Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Inside the Beatles’ 1964 Tour That Changed the World

by Larry Kane | foreword by Dick Clark


In 1964 and 1965, Larry Kane was the only American reporter, broadcast or print, to travel with the Fab Four on every stop of their North American tour.

Originally published in 2003, Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles’ 1964 Tour That Changes the World (October 2014, Backbeat Books, $24.99) is 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. Just 21 years old 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 Backbeat Books paperback edition includes a foreword by the legendary Dick Clark, a CD of bonus interview material, rare photographs, and an appendix detailing tour schedules.

 October 28, 2014
Paperback w/CD
6″ x 9″
272 pages
Two 8-page B&W photo inserts

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation


Larry Kane is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected TV journalists. Kane is the author of the book When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles’ Rise to the Top, and his successful media career, including his many years as a staple of Philadelphia broadcasting, spans nearly 50 years. He lives in Philadelphia.


“With perfect pitch and tone, Kane reads like the steadfast news anchor he is now. The enticing and intimate stories that Kane provides are the real star, offering lifelong fans a slightly different view of their heroes” – Publishers Weekly




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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