Graham Sclater, the author of this book spent much of the sixties living and working as a musician in Hamburg, Germany.
Ticket to Ride is an account of some of the events that numerous English groups experienced and wished to forget.
It is dedicated to many of the many musicians that failed to survive the trauma and return to England.
During the sixties, at the peak of the English group scene in Germany, dozens of groups made the short journey across the English Channel to northern Europe in search of fame and fortune.
This novel follows the exploits of a naive under aged five-piece group from the south west of England as they made their futile search for success for success in Germany. Although they set out to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles, they soon fell deep into the world that their contemporaries were fortunate enough to escape.
Based predominantly on the Reeperbahn, the red light district of Hamburg, the group was soon dragged down, their lives affected forever by the everyday world of prostitution, sex, drugs, and violence, resulting in a total breakdown of the values they once believed in.
Realising too late, that they had no way out, the story charts their desperation and untimely failure.
"Given the opportunity I would do it all over again" Reg Simms 1967
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