Showing posts with label Linda McCartney. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Linda McCartney. Show all posts

Friday, March 26, 2021

New book, "Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen," out June 29

Meat-free menus from the McCartney family. Available for order from Amazon now.

Over thirty years ago, Linda McCartney first blazed the trail for meat-free cooking, and around the table of the family home in East Sussex, she shared the pleasure that eating compassionately could bring. Now Paul, Mary and Stella bring Linda's kitchen up to date, re-inventing her best-loved recipes for the plant-based cook, alongside their favorite family stories and the dishes that they now eat at home.

The original food pioneer, Linda McCartney believed in great tasting, wholesome, meat-free food, and embraced kindness and compassion in everything she did. Her legacy lives on in Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen, a collection of 100 simple, fresh and inventive plant-based recipes that fit perfectly with how we want to eat now. 

In Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen, Paul, Mary and Stella have re-imagined Linda's classic recipes, bringing them up to date for the modern, plant-based cook. Because how we eat is changing, with more and more people choosing a meat- and dairy-free diet, even if only for one or two days a week.

Alongside family favorites such as Pancakes, Chilled Avocado and Chili Soup, Aubergine Caponata and Shepherd's Pie, Paul, Mary and Stella share the dishes they cook most at home: Pad Thai, Pulled Jackfruit Burgers, Italian Tomato and Bread Salad and Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies to name just a few of the simple, nourishing and sustainable recipes included in this stylish book.

Complete with personal stories and intimate family photos spanning three decades, is not only good for you, but for the planet too. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Linda McCartney photo exhibit opens in Liverpool

An expansive exhibition of photos by Linda McCartney opens this weekend at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.

The show includes many of Linda's photos of the Beatles and other stars, along images from her family life with Paul and their children.

You can hear excerpts from the exhibit's audio guide here. It starts with an introduction by Paul.

Prints and other items tied to the exhibit are available via the gallery's shop.

Photos from the exhibit:

Paul's brother Mike shared this image of himself at the exhibit on Twitter:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Vintage Paul McCartney sheet music

Paul and Linda McCartney "Another Day" sheet music folio
Paul and Linda McCartney "Mary Had a Little Lamb" sheet music folio
Paul McCartney and Denny Laine "Mull of Kintyre" sheet music

Friday, September 20, 2019

Interview: Paul discusses new Polaroids photo book by Linda on BBC's "Newsnight"

Beatles Weekly News Roundup: Only Yesterday; Abbey Road conference; George in India; Carpool Emmy; Linda's Polaroids

The New York Times reviews "Only Yesterday," a new play that focuses on the friendship of John and Paul and the night they stayed up all night talking as the Beatles waiting out Hurricane Dora while on tour in Florida in 1964.
Although fans of the Beatles will undoubtedly find themselves in nostalgic bliss, those less versed in the Fab Four don’t need to know their “Abbey Road” from their “Sgt. Pepper’s” to be delighted by the elegant storytelling and sensitive performances.

Ringo is a "leaver" in Britain's debate over whether to leave the European Union, but Paul views the Brexit vote as a mistake, he told the BBC this week.
Reflecting on the 2016 Brexit vote, Sir Paul said the arguments made during the campaign had been "all crazy promises".
"What put me off was that I was meeting a lot of older people, kind of pretty much my generation.
"And they were going, 'All right Paul - it's going to be like it was in the old days, we're going to go back.' And it was like, 'Yeah? Oh, I'm not sure about that.' And that attitude was very prevalent.
"I vote for someone I believe in and so often there's nobody I believe in. I have to get a bit inspired. At the moment I'm not really inspired."
An academic conference on the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road is set for the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music later this month.

Presenters include audio engineer Ken Townsend, who worked on several Beatles albums, including Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Andy Babiuk, a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and author of Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio; Walter Everett, a professor of music theory at the University of Michigan and author of The Beatles as Musicians; and Kenneth Womack and Katie Kapurch, literary scholars and coeditors of New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today.

