I enjoyed my conversation with Beatles historian Larry Kane last month on America Weekend so much that I invited him to join me on KTRS today to tell more stories from his new book, “When They Were Boys,” which covers the band in the years before they came to America.

Larry told me (and co-host Claire Kellett) about:

  • how they got to Hamburg and how dark their lives were while playing there;
  • the night in 1960 when it all came together and the crowd rushed the stage for the first time;
  • the time John Lennon almost beat a guy to death;
  • why a book written by their press agent, Derek Taylor, is worth about $6,000;
  • why Larry initially didn’t want to cover their first US tour in 1964, but was glad he did.

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Previously on Harris Online…