In 1966, during a brief stint as a receptionist forTown and Countrymagazine,Linda Eastmansnagged a press pass to a very exclusive promotional event for theRolling Stonesaboard 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. In May 1968, with her portrait ofEric Clapton, she entered the record books as the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover ofRolling Stone. During her tenure as the leading photographer of the late 1960s' musical scene, she captured many of rock's most important musicians on film, includingAretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, The Doors, and theGrateful 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 photographedThe Beatlesduring a launch event for theSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandalbum. 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 withStevie WonderandMichael Jackson, as well as artistsWillem de KooningandGilbert 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. Included are forewords by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney.As such, it is a moving personal journal and a lasting testament to Linda's talent.