Sixties

I recently received the photography book, "Sixties: Portraits of an Era" by Linda McCartney as a gift and although I haven't had a chance to read all of her artist anecdotes, I've fallen in love with her photographs from this iconic era. I had seen bits and pieces of her work but never a complete compilation like this. It's astonishing and inspiring, for me, to look at the people she's photographed and the life she led; forget for a moment that she was married to a Beatle: she toured with The Yardbirds, watched movies with Jimi Hendrix, smoked pot with The Animals and came out of the decade having been led on an amazing adventure by following her passion and had documented every moment of it with extraordinary talent. .

Beyond her pursuit in music photography, I also enjoy the candid philosophy Linda used to capture her subjects. In the book she writes, "My approach was to take personal, casual shots. I never intruded. I would never set up false situations. I was just there recording what happened. I became like a band member whose chosen instrument was the camera." It's the perfect philosophy if you ask me.

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I'm finding myself learning so much and feeling quite inspired today, that I wanted to share a few of her images with you. Enjoy!

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Later this week, I'll be posting a tour diary from my time in Madison, WI this past weekend with The Giving Tree Band & Cornmeal as well as an artist interview featuring musician Joe Purdy.

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-b

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