"I've hosted a Beatles radio show in Boston and New England for close to 30 years. "My Ticket To Ride" is one of my top 5 Beatles books of all the Beatle books that have crossed my desk over the years. This book should be a movie, it has it all."
New England's Breakfast With The Beatles
A true-adventure coming-of-age tale set in the exhilarating first wave of Beatlemania. In 1964, 16-year-old Janice left her unhappy home in Cleveland and ran away to London to meet the Beatles—and unwittingly became international news.
"Since that blow up about the Cleveland Heights girls, we’ve been playing it rather cool, you know, at all times."
— Mick Jagger
November 8, 1964
In 1964, with a stroke of the mayor’s pen, Cleveland forbade the Beatles from holding anyone’s hand and dampened the fire of the Rolling Stones: Cleveland banned rock and roll.
And it was all my fault.
When I was seven, my parents abandoned me, and I was taken in by my great aunt and kind great uncle. When I was sixteen, my uncle, the light of my life, died. I felt lost and lonely, and wanted nothing more than to feel happy and loved. The first time I heard the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” I knew the Beatles were the answer to my longing.
My best friend and I formed a secret plan to escape to London, and the day after the Beatles’ infamous concert at Cleveland’s Public Hall, we flew out on TWA. My fervor for the Beatles was so strong that I even passed up an invitation from Bill Wyman to go on tour with him and the Rolling Stones.
After twenty-three days, the police found us, and we learned that Scotland Yard—and the Beatles—had been searching for us. The American Consul put us on display at a press conference, then whisked us back to the airport and sent us home to face the music.
Fifty years later, I realized it was time to tell my story and provide a missing piece of rock and roll history.