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ON THIS DAY IN 1941 LINDA EASTMAN WAS BORN

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Linda Louise McCartney, was born September 24,1941. She was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, and entrepreneur. She was best known as the first wife of Paul McCartney and for her photographs of celebrities and contemporary musicians. Her photos were published in the book Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era in 1992.

Linda Louise Eastman, the second of four children, in affluent Scarsdale in Westchester County, New York. She had one older brother, John, and two younger sisters, Laura and Louise Jr.

Her father, Leopold Vail Epstein, was born in 1910 to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Louis and Stella Epstein. His sister Rose Frisch became a noted scientist who worked on issues of women’s fertility and population studies.

Her father later changed his name to Lee Eastman .He practiced entertainment law in New York for well-known clients, including bandleader Tommy Dorsey, songwriters Harold Arlen and Jack Lawrence, and fine artists such as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. At Eastman’s request, Lawrence wrote the song Linda”when Eastman’s daughter was four.It was recorded byBuddy Clark in 1947 and went to number 1 on the charts.Many girls born in the United States were named Linda in those years.

McCartney’s mother, Louise Sara Eastman (née Lindner), was from a German-Jewish family.Her father was Max J. Lindner, founder of the Lindner Company clothing store in Ohio.

Eastman graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1959.She then attended Vermont College, where she received an Associate of Arts degree in 1961. Her brother John, who studied law like their father, later became Paul McCartney’s attorney and manager.

Linda preferred nature and animals. After graduating from Vermont College she attended the University of Arzona and majored in fine arts.

Linda married Paul in March 1969 at Marylebone Town Hall, London, and thereafter went to St John’s Wood Church for a blessing.Her daughter, Heather Louise, from her marriage to Melville See, was adopted by her new husband. Together, the McCartneys had three other children. After the 1970 breakup of the Beatles, Paul and Linda recorded the album Ram and formed the band Wings in 1971. She continued to be part of her husband’s touring band following Wings’ breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993.

Linda became an animal rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks. She also founded the Linda McCartney Foods company with her husband. In 1995 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56 in Tucson, Arizona.

Paul and Linda McCartney became vegetarian in 1971, and she promoted a vegetarian diet through her cookbooks: Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking (with author Peter Cox, 1989), Linda’s Kitchen, and Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meatless Meals. She explained her change to vegetarianism by saying that she did not “eat anything with a face … If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian”.

The McCartneys became outspoken vegetarians and animal rights activists. In 1991, Linda introduced a line of frozen vegetarian meals under the Linda McCartney Foods name, which made her wealthy independently of her husband. The H. J. Heinz Company acquired the company in March 2000, and the Hain Celestial Group bought it in 2007.

A strong advocate of animal rights, Linda lent her support to many organizations, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and Friends of the Earth. She was also a patron of the League Against Cruel Sports. She narrated a TV advertisement for PETA in which she said: “Have you ever seen a fish gasping for breath when you take it out of the water? They’re saying, ‘Thanks a lot for killing me. It feels great, you know.’ No! It hurts!”After her death, PETA created the Linda McCartney Memorial Award.

EMILY WATSON, EDDIE MARSAN AND OMARI DOUGLAS JOIN BRIAN EPSTEIN BIOPIC “MIDAS MAN”

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Midas Man, the upcoming British film about the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, has added a trio of new cast members.

Emily Watson and Eddie Marsan will play Epstein’s parents, while Omari Douglas – one of the breakout stars of Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin – will portray Epstein’s friend and confidant Lonnie Trimble.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit, Wolf Hall) has already been cast as Epstein, an entrepreneur from Liverpool who played a vital role in the rise of the Beatles. Epstein managed the band from 1962 until his tragic death in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He also helped to launch the careers of fellow Liverpool chart acts of the era Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The film is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously directed music videos for Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé, as well as the heavy metal-themed movie Lords of Chaos.

There’s no word yet, however, on who might portray Beatles members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in the movie.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY HULU DOCUMENTARY

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Rubin, a consummate record producer, draws out McCartney at his most disarming and charming in a rare discussion of the music.

The films are in black and white. Rubin and Paul are mostly standing, sometimes sitting, in front of a recording console. It’s just the two of them.

In this episode, they talk about “Michelle,” and how it was composed, how McCartney says they all wanted to be French and he was inspired by an Edith Piaf song.

He says the name “Sergeant Pepper” came about because he mis-heard his roadie ask to “pass the sale and pepper” on a plane ride. That they wrote “With a Little Help from My Friends” for Ringo because he was so popular. “He mostly sang covers. We thought we could write him a song.”

