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Review: Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs by Annie Leibovitz

(Taschen, €49.99) Hardback

Published 21/05/2011 | 05:00

In 1966, while working as a receptionist in a New York magazine office, Linda Eastman got a press pass to an event for the Rolling Stones aboard a motor yacht on the Hudson River; her candid photographs of the band, like the one here of Brian Jones with Mick Jagger, were a hit and she went on to make a name for herself as a top rock 'n' roll photographer --- and to marry Paul McCartney.

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In May 1968, with her portrait of Eric Clapton, she became the first female photographer to have her work on the cover of Rolling Stone.

During the late 1960s she captured many of rock's most important musicians on film, including Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and, of course, The Beatles.

She had become involved with Paul McCartney when she photographed The Beatles at the launch of the Sgt Pepper's album.

Paul and Linda were married in 1969 and for the next three decades, until her death from cancer in 1998 at the age of 56, she devoted herself to her family, vegetarianism, animal rights and photography.

Linda, who was born in New York in 1941, also wrote cookbooks and was a member of Wings.

This retrospective volume -- selected from her archive of over 200,000 images -- has been produced in collaboration with Paul and their children, a lasting testament to Linda's talent. -- JS

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