James McCartney
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James McCartney
James Louis McCartney is a British musician and songwriter living in London. He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney. He has contributed to a number of solo albums by his parents, including Flaming Pie (1997) and Driving Rain (2001) by Paul McCartney and Wide Prairie (1998) by Linda McCartney. His first solo EP, Available Light, was released in September 2010 to positive reviews.
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James McCartney Looks to His Mother for Inspiration on New Song ‘Waterfall’ (Exclusive)
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
The track is inspired by memories of the singer-songwriter's late mother, Linda McCartney.
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New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech
Huffington Post - over 1 year
James McCartney spent his career covering defense and foreign policy issues, and throughout that time he was keenly aware of the impact that the machinations of the military-industrial complex (MIC) had on these areas of U.S. policy. As a young reporter, McCartney covered President Dwight D. Eisenhower's historic speech in which he warned the country of the dangers to our democratic system posed by "undue influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." McCartney was so taken with the topic that he wrote a five-part series on it for the Chicago Daily News. He remained mindful of its influence from then forward. When he retired after spending decades as a Washington correspondent, he decided to write a book summarizing what he had learned about the operations of the MIC while viewing it up close in his decades of reporting from Washington. Unfortunately, James McCartney passed away in 2011, with the first nine chapters of the book under his belt. But his wi ...
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The Outside Lands Festival lineup
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
SaturdayNine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurassic 5, Grizzly Bear, Young The Giant, The Head and the Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth, Youth Lagoon, Gary Clark Jr., Baauer, The Mother Hips, GRiZ, The Growlers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Bombino, Milo Greene, Atlas Genius, The Soft White Sixties, James McCartney, The Lone Bellow, Cherub, Bhi Bhiman, LoCura, Social Studies, Krafty Kuts, Lazy Rich, DJ Shotnez, DJ Sam Spiegel, Dub Gabriel. Next SundayRed Hot Chili Peppers, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Willie Nelson & Family, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Matt & Kim, A-Trak, Foals, Dawes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Emeli Sandé, Dillon Francis, Camper Van Beethoven, Rudimental, Fishbone, King Tuff, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, MS MR, Deap Vally, Kopecky Family Band, Little Green Cars, The Easy Leaves, The Wild Feathers, DJ Pierre, Gene Farris, Sleight of Hands, WhiteNoize, Griffin Camper.
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Music Review: James McCartney - 'Me'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Music Review: James McCartney - 'Me' Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Thursday, June 27, 2013 James McCartney tackles life's adversities in his first full album.
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James McCartney, Paul's son, lambasted for BBC interview
LATimes - over 3 years
James McCartney generated some supportive reviews after issuing his debut EP, “The Complete EP Collection,” in 2011 and for his associated live shows, but today he’s collecting some stinging jabs for his recent appearance on the BBC in conjunction with the release of his debut album, “Me,” released last month.
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James McCartney: 'When I Was 23 I Got Disillusioned By Music'
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
James McCartney is a man of many family traditions He is serious about his music and photography and yesterday in the Southern California desert he carried on a new one playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival where his father Beatle Paul McCartney famously played an emotional headlining...
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Coachella 2013 Lineup Released
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Coachella Music Festival released their official 2013 lineup in a tweet on Thursday evening, and the headliners for each day are Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers as the closing night act. This will be Coachella's 14th hurrah and its second year of splitting the festival into two identical weekends in order to accomodate their vastly multiplying audience. Weekend 1 will take place April 12-14 and Weekend 2 will be April 19-21. Festival passes for both weekends go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 10AM PST. Festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased with a shuttle pass or a car camping pass. New for 2013, the price you see is the price you pay — $349 for a GA ticket and $799 for VIP. Prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend. Last year's tickets sold out online in under two hours. Friday, April 12 & 19 Blur, The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Grinderman, Bassnec ...
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Couple’s Greek island wedding
Boston Standard - over 4 years
A beach wedding in St Paul’s Bay, Rhodes, started the honeymoon and journey of married life for Kerry-Ann Clifton and James McCartney.
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Beatles children forming band?
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
LOS ANGELES:  James McCartney, son of Beatles singer Paul McCartney said in an interview with the BBC that a new generation of The Beatles could be on the horizon. The 34-year-old musician, who is following his famous father’s footsteps into the industry, said that forming a band with fellow Beatles children Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon), Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison) and Zak and Jason Starkey (Ringo Starr’s sons) was not out of the question. “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do. However, Jason might want to do it. I’d be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it,” said James. The Beatles, who hailed from Liverpool, England, became one of the best-selling bands in the world in the 1960s, triggering a wave of Beatlemania for hits like “Love Me Do”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Let it Be”. They split in a bitter breakup in the early 1970s and went on to have solo careers. The younger McCartney is cur ...
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James McCartney, son of Paul, discussing idea of band with sons of other Beatles
Cleveland - almost 5 years
Paul McCartney's son, James, has met with the sons of Ringo Starr and George Harrison about the possibility of forming a band.
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The Beatles Juniors! James McCartney, Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison all 'up for' a next generation band
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-129338" href="/James+Mccartney+1">James McCartney</a>, who last night followed in the Beatles' footsteps by playing the Cavern Club in Liverpool, revealed he would be keen to form a 'next generation' band.
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James McCartney gets by with a little help from Ringo Starr and Eagles' rocker Joe Walsh
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
He performed at the Viper Room in Hollywood. The aging rockers were joined by their wives, sisters Marjorie and Barbara Bach, who is a former Bond Girl.