Here's some rare video of George in India in 1968 recording the "Wonder Wall" soundtrack with Indian musicians.
“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” won an Emmy for best variety special this week.
The Guardian previews a new book that collects Linda McCartney's Polaroid photography.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Linda McCartney's "Wide Prairie" set for re-release Aug. 2

Via the news release:

Wide Prairie, a posthumous 1998 compilation of Linda McCartney recordings spanning the early 1970s through the late 1990s, will be re-released August 2 via MPL / Capitol / UMe.
The only album to be released solely under Linda’s name, Wide Prairie features Linda on vocals and various instruments on songs she wrote or co-composed and recorded with Wings between 1972 and 1980, the single-only 'Seaside Woman’ / 'B-Side to Seaside' released under the pseudonym of Suzy and the Red Stripes, cover versions of classics by the McGuire Sisters, The Coasters and more, and solo work from the ‘80s and ‘90s including her final recording, 'The Light Comes from Within' (co-authored by and featuring Paul McCartney, as well as their son James on electric and acoustic guitar). 
The album was recorded in various locations including Jamaica, Paris, Nashville and Sussex with contributors including husband Paul; son James; Wings members Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English and Laurence Juber; writer Carla Lane who also co-wrote ’The White Coated Man’ and ‘Cow'; Lee “Scratch” Perry and members of the Black Ark studio band Boris Gardiner, Winston Writer and Mikey Boo. 
Two tracks from the release also highlight Linda’s interest in other art forms outside photography and music. ‘Seaside Woman’ featured in the Palme d’Or winning short film by Oscar Grillo at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. 'Oriental Night Fish’ also appeared in a short film of the same title created by Linda and Ian Emes.
Wide Prairie will be released August 2nd on limited edition white/blue colored vinyl and classic black vinyl, digitally and on streaming services. The reissue will mark the first time the album has been available on vinyl since its original 1998 release. The album is available for pre-order now.
To celebrate the first UK showing of the Linda McCartney Retrospective, the limited edition colour vinyl LP pressing of Wide Prairie will be available exclusively for one month prior to the album's general release at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow from the exhibition’s July 5th opening. The major retrospective of Linda’s photography has been curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney. [More information here:]
The full track listing for Wide Prairie are as follows. All songs written by Linda McCartney, except where otherwise indicated:
1. Wide Prairie
2. New Orleans
3. The White Coated Man (Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney, Carla Lane)
4. Love's Full Glory
5. I Got Up (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
6. The Light Comes from Within (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
7. Mister Sandman (Pat Ballard)
8. Seaside Woman
9. Oriental Nightfish
10. Endless Days (L. McCartney, Mick Bolton)
11. Poison Ivy (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
12. Cow (L. McCartney, P. McCartney, Lane)
13. B-side to Seaside (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
14. Sugartime (Charlie Phillips, Odis Echols)
15. Cook of the House (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)
16. Appaloosa (L. McCartney, P. McCartney)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Sony/ATV, which holds rights to most of the the Lennon-McCartney song catalog has signed a licensing deals that will make Beatles lyrics available for plastering on various products such as coffee mugs and greeting cards.
"We envision a broad licensed products campaign that encompasses everything from apparel, accessories and wall art to home electronics, gifts, stationery, and more," commented Lisa Streff, Epic Rights' executive vp of global licensing. "From All You Need is Love to Hey Jude, the opportunities to develop high quality merchandise that incorporates the words and sentiments of Paul McCartney and John Lennon's lyrics are limitless."

Work is underway to digitize 76 reel-to-reel recordings of lectures Indian musician (and George Harrison collaborator) Ravi Shankar gave while teaching at New York's City College between 1967 and 1972.


Via WogBlog: Newly discovered documents shine light, and raise new questions, about the Beatles' recording sessions in Hamburg with Tony Sheridan.


Mary McCartney talks about her mom's pioneering range of vegetarian meals and her own work to help launch the Meat-Free Monday campaign.
"She didn't even realise what a food revolutionary she was," says Mary proudly. "Vegetarian food ranges are quite mainstream now, but when she started, it was completely unheard of to have a range like that. I think we're all quite proud of it, and we want to work to ensure it carries on her ethics."

An economic study predicts the Beatles "brand" will generate $600 million this year alone.
The study found that tribute bands and live performances of Beatles music generate $225 million ($US) annually, or approximately 40% of the total. Book authors, Beatles-themed radio shows, museums and tours of famous Beatles locations generate an estimated $140 million ($US) annually.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beatles Bits - Weekly news roundup

For the first time, rights to a Beatles song have been licensed for use in China. "Hey Jude" will be featured in a coming-of-age film titled "Yesterday Once More." This article provides some interesting insight into how such licensing approvals come about.
The Beatles ask came in through the Beijing office of publishing company Sony/ATV and was funneled to Esther Friedman, senior vp film and TV music, who thought, "It was perfect for The Beatles," she says.

