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Linda McCartney
Fields, Danny.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Renaissance Books ; [New York] : Distributed by St. Martin's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML410.M115 F54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Featuring never-before-published interviews with Linda and Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney: A Portrait is an insider's look at one of rock music's most enduring marriages. It is an intimate portrait of Linda herself and her over-thirty-year friendship with Danny Fields.

Author Notes

Linda McCartney took photographs for more than 30 years. Her work has been exhibited at the ICP, New York; The Royal Photographic Society, Bath; The U.K.'s National Museum of Photography, Bradford; & The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Her previous books include Linda McCartney's Sixties, Roadworks, & Wide Open, as well as several cookbooks.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

"I wish I didn't have to write this book" is the first sentence of Fields' "portrait" of the late photographer-singer wife of Paul McCartney. Fields means that he wishes she were still alive and no fit subject for such a book. It doesn't take much reading of it to join him in his wish. Oh, he cautions that he knows the book isn't "an ultimate `biography'." But he doesn't warn us that it reflects him and his inadequacies as a writer far more than it does Linda McCartney. Not having gathered evidence like a real biographer, or reporter, for that matter, Fields relies on taped and previously published testimony to back up his own memories as an authentic enough friend of Linda's--he met her in 1966 in New York when both were assigned to dog the Rolling Stones on their first performance tour. Whenever his memories let him down, he pads his prose with sentimental gushing about the '60s and the glamorous world of rock 'n' roll. Ever name-dropping and fatuous, he yet exhibits endearing loyalty to Linda, defending her against all attackers and slighters and puffing up her photographic and musical accomplishments. But, finally, this is an ignorant, gauche, and embarrassing book, a sort of grossly overwritten fan-magazine sob story. Don't underestimate, however, the readership for such stuff. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.