Linda McCartney Linda McCartney Remembered

Light From Within Includes Linda's Never-Seen Rock Shots And Personal Memories

Light From Within: Photojournals publishes the never-seen backstage rock photography of Linda McCartney.

Prior to Wings, Linda McCartney established herself as rock and roll's foremost female photographer. In the '60s, as Linda Eastman, she photographed all the legends of rock - including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Beatles.

A collection of her pictures from the time - "Sixties: Portrait Of An Era" - was published in 1992 and became an international best-seller.

Before her death in 1998, Linda McCartney said, "Playing in a band totally stopped me from being a working photographer, my career just stopped. Before that I was taking pictures for all sorts of magazines and was working on photographs for a book about rock and roll. But it stopped because I joined a band and all the time that I was in that band was time that I would have been taking photographs."

"Photography was more important to me than music - but my husband and my family were more important to me than photography, and I was prepared to give up photography for them."

But Light From Within reveals that Linda didn't stop taking her rock-pop pictures. The diaristic collection, with a foreword by Sir Paul, includes intimate portraits of her family, iconographic still-life shots, and images of musicians like Pete Townshend, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa encountered while Linda was house photographer at the legendary Fillmore East theater in the late '60s.

"I love her pictures of me from that time," Townshend says. "I remember her as being very straight and direct, but kind of swirling, blond, limpid. I was such a fan of hers - everything about her."

Said Paul McCartney, "Because of her perception, Linda could see the way you are inside, beyond the act or the image, and it was that honest reality that she photographed. Linda had an eye for honesty, she saw the truth and that shines through all of the images that she produced. Her pictures are all very natural, nothing was posed."

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