There is a dissection of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” in which Paul praises George Harrison as a songwriter and a human. He recalls how “George’s friend” Eric Clapton came to play on it, the first time an outsider played on one of their records. “It was very generous of George,” Paul says, to let someone else play such a tasty riff.

“But that’s the little guy I met on the bus” when they were 15, he says, looking amazed. “Magical.”

Of John Lennon, Paul recalls that in the early days when they would fight, he’d call Lennon “four eyes” and John would call him “pigeon chest,” Paul says, “because maybe my chest wasn’t so developed.”


“McCartney 3,2,1” drops om Hulu on July 16th.

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BRIAN EPSTEIN PROJECT TO HONOUR LATE LIVERPOOL MUSIC LEGEND

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New £100,000 fundraising target to develop a further lasting legacy in the name of the ‘Fifth Beatle’

Partnership announced with Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum

The whole world is being urged to ‘come together’ to honour the late Brian Epstein with a lasting memorial to the man who helped change the face of popular music forever.

The Brian Epstein Legacy Project – which is being relaunched following a pause in activity due to the pandemic – will see the creation of a statue of the late legendary music entrepreneur, while additional money that is raised will be dedicated to developing a wider legacy in his memory.

And the campaign, first unveiled as The Brian Epstein Statue Project in 2019, today also announced a new Stateside partnership with the Iowa Rock‘n’Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum – helping to champion plans on the global stage.

The appeal is currently a third of the way towards an initial £60,000 target for the proposed new statue which will be created by renowned Liverpool sculptor Andy Edwards and sited at a key Liverpool location yet to be revealed.

Generous sums have so far been received from people in more than a dozen countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and France – as well as a substantial anonymous donation.

Now it is hoped the appeal will go on to raise a minimum of £100,000, enabling it to further honour Brian’s energy and vision.

The Beatles’ former manager, born in Liverpool in 1934, is credited with catapulting the Fab Four to global success and has been fondly dubbed the ‘Fifth Beatle’ to underline his central role in their stratospheric rise to become the most famous band the world has ever seen.

Yet while there are dozens of Beatles’ statues and monuments across several continents, there is no lasting tribute to recognise and celebrate the vital part he played in the band’s history, nor how he changed the face and sound of popular music.

Brian owned NEMS record shop in Whitechapel. It was a lunchtime visit to The Cavern Club in the heart of Liverpool to watch a four-piece rock and roll band on 9 November 1961 which would change the course of history. Music and life in Liverpool would never be the same again. That band was The Beatles – whom Brian would go on to manage.

In addition to the Fab Four, he also nurtured a number of other star performers including Cilla Black, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, The Chants, The Scaffold and The Moody Blues.
There are several film projects about his life and career which are currently in development.

The Brian Epstein Legacy Project committee includes cultural campaigner and activist Tom Calderbank; Beatles fan Marie Darwin who was part of a group who campaigned for a plaque to be placed on the birthplace of Brian Epstein; Beatles historians, researchers and authors Kevin and Julie Roach, and son Robert; Larry Sidorczuk was the personal assistant to the late Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein’s original business partner and bookings manager; and Bill Elms, a producer of the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which was staged in Liverpool and London’s West End.

Tom Calderbank, who is leading the project, said: “Following the pause in our campaign due to the pandemic, we’ve now got fresh wind in our sails.
“Our new partnership with the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum is a major part of that. They have helped us revamp our marketing and web presence and injected fresh energy into the project. Watch this space for future announcements.

“In addition, an anonymous donor has given us £10,000, doubling our funds so far.
“We now need £40,000 to complete the statue. Once completed, however, the sculpture will be only phase one of the wider project.
“Phase two aims to raise at least another £40,000 to establish a musical instrument library, to give access to music to underprivileged young people across the Liverpool City Region and help develop the next generation of talent.
“Phase three will then look further afield to see what can be achieved to celebrate and develop Brian’s legacy.
“We’re all very excited at what’s to come.”

And Ralph Kluseman, President of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum, added: “As a lifelong Beatles fan, and a great admirer of Brian Epstein’s vision, drive and determination, I’m really pleased to be connected with the project – and with the dedicated team based in Liverpool.

“Brian needs his legacy to be recognised and we want to help; without him the world would never have been blessed with The Beatles and so much more.”

Andy Edwards is best known for his famous statue of The Beatles located at Liverpool’s world-famous Liverpool Pier Head, and co-sculpted the statue of Cilla Black in Mathew Street.

Meanwhile his poignant sculpture The Truce can be found in the grounds of St Luke’s the Bombed Out Church and depicts the historic moment on Christmas Day 1914 when a game of football spontaneously broke out between British and German soldiers on the First World War battlefield.

