Isabella lent me her copy of Larry Kane's book, Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 and 1965 Tours that Changed the World (2003.) Kane was a little older than the typical Beatles fan and considered himself a serious news man, so when he was invited to accompany the Beatles on their first US tour in 1964 he went along somewhat reluctantly.
For the first 24 hours he was reluctant. After that he fell in love with the Beatles like almost everyone else in America and proceeded to have the time of his life. He was there for all the record-breaking concerts, he interviewed the fab four every day. He got to know them well, as only somebody who spent 16 and 18 hours a day with them could do. He learned who was afraid of flying (George), who had the sunniest disposition (Ringo), and who had an eye for the girls (George, Paul, Ringo, and John. Also Larry Kane.)
In 1964 I was too busy studying and working and planning and struggling to understand the Beatles phenomenon. Having no TV, radio, or record player kept me somewhat isolated from the excitement. But I did see them in their famous Ed Sullivan performance and who could resist?
We are all Beatles fans now and so the book kept my interest although after a while the concerts and their serious and sometimes dangerous security problems began to sound much alike. The book has a CD with it on which are many of Kane's interviews with the Beatles and that was fun to listen to.
This isn't the greatest book about rock music in the 1960s, but it's fun and has a lot of charm. Kane is still in the news business; he's now a host on a Philadelphia TV station.