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Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era

Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era

by Linda McCartney (Photographer), Paul McCartney

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'Thrilling, sweetly intimate pictures of. . . friends and heroes from that flowerbright, disorderly, uncompromising era.' ---New York Times Book Review


'Thrilling, sweetly intimate pictures of. . . friends and heroes from that flowerbright, disorderly, uncompromising era.' ---New York Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Glee at the destruction of convention and morality pervade these intense photographs of the '60s by Beatle spouse McCartney. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Independent of her status as Mrs. Paul McCartney and former keyboard player/backup vocalist with the post-Beatles group Wings, McCartney has cultivated a successful photographic career. She is an intimate of the rock luminaries documented in this coffee-table album of 221 duotone and 32 color photographs, most of which were previously unpublished. A devotee of natural light and the spontaneous moment, the sum of McCartney's photographs--unlike the highly stylized and technically manipulated rock portraits of Annie Leibovitz--reflect a relaxed and unforced quality. Portraits include a 19-year-old Jackson Browne mugging, a stunning Jimi Hendrix in performance, Bob Dylan scratching his ear, Frank Zappa holding his baby daughter Moon Unit, and Janis Joplin hoisting a bottle of Southern Comfort. The photographs constitute a lush and lovely family album. More often than not, however, the author's accompanying text has the distracting presence of a boring slide show. This is a luxury acquisition for big budgets. The unsurpassed meat and potatoes picture book is still Michael Ochs's Rock Archives ( LJ 12/84).-- Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
Benjamin Segedin
Before she was a tambourinist, McCartney was a photographer. Less an innovator than an alert observer, she placed herself in the inner circles of the 1960s rock scene, enabling intimacy with just about all of its big names. What's immediately apparent in her work is an ability to capture the character of her subjects by peeling away their glossy layers of public veneer. Hers are not staged promo shots for record jackets or magazine spreads (although her photos did appear in the first issue of "Rolling Stone" and have graced the pages of "Mademoiselle", among other magazines) but casual snap shots featuring less self-conscious poses: Dylan picking his ear, Joplin drinking, Hendrix yawning, Brian Wilson yawning, Mama Cass eating, the Grateful Dead clowning. McCartney shunned flash bulbs, choosing instead to use natural lighting and very fast film, mostly black-and-white, creating an ambience both laid-back and personal. Perhaps McCartney's photos are most impressive for capturing the incredible youth and vitality of the era, but also striking is the fact that so many of these artists--Brian Jones, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Otis Redding, John Lennon, Tim Buckley, Joplin, Hendrix, Mama Cass--are dead. She caps the book with many shots of Liverpool's most famous sons, circa "Abbey Road", that include some nice pictures of John Lennon and, of course, Paul McCartney.

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Little, Brown and Company
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