Synopses & Reviews
This is the story of the Beatles harrowing rise to fame: focusing on that seven-year stretch from the time the boys met as teenagers to early 1964, when the Fab Four made their momentous first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
. From the boys humble beginnings in Liverpool, to the cellars of Hamburg, When They Were Boys
includes stories never before told, including the heartbreaks and the lucky breaks.
Included are an eyewitness account of that first meeting between Lennon and McCartney, the inside story of how Ringo replaced Pete Best, an exploration of the brilliant but troubled soul of manager Brian Epstein, and the real scoop on their disastrous first visit to Germany and the death of Stu Sutcliffe. With an eye for life in Liverpool during the 50s and 60s and over 65 eyewitness accounts from those closest to the Beatles, Larry Kane brings to life the evolution of the group that changed music forever.
Those of us who can remember the hard work, and the antics, of theBeatles in the early years will likely approach this account (by a journalist who went on tour with them in 1964 and 1966) with smugnesstinged with envy. After all, journalists have written books about the Beatles as managers, side musicians, and people contracted withwalking their dogs (hence the smugness) and as for envy, many of us would have given our firstborn (or, by now, our first grandborn) tohave had the original experience. However, Kane was a sincere newsman, and his experiences were unique. He could share some of theusual drunken brawls of the early days, but the later psychedelic forays had yet to appear. So it was a productive and ratherrestricted set of behaviors Kane was able to share with the Fab Four, and the beginning of a transition from some lads having a larkto serious musicians who had some things to say. Kane's account is a detailed description of the beginning of their transitions fromworking-class heroes to the beginnings of their ascensions into legends.Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"[O]ne of the pleasures of this book is its brightness, written not just for the converted, but for anyone who has even a vague interest in this slice of history. A shimmering, occasionally breathless report that should fill in many of the cracks in readers knowledge of pop-music history." Kirkus Reviews
Never before told stories of the Beatles seven-year rise from teenage dreamers to icons, both the heartbreaks and lucky breaks.
About the Author
Larry Kane is the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors,” with a 45-year career covering domestic and world events. He was the only American reporter to travel with the Beatles on every stop of their 1964 and 1965 tours of America, an experience which he recounted in his bestselling book Ticket to Ride. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Lennon Revealed. He lives in Philadelphia.