The Brian Epstein Legacy Project also has the support of Liverpool-born actor Andrew Lancel, who portrayed Brian in the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles on stage in Liverpool and London’s West End to critical acclaim.

He later played Brian again in a UK wide tour of Cilla The Musical – and is a huge advocate of recognising all Brian achieved.

He said: “Brian’s contribution to the music industry, The Beatles, Liverpool, and the world really was incomparable. And I can think of few people more worthy of this tribute in his home city.”

Donations can be made by visiting https://www.thefifthbeatlestory.com/

NATALIE EMMANUEL AND DAME JUDI DENCH JOIN STELLA MCCARTNEY’S CALLS

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The luxury designer is calling for more people to sign the global fur ban petition – and enlisted the help of the celebs to help spread the word on social media.

A host of celebrities are joining designer Stella McCartney on a campaign calling for a global end to the fur trade.

They include Paul McCartney, Dame Judi Dench, Natalie Emmanuel, and Leona Lewis – among others. Moreover, it’s in partnership with Humane Society International (HSI).

The luxury fashion designer – that has always been fur-free – enlisted the help of the celebrities to help direct more people to HSI’s petition that calls for a final end to the ‘cruel’ practice.

It involved a video of Dame Judi Dench posted on Instagram. In it, she pleads: “Every year, 100 million animals are bred and killed for their fur to supply to the fashion industry.

“I’m Judi Dench and I’ve long been an advocate of animal rights. Please will you join Stella McCartney and me and sign a petition? Don’t let them use fur. Please join us.”

Natalie Emmanuel added: “Our time has come. Animals are our equals. Animals are friends, not fashion.”

Additionally, in another video, Stella called on people to sign the petition in a cameo with her rock legend father, Paul McCartney.

The videos feature the celebrities sporting animal head costumes in collaboration with the designer’s most sustainable collection to date.

As part of the Autumn 2021 collection, models wore the animal masks to show all creatures as equals. This was promoted in a mockumentary video narrated by David Walliams.

Moreover, it comes after Stella McCartney successfully staged protests in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Duomo di Milano in Italy.

Whilst Stella McCartney claims to have already prevented 60,000 animal deaths by avoiding using animal fur, leather, or feathers: the industry remains very much alive.

Claire Bass is the Executive Director of the UK branch of Humane Society International.

In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “Stella McCartney’s new campaign and brand is everything the fur trade isn’t – fresh, innovative, sustainable and cruelty-free.

“We’re thrilled to be working with her. And, to have the support of so many compassionate celebrities, to magnify the message that the age of fur fashion is dead.

“As the UK government considers our call for a ban on the import and sale of fur from animals who have suffered overseas, this light-hearted campaign sheds light on a serious subject.”

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“PAUL” : A PERSONAL PORTRAIT OF PAUL MCCARTNEY BY HARRY BENSON

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“PAUL”: An intimate look at one of the greatest music legends of all time, by an iconic photojournalist. From the delirium of the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. tour to the heady, shaggy days of WINGS in the 1970s and the quiet idyll of life on the family farm in the early 1990s, Paul traces the evolution of a pop superstar and of the man himself through more than 100 photographs, many never seen before.

*Collector’s Edition (No. 101-700), each numbered and signed by Harry Benson :

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Harry Benson’s epochal portraits and incisive photojournalism have made him one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century. Growing up in Scotland during World War II, Benson sought refuge and dreamed of another life though the lens of a camera. His images of celebrities, politicians, and monarchs capture the zeitgeist as well as the spark of unique personalities. TASCHEN titles featuring Benson’s work include a publication dedicated to her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and an incredible book which collects together his photographs of The Beatles.

Benson rose to fame after being assigned to travel with The Beatles on a journey to France and their first trip to America in 1964. In signature black and white photography, Benson took one of the most iconic shots of the Fab Four, which depicts the stars engaged in a raucous pillow fight at the George V Hotel. As Beatlemania exploded Benson juxtaposed intimate images like the hotel room photograph with depictions of their new found celebrity, such as their famous performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The photographer’s mix of public and private pictures became his distinguishing trademark. THE BEATLES BOOK : HERE

His portfolio includes cover shots and editorials for LIFE, Vanity Fair, People and The New Yorker and in 2009 he was awarded the title Commander of the British Empire (CBE). As well as The Beatles, he has photographed Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Robert Kennedy, and every US president since Eisenhower. Benson’s images feature in TASCHEN’s photography book of images of the Queen which also includes a unique special edition cover created by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Harry Benson seems to have always been in the right place at the right time. This crucial punctuality has given us some of the most significant pictures of the history making moments of last century and the beginning of the 21st.

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