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Linda McCartney

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    Danny Fields(Author)

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A look at one of the most famous marriages in the history of rock music chronicles the life of the successful photographer who married a Beatle, discussing her initial rejection by the public and her death from cancer.

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 Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. "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

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  • PDF | 280 pages
  • Danny Fields(Author)
  • Renaissance Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Donna Di Giacomo on August 21, 2016

    I'm Paul's and Linda's childrens' ages, so I'm coming from another generation in terms of how I viewed Linda Eastman McCartney. Deep down, I felt there was something missing from the bigger picture of Linda's history and, sure enough, there was. All these years later, Danny Fields helped to fill in the blanks.I don't write that just because this is a positive book about Linda, her life, and her work. I write that because it's always nice to get the story about someone or a particular time period from people who were there. I refuse to read books written by people who are, for all intents and purposes, putting together a compilation of everything they've ever read with one or two new interviews thrown in there. The subject matter could be about The Beatles, the 1960s, whatever. I'm interested in people who were there and their experiences, not summations and guesswork.Thanks to Mr. Fields' book, I got another look at Linda and realized that, indeed, she was a well-known photographer before she met Paul. She was her own woman - a mother and a career woman - before ever crossing paths with Paul. In fact, it was said that Paul considered he married up when he married Linda, not the other way around (although Linda was humble about her roots to the end).And being one of the first rock photographers she had to cross paths with the legends - The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, The Rolling Stones. The fact that the men respected her to the degree they did was mind blowing. Her work spoke for itself and they were all enlightened enough to realize that. For the most part, women today don't get that level of respect from people with not even a tenth of the talent those gentlemen had.In the end, I always admired and envied the relationship Paul and Linda had and wished that for myself. Their relationship worked on every level for so many reasons, mostly because they were mature, well-rounded people who met each other at the right moment in their lives. They loved and respected each other. Can we all get just a little bit of that? Lol.This book is highly recommended to get the story on Linda from someone who knew her before she met Paul and who wrote this as a tribute to her not too terribly long after her death. - Donna Di Giacomo.

  • By A customer on April 21, 2000

    To anyone with enough genuine interest in the story of Linda McCartney--if you've read this far down the webpage, you deserve to hear the truth. And not the truth as seen by a stuffy, clueless professional reviewer who can sense an easy-target book to slam a mile away. I have read over 30 books about the rock scene in the 60's and this one told me details I'd never ever heard. I rank it as extremely well-written and the author names names because there are so many great ones to choose from! This book is as much about the beatles and the stones and Warhol's bunch as it is about Linda. You feel like you are PART of the story because Danny Fields certainly was her very good friend. And he can write and involve you in a book you just can't put down...

  • By A customer on July 30, 2000

    Although I found that Mr. Field's writing style was hard to follow at times, I found this book to be exactly what it purposed to be: A beautiful and loving tribute to a woman whom it would have been a pleasure to know....not because she was the wife of "the cute one", but rather because she was real, believed that being a great wife and mother were more important than what people thought of her, knew where her priorities were, and rose above the criticism and the back-biting of jealous groupies and music "reviewers". I would have liked to have read more about her relationship with her children with Paul (many mentions of Heather), but just the fact that Mr. Fields wrote how wonderful they were, polite, and not at all what you would expect from "rock children", told me a lot. Linda did it all and did it with grace, intelligence, love, and charity.

  • By Mrs. M on May 2, 2004

    I became interested in the book after seeing the TV Movie. Linda McCartney did have an incredible life...although as one reviewer stated all her "pain and suffering" of her life I missed that part.Yes the loss of her mother was sad (but it is sad for all of us who lose their mother). Linda was not some "poor" single mom trying to eeek out a living though. She came from wealth and married even more wealth, although from this book and more so from the video "Wingspan" you can see that is definitly not why she married Paul McCartney.She loved him and was devoted to him, as he was to her. As a friend though I dont know what would compel Danny Fields to write about how cheap the McCartneys were,eg: not having taxi money cause people were happy to have them in their cabs for free..etc. The author himself said he could see Paul and Family getting angry that he is even adding that part in. So why do it? Also I don't know if it was sarcasm in one part when he "desperately" wanted a ticket to a sold out show in London and he called and begged Linda to get him a ticket.Because it was he who initiated the call (as opposed to Linda inviting him) he goes on to state that there would be a ticket and to send a check to cover the cost to the McCartney office.He seems annoyed that he has to pay for it (given that the McCartney's are richer than rich) yet states "the utterly gracious Linda" HUH ?The other thing that upset me but seems to be true in the story (Paul McCartney had final say over the original draft)was how Linda dumped her friends and did not try to get in touch with them. If they were her friends I am sure they would have kept her secrets.For most of the book she is portrayed as this loving, kind, warm, sensitive human being....yet the dumping of friends would indicate otherwise, although he was(is) such a private person, maybe this was something he needed and wanted at the beginning of their relationship.Of course Wingspan is a more in depth portrait of Linda and Paul's relationship, but of course that is a super positive portrayal as the interviewer is Linda and Paul's daughter, Mary and Paul himself. Pretty good book if you want a surface picture of Linda McCartney only. I don't think he was a "great friend" of Linda's, more like an old friend who was on the fringes of her life, although he was invited to speak at her memorial.One thing I did find curious was in the beginning of the book he thanks Paul McCartney and Mary, Heather and James, but leaves out Stella? Why, did he do that, especially since there was a picture with Stella in the book? That struck me as odd. If you are curious about Linda and Paul's relationship watch Wingspan.


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