"The studio, Beijing Enlight Media, is one of the largest media groups in China, and the director is of ­significance." Plus, she adds, with the film aimed at a younger demographic with its story of high school friends grappling with the complexities of first loves, it can help introduce The Beatles' music to a new audience. "That always plays into the decision," she adds. "It was a compelling reason to say yes to this one."

... Sony/ATV has a "Beatles Board," an ad hoc group of company executives who discuss the flood of requests for the Fab Four's music. Master usages are seldom allowed (one notable ­exception was for an episode of Mad Men). "We're always sensitive to the setting and how the song will be used, and we wouldn't grant ­anything not in keeping with The Beatles and what they stand for," says Friedman. The usage did not require the approval of those who wrote "Hey Jude," Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon (through his widow, Yoko Ono).

Talking about your dad must get old for a Beatle's son, particularly when you're trying to talk about your own music. That frustration resulted in a standoff this week on BBC 3 radio, when an interviewer refused to lay off the dad questions with James McCartney.
The musician had answered just one question before awkwardly repeating that he didn’t want to speak about his personal life.

... “I guess I wouldn’t like to talk about my family because it’s kind of private really, do you know what I mean?”

The radio host replied: “I understand that but looking behind the music your family is a big part of that.

“You were the closest thing to Paul because you were his son. Did you feel a pressure to follow in his footsteps?”

James said: “I’m not asking you about your father, do you know what I mean? It just seems strange. I get where you’re coming from, but it’s just like, no.”
BBC presenter Nick Coffer then ended the interview prematurely, saying:
“I’ve shaped this interview to talk about you as a person, about what’s behind your music and talk about your story.

“If you want to answer those questions, that’s fine James, and if you don’t then that’s fine too – we can end the interview.

“I wouldn’t want to put any pressure on you but I want to know your story and your story goes beyond the album.”

Along with playing a bit of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" in Minneapolis this week, Paul McCartney also talked fondly of the musician during his show there this week.
He mentioned that he’d seen Prince in concert several times in London and had experienced Prince onstage in a small club on the most recent New Year’s Eve. “Minneapolis, Prince,” Sir Paul declared and paused. “Prince, Minneapolis. It goes together.”

...“Here’s to the man. Loved that guy. Thank you, Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he’s your guy.”

A contract signed by all four Beatles when they purchased the No. 3 Saville Row headquarters for Apple Corps is going up for auction.
Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo said: “This document was formally adopted in late November of 1980, thus making it one of the last documents signed by John Lennon during his life.
“John Lennon signed in black felt tip pen, and has added a facial caricature, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (who has signed as R. Starkey, his legal name as required on documents), have all signed in blue ballpoint.”


Rolling Stone counts down the "10 Best Beatles Books."


Paul McCartney met two members the "Little Rock Nine" at his concert in Little Rock, Ark., this week. paying tribute to the Civil Rights pioneers with a performance of "Blackbird," which he's said was inspired by the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
The women, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, were two members of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who faced discrimination and the lasting impact of segregation after enrolling in the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957, following the Supreme Court's historic Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.
... At the Little Rock concert, McCartney introduced "Blackbird" by telling the audience, "Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it's a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that's this next one."

A post on Paul McCartney's website April 30 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Linda McCartney meat-free food brand, which is still active today.
The McCartney Family are hugely proud of this landmark anniversary and Paul, Mary and Stella say, “Linda was the inspiration for us becoming vegetarians. It is so exciting to be celebrating 25 years of her foodie legacy and see Linda’s wonderful pioneering vision of meat-free eating and products go from strength to strength.”

The dance remixes of Paul McCartney's "Nineteen Hundred and Eight Five" released as a 300-copy limited edition a few week back will be getting a more widespread release soon, according to deejay Timo Maas and producer James Teej, who created and pressed up the "white label" release with Paul's approval.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Remembering the photography of Linda McCartney

A new edition of Linda's "Life in Photographs" serves a news peg from the Daily Mail article today, which recaps her career and shows some of her work.