Waiting for the "Beatles": An Apple Scruff's Story Hardcover – 30 Apr 1984
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Just a fabulous book.
Seen the passers-by all stare
Like you have no place to go
But theres so much they don't know about Apple Scruffs." -- George Harrison, 1970
George's classic piece about the Apple Scruffs, the fans (the majority of them female) who waited for the Beatles to emerge from Apple Studios is very apropos and underscores this entire book. Beatle fans will undoubtedly love it; others will enjoy it for its purely historical perspective.
Bedford's claim that an American Beatles' Fan Club was conducting tours to the grave of Louise Harrison, Beatle matriarch whose son George would later pen the lyrics to "Apple Scruffs" was rebutted by Pat Kinzer Mancuso in her book, "Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Story of the Official George Harrison Fan Club." According to Bedford, these alleged tours were naturally upsetting to the Harrison family and the privacy George cherished. Mancuso knew the Harrisons personally; when Louise passed away in 1970, Harold Sr. gave Mancuso his blessing when she raised money through her fan club to donate to the hospital in which Louise had been treated. She states that at no time did she ever direct anybody to the final resting place and at no time did she ever disclose any information about it. Be sure to read "Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Story of the Official George Harrison Fan Club" as a good companion book to this one.
Still, this book is a fascinating look at Beatle history; no doubt George Harrison himself had a big smile on his face as he watched the Apple Scruffs awaiting his (and the other Beatles') appearances. George most likely had a big smile on his face when he penned these lyrics:
"Apple scruffs, Apple Scruffs
How I love you, how I love you
In the fog and in the rain
Through the pleasures and the pain
On the step outside you stand
With your flowers in your hand, my Apple Scruffs." -- George Harrison, 1970
Thanks to this wonderful book, more people will know about the Apple Scruffs. Oh, and you'll want to listen to the song as well. It's on "All Things Must Pass."
What an engaging book! The photos are a delight, as are the copies of hand-written notes from George Harrison to various Apple Scruffs. If you're a George Harrison fan, this book will really give you great insight into the man, but any Beatles fan will almost certainly enjoy this unique perspective on the Fabs.
The book is descriptive, I almost felt like I was there, and in many ways, I wish I had been, especially now that I've read this story.
Note that there is some controversy about this book. Apparently, some of the author's claims are disputed, and her version of events has been called to question in some cases. Still, the book is a brilliant memoir of the fascinating phenomenon of Beatlemania at its most obsessive, and well worth reading.