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roll sensations.
While America was bestowing
an avalanche of adoration upon
them, Kane's tapes reveal that the
Beatles he came to know main-
tained a naturalness and genuine
character of ordinary people.
The unbiased underside of
Ticket to Ride marks the first
time, too, that an eyewitness has
gone on record, exposing the
group's behind-the-scenes lifestyle
on the road, including sexual
encounters, drinking, smoking
marijuana with Bob Dylan and
having an embarrassing reaction to
a pre-release screening of their first
film, A Hard Day's Night.
From Kane's point of view, his
only uncomfortable flap occurred
on a flight from Las Vegas to
Seattle, when, distinctly and clearly,
he overheard the word `like com-
ing from where the Beatles and their
tour managers were seated. Fuming
from the offending smear, Kane
opened the door to their compartment
and protested.
"I'm Jewish, and I won't stand for
that crap," he declared. "I mean, who-
ever said it, can't you think before you
talk?"
Derek Taylor, the band's press secre-
tary, tried to smooth over the incident,
accepting responsibility and offering a
personal apology. Kane still believes
that Taylor was hiding someone else's
guilt and said he felt compelled to
write about the confrontation for per-
sonal reasons.
"I thought it was important, and I
think it's interesting that very few peo-
ple have asked me about it," Kane
noted. "I think it was an indication of
where they came from. But all I know
is that I bolted up out of my seat, went
back and gave 'em hell. I didn't really
care.
"It reminded me that I had a Star of
David ripped Off my neck in junior
high school by a teacher who said that
religious symbols were not to be worn
in the school, while other kids were
wearing crosses. My feelings about
being a Jew were emblazoned very
early. Even now, I really don't think
anti-Semitic attitudes toward Jews have
changed that much."
Kane, who had been born Larry
Kanowitz in Brooklyn and attended an
Orthodox shul, said he was very aware
that Beatles manager Brian Epstein
identified as a Jew and came from a
background of tremendous, post-war
anti-Semitism in Liverpool.

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What he didn't suspect was that
Epstein, who struggled with being a
homosexual, had developed a crush on
him and, during the 1965 tour, sur-
prisingly sprung an amorous overture.
Kane politely declined and nonchalant-
ly shrugs off the episode today, con-
cluding that it "was just awkward and
it happened."
Of all the Beatles, Kane maintained
closest ties to John Lennon. In 1975,
Lennon teamed with Kane for a
fundraiser that would benefit multiple
sclerosis research. (Kane's mother,
Mildred, died from MS in 1964.) Kane
went on the air "deeply saddened and
disgusted" the night Lennon was shot
and killed.
"I think that John Lennon still has a
tremendous influence on the thinking
of young people, but I think, if he had
lived, or could look back at himself as
an icon for everything, he would laugh
harder than anybody," Kane mused. "I
truly believe that he never envisioned
his life to be the way it turned out to
be."
Since the publication of Ticket to
Ride last fall, Kane said that he has
received no feedback about the book
from surviving Beatles McCartney or
Starr. Nor have George Harrison's
widow, Yoko Ono or Apple Records
attempted to contact him.
"To be very honest, it doesn't really
matter to me," he said. The Beatles
were a bright spot in a pretty awful
decade, and they not only affected the
world in a very positive way, they really
made us think about ourselves. I'm
happy they did." P

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