Linda McCartney: A Portrait

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St Martins Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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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 FieldsWhen 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 illnessLinda 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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Fields has been a presence on the pop-culture scene since 1966. A native New Yorker, he has been a (visibly quotable) rock insider as a journalist, photographer, manager and producer of syndicated radio shows.

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