A retrospective of Linda McCartney''s life and
In 1966, during a brief stint as a receptionist for Town and
Country magazine, Linda Eastman snagged a
press pass to a very exclusive promotional event for the
Rolling Stones aboard a yacht on the Hudson River;
her fresh, candid photographs of the band were far superior to the
formal shots made by the band's official photographer, and she was
instantly on the way to making a name for herself as a top rock 'n'
roll photographer. On May 11, 1968, when her portrait of
Eric Clapton was featured on the cover of
Rolling Stone, she entered the record books as the first
woman to have that honor. During her tenure as the leading
photographer of the late 1960s' musical scene, she captured many of
rock's most important musicians on film, including Aretha
Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon &
Garfunkel, The Who, The Doors, and the Grateful
Dead. In 1967, Linda went to London to document the
"Swinging Sixties," where she met Paul McCartney at the Bag 'o
Nails club and subsequently photographed the
Beatles during a launch event for the Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Paul and Linda fell in
love, and were married on March 12, 1969. For the next three
decades, until her untimely death, she devoted herself to her
family, vegetarianism, animal rights, and photography.
From her early rock 'n' roll portraits, through the final years of
the Beatles, via touring with Wings to raising four children with
Paul, Linda captured her whole world on film. Her shots range from
spontaneous family pictures to studio sessions with Stevie
Wonder and Michael Jackson, as well as
artists Willem de Kooning and Gilbert and
George. Always unassuming and fresh, her work displays a
warmth and feeling for the precise moment that captures the essence
of any subject. Whether photographing her children, celebrities,
animals, or a fleeting moment of everyday life, she did so without
pretension or artifice.
This retrospective volume-selected from her archive of
over 200,000 images-is produced in close collaboration with Paul
McCartney and their children. As such, it is a moving
personal journal and a lasting testament to Linda's talent.
Additional to our limited and art editions, this book is
also available as unlimited trade edition.