to me and always made a point to say "of course I would never do this or that" and also just seemed to make too much of himself in the story...it is hard for authors to do otherwise, but it is still tedious.
I also just read "Fab" about Paul and did like it...it had a lot of the same stuff from "Many Years from Now" but also Paul's warts...
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