A Woman of Many Talents

039ae6b9c3876dcc8bf59f21a8bebc02The other half of Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, not just performed with her husband but was likewise an acclaimed photographer in addition to a famous supporter of vegetarianism and animal rights.

Birthed Linda Eastman in New York on September 24, 1941, she was the daughter of copyright lawyer Lee Eastman and not, as is extensively held, a participant of the Eastman/Kodak household; photography was nevertheless in her blood, and during the ’60s she turned into one of one of the most sought after shutterbugs covering the rock-and-roll scene, publishing portraits of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Doors in the pages of Rolling Stone and various other magazines. She met McCartney during the launch of the Beatles’ 1967 site Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band, and they started dating following the dissolution of his long time partnership with partner Jane Asher; eventually, on March 12, 1969, the couple married.

Linda’s marital relationship to Paul, the last staying bachelor among the Fab 4, caused a significant media furor– as a divorcée and single mom (she was quickly wed during the late ’50s), she was the topic of considerable criticism from ethical guard dogs and Beatles fans alike. The scenario only intensified after the Beatles’ subsequent breakup– as with John Lennon’s spouse Yoko Ono, Linda was charged of accelerating the dissolution of the band. At Paul’s insistence, she started studying piano; the 1971 LP Ram was credited to both Paul & Linda, and later that year, she was recruited to join his new band, Wings. Although the objections leveled at her musical abilities were frequently poisonous, she continued recording and touring with her husband throughout the years following, serving as the inspiration behind a lot of Paul’s solo hits too.

McCartney was a lot more successful outside of songs, earning respect as a top-level force for animal rights; a strong vegetarian, she released a series of best-selling recipe books (1989’s Home Cooking and 1995’s Linda’s Kitchen among them) and developed her own very profitable line of frozen vegetarian meals created at environmentally sensitive factories. In addition, she released a series of photo compilations, including 1982’s Linda’s Pictures and 1992’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era, and even won an animation award at the Cannes Film Festival for her 1980 project Seaside Woman. In 1995, McCartney was diagnosed with breast cancer, and on April 17, 1998 the disease took her life at the age of 56; a compilation of solo recordings, Wide Prairie, was released posthumously later that very same year.