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About the Author Larry Kane
Larry Kane, known as the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors, has been one of the market’s most respected broadcast journalists for more than 40 years, and has recently marked his 45th anniversary in broadcasting. Kane, current host of the Voice of Reason on CN 8, the Comcast Network ( 9:30 P.M Sunday nights) has had an active roster of professional pursuits since he left daily anchoring in 2003. Kane, who is the only anchor to work at all three network owned stations in the Philadelphia region, is a special contributor with commentary and analysis for KYW Newsradio, an occasional writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and serves as a broadcast consultant for Comcast CN 8, in addition to authoring three books in the last six years.
www.larryKane.com WHEN THEY WERE BOYS – THE TRUE STORY OF The Beatles RISE TO THE TOP Almost unbelievable, but true – a 7 year march from the fantasy of teenage hope to a success, mocked by the elites, cheered by millions, and embellished for fifty iconic years. Now, through the eyes and minds of people who were there, many of them left behind and forgotten in the fog of success, Larry Kane tells the graphic story of the rise from obscurity of The Beatles. Kane, the only American reporter to travel in The Beatles official party to every stop on the 1964 and 1965 tours of America, digs deep to bring the story to life. Kane, author of Ticket to Ride, and New York Times Best Seller Lennon Revealed, both published by Running Press, describes it as “surprising, sometimes shocking story of the human spirit.” The story has a recurring theme – the intersection of fate and destiny, the reality that the “boys” walked a thin line between emotional success and dismal failure. Inside the story: A rigged magazine poll puts The Beatles #1 in Liverpool. John Lennon’s robbery. The deportation of McCartney, Pete Best and George Harrison from Germany, almost causing the group to break apart. Lennon’s savage beating of two friends. The play-by-play of John’s historic first meeting with Paul, with eyewitness testimony by John’s sister, and the original members of John’s band, ,the Quarrymen, The three reporters who quietly engineered The Beatles early legend. The sacking of Pete Best, the inside story from Best’s stabbing at a concert in Manchester to the manipulation to fire the most popular Beatle of the early days. The mind of Brian Epstein in a chapter called “Silky Soft Whispers in the Dark.” The heartbreaking story of Rory Storm, arguably the “Elvis” of Great Britain, a man of inspiration for The Beatles, whose own quest for greatness ended in a double tragedy. John Lennon’s escape from a crowd of angry men, angered that the twisting and shouting Lennon was turning on their women, a closer look at the sex appeal and rawness that Kane says, “ really made The Beatles the very first punk rock act in the world. The agony of The Beatles Decca audition, and the ecstasy of the Parlophone success, arranged by a chance meeting in an obscure studio. The influence of the Fabulous Foursome, one bouncer, two artists and a photographer. Their impact was incredible. The despair and depression following the shame of Hamburg, and the obscure concert in a town hall that brought the boys back ,although barely. The fast rise of Ringo Starr, and his battles with sickness, and more. Paul McCartney’s amazing act of giving that broke racial barriers. Through it all, so much help from the unsung heroes and heroines: The “secret agent” girls, the deejay who gave them the keys, the father who helped propel Paul McCartney to greatness, the mother and aunt who shaped the life of John Lennon, the boxer and bouncer who saved the boys from beatings and worse, the bus driver who sparked George Harrison’s drive, and Freda The Believer, the teenage spark who held her crushes in while keeping the fans happy. And the bittersweet love story of Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchher, ending in the unthinkable. And then, the miraculous boys of the road, Neil, Mal and Tony. One’s life ended in a hail of gunfire, the other two forging a lifelong link that remains in the current day. The book has several underlying themes: The determination of the boys to make it at any cost; the magic and danger of the Lennon-McCartney relationship, the breakout year of 1963, The Beatles closing of the door to the past, and the origins of the songwriting genius of John and Paul, along with the unnoticed and ignored creative juices of George Harrison. The book is written with a grasp of what life was like in Liverpool in the fifties and early sixties. Kane’s cavalcade of interviews ranges from family members, close friends, star musicians of the era, and quotes from the stars- The Beatles. And for the first time, Kane reveals the secret strategy of “staging”, imagery and press manipulation that scored extraordinary success for The Beatles in 1963!
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