My Ticket to Ride

How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in Cleveland (A True Story from 1964)

Janice Mitchell


A true-adventure coming-of-age tale set in the exhilarating first wave of Beatlemania. In 1964, 16-year-old Janice escapes an unhappy home in Cleveland by running away to London to meet the Beatles—and unwittingly becomes international news. In this memoir, she looks back at those heady days—and an era when young women exercising some control in their lives threatened adult society.

Softcover / 284 pages / 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN: 9781598511161


It’s 1964, and 16-year-old Janice is struggling in an unhappy home in Cleveland when she falls suddenly, deeply in love … with the Beatles. They and their music stir in her an ecstatic new sense of freedom. With a friend, she hatches a bold plan to escape their dreary lives and run away to London to meet the Fab Four.

On their own for the first time—in “Beatleland”—they explore a new city, a new culture, and a new life, visiting the hippest clubs of Soho, meeting some nice English boys, hitchhiking to Liverpool …

But unbeknownst to them, the runaways have become international news—and a hunt is on.

In this memoir, she looks back with fresh insight on the heady early days of Beatlemania and an era in America when young women exercising some control over their lives presented a serious threat to adult society.

About the Author

Janice Mitchell is a retired federal investigator, a private investigator, an adjunct professor, and a lifelong Beatles fan. She worked high-profile capital, criminal, and civil cases in New York City and international investigations for Rolex, Gucci, Warner Bros., Levi Strauss, and other trademarks. She now lives in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional information

Weight.8125 lbs
Dimensions5.5 × 8.5 × .76 in

Softcover, Softcover (Autographed)