Macca reveals Linda’s family snaps
SIR Paul McCartney paid glowing tribute to his late wife Linda yesterday as he released a book of her personal photos.
The Beatles legend, 77, wanted to showcase the talents of his first wife, who died from breast cancer in 1998 aged 56.
Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries contains touching family shots, including pictures of the couple’s children playing dress-up.
They were taken after the McCartneys moved to Scotland while Paul suffered depression and stress following the Beatles’ break-up in 1970.
The book contains more than 200 photographs from her private collection.
Sir Paul said: “She would just see things. Many of her photos, it’s just that one click.
“You’ve got to recognise when a great photo is happening in front of you.
“And then you’ve got to snap it at exactly the right moment and she did that so many times. It always impressed me.”
The singer launched the book with fashion designer daughter Stella and her sister Mary – also a photographer – at the Victoria & Albert museum in London. His old bandmate Sir Ringo Starr was on hand for the event, along with wife Barbara Bach.
Sir Paul added: “For us, they’re just family photos, but because it’s Linda, a great photographer, they’re little pieces of art. I’d been through a very difficult period at the end of the Beatles.
“It was like hell. But I’d just met this beautiful woman and we were raising a family, so we decided to escape, so we escaped to Scotland and lived a very funky life.”
Mary, 50, who as a baby slept in a bed made by Paul from old potato boxes, said the images showed a “simple” life. Stella, 48, said her mother had captured “quite surreal moments” and talked of the difficulty in releasing such an intimate book.
She said: “I find it quite hard because we’re a very protective family.”
Mary, Sir Paul, Stella, Sir Ringo and Barbara at book launch at Victoria & Albert museum. The release features many McCartney family snaps
Sir Paul McCartney with new book