Cover image for Linda McCartney
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.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
ML410.M115 F54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



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

Who was Linda McCartney? Was she the woman who broke up the Beatles? The woman who forced herself into Paul McCartney's new band Wings? Was she a staunch animal rights activist? A mother and wife? A noted photographer? Fields, a close friend for more than 30 years, tries to tell Linda's story using interviews with those who interacted with her during her life as well as providing tales about his experiences with her. Starting with her early days as a rock star photographer, he talks about her time in New York, raising a child alone with no support from her parents. Through Fields's words, listeners will be able to learn more about Linda as a person and why people stopped hating her and began to respect her. One problem with this book is that the author tends to meander a bit, and this can be confusing; it also feels as if he spends too much time looking at the start of the McCartneys' relationship and less on how Linda grew as a musician, as a businesswoman, an activist, and as Paul's partner. Allan Smithee does a creditable job as narrator, but one almost wishes that Fields had done his own reading. For most public library collections. Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.