Linda McCartney: A Portrait

Linda McCartney: A Portrait

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by Danny Fields, Allan Smithee
     
 

In August 1968, Linda received a phone call from Paul inviting her to stay with him in London. Linda and I had dinner on Sunset Boulevard. She looked down at the table and then right into my eyes. "Do you think he says that to lots of girls, what if he isn't serious?" I told her, "You love him. What can you lose? Just go." It was one of my finer… See more details below

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In August 1968, Linda received a phone call from Paul inviting her to stay with him in London. Linda and I had dinner on Sunset Boulevard. She looked down at the table and then right into my eyes. "Do you think he says that to lots of girls, what if he isn't serious?" I told her, "You love him. What can you lose? Just go." It was one of my finer lectures.-Danny Fields

When Danny Fields first met Linda Eastman in 1966 they were both part of the struggling and largely ignored rock music press. She was an aspiring photographer, raised in a wealthy New York family, on assignment to shoot the notorious Rolling Stones. On the strength of those stunning photos Linda's career as a photographer exploded overnight. For almost three years she was a major figure on the New York rock scene. Though a devoted single mother, she hung out with members of Warhol's factory and photographed superstars like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Winwood, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. But when Paul McCartney of the Beatles, one of the world's most eligible bachelors, invited her to live with him in London, she gave up her career and joined him.

For over thirty years, until her tragic death from cancer in 1998, Linda McCartney was one of Danny Field's closest friends-a confidant in art, love, career, and men. Like virtually everyone she came in contact with, Fields was won over by this completely natural woman, a person of style and substance in a milieu where artifice was the order of the day.

Fields relives those glory days in mesmerizing detail. This is the book for anyone who thinks they've read everything about the most exciting period in popculture history. Find out more about: * Linda's unschooled, but innate, talent with a camera and her revealing, landmark photos of late '60s rock royalty, which launched her reputation as a celebrated and respected photojournalist
* the enormous hostility directed at Linda by the public and the media after her marriage to Paul McCartney became front-page news around the globe
* her thirty-year relationship with Paul, an inspiring tale of true love and undying devotion
* her later careers as a musician, artist, activist, and businesswoman
* her courage in the face of mortal illness

Linda McCartney: A Portrait is a fascinating personal document about an epic time and a simple woman whose grace and integrity gave strength to everyone she touched. From her turbulent life in the '60s to her struggle for self-identity to her devotion to family, Danny Fields is able to put you inside Linda's story because he was a part of it.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Fields, a noted rock manager and journalist, offers chatty reminiscences about his late friend Linda McCartney. The story begins with her childhood in a New York, upper-middle-class family headed by entertainment lawyer Lee Eastman. Then Fields breezes through his first meeting with Linda in 1966, her work as a rock photographer, and her various brushes with such icons as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Tim Buckley. The extended courtship and marriage of Linda and Beatle Paul McCartney, Linda's effect on the Beatles, her brief stardom as a member of Wings, and her subsequent post-rock life with Paul until her untimely death in 1998 are also covered. Although Fields treats Linda as her own person--not just a wife of a Beatle--this book will mainly appeal to diehard Beatlemaniacs. However readable, engaging, and heartfelt, Fields's biography degenerates into a series of personalized vignettes that contributes little to the understanding of rock music in the 1960s or the Beatles themselves. A marginal purchase.--Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9781841972503
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
Unabridged

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