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CD Review:Close At Hand by James McCartney
Blogger News Network - about 5 years
 This is a guest article by author <a class="fplink fp-143621" href="/john+cherry+1">John Cherry</a>. He is the author of two books, Better Than Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 he can be found at Betterthanlennon.com - Simon The second CD of the <a class="fplink fp-129338" href="/james+mccartney+1">James McCartney</a> “Complete EP Collection” is titled “Close at Hand,” and it is as impressive as [...]
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CD Review: Available Light by James McCartney
Blogger News Network - about 5 years
This is a guest article by author <a class="fplink fp-143621" href="/john+cherry+1">John Cherry</a>. He is the author of two books, Better Than Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 he can be found at Betterthanlennon.com - Simon I had heard the music from <a class="fplink fp-129338" href="/james+mccartney+1">James McCartney</a>’s first release, an EP titled “Available Light.” This CD has all of the [...]
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Public anger at power price hike - Belfast Newsletter
Google News - over 5 years
Glengormley pensioner James McCartney slammed the hike as “ridiculous”. “They are not giving people the benefit of things - I pity anyone with a family,” he said. They pay-as-you-go customer, who sets aside £10 a week for his electricity, said it would
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Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum focuses on tourism, economic development - Metrowny.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Springville Mayor William Krebs, New York Senator Patrick Gallivan&#39;s Representative Todd Aldinger and New York Congressman Tom Reed&#39;s Representative Lee James. McCartney asked the panel members to weigh in on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James McCartney
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    He has released two EPs and two albums, the second was released on 6 May 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    McCartney played at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival in August 2013.
    More Details Hide Details McCartney recorded The Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye" with The Cure for the album The Art of McCartney, a collection of The Beatles and Paul McCartney solo covers. Like his elder sister Heather McCartney, James lives a relatively private life, unlike his sisters Stella, a fashion designer, and Mary, a photographer. James has a much younger half-sister, Beatrice Milly McCartney, born in 2003 to Paul and his second wife, Heather Mills. He has a vegetarian diet leaning towards veganism, and is an animal rights activist. In November 2012, James performed at a London benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which his father also supports. McCartney practises Transcendental Meditation: "Transcendental Meditation plays a big role in my life as it has done for my father and the other Beatles. I meditate regularly—twice a day.... I find that just 30 minutes of Transcendental Meditation refreshes me as if I had slept a few hours!“
    McCartney released his first album on 21 May 2013, titled Me.
    More Details Hide Details The album was supported by a tour of the US, starting on 6 April 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    In April 2012, McCartney told a BBC interviewer that he had mooted the idea "a little bit" of forming a "next generation" version of the Beatles with Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison.
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    McCartney's The Complete EP Collection was released on 22 November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The album combines the previous two EPs along with five new original tracks and two new covers. It is his first physical release, the two individual EPs being digital only. Like the EPs, it was produced by Paul McCartney and David Kahne, and is being released by Engine Company Records (now ECR Music Group). Rolling Stone called the opening track, "Angel," a "light and cheerful pop track." AntiMusic dubbed the release "whimsical and reflective, sharp-witted and affectionate. Full of smart, engaging pop songwriting." In a Rolling Stone song exclusive about the track New York Times, James notes he composed the main riff on a family trip when his father "... was just inches away from me."
    Close At Hand, his second EP, was released in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    He previewed tracks from Available Light when he toured the UK for the first time in February and March 2010, though he at first performed under a pseudonym.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released electronically September 2010 on Blake Morgan's Engine Company Records, (now ECR Music Group) to positive reviews.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    He made his US performing debut with his own original solo material on 14 November 2009 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, during the Fourth Annual David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa.
    More Details Hide Details He performed under the pseudonym Light. Available Light was McCartney's first official release as both a performer and songwriter. The EP included four original songs composed by James as well as a cover of Neil Young’s classic "Old Man". In addition to composing the songs and singing, he plays electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano and bass on the recordings. Produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney, the EP was recorded between Sussex, London and New York over the previous year, including Abbey Road Studios. He stated, "The music was inspired by The Beatles, Nirvana, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Radiohead—and all good music. It is basically rock n' roll, clean sounding and vocal. The words on the album refer to spirituality, love, family, trying to sort out one's life, and many other things."
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Around 2008, he began working with David Kahne, his father, and a number of other musicians on recording his own music.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 27
    In 2005, he accompanied Paul during his 'US' Tour.
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  • 2004
    Age 26
    In 2004 he again left the McCartney family home and began living in a flat in Brighton, where he waited tables while he attended college and worked on his music.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 17
    In 1995, James introduced his sister Mary to television producer Alistair Donald, whom she would later marry.
    More Details Hide Details On 17 April 1998, in Tucson, Arizona, James, along with his father and sisters, was at his mother's side when she died from breast cancer, which had been diagnosed in 1995. Later that year, McCartney graduated from Bexhill College, near his home in East Sussex, where he pursued studies in A-level Art and Sculpture. James has played guitar and drums on some of his father's solo albums, including Flaming Pie (1997) and Driving Rain (2001), as well as co-writing a few songs. On Flaming Pie he has an electric guitar solo on the track "Heaven on a Sunday". On Driving Rain, he co-wrote the songs "Spinning On An Axis" and "Back In The Sunshine Again" with his father, and played percussion on the former track and guitar on the latter. He also plays lead guitar on his mother's posthumously released solo album, Wide Prairie (1998), which included tracks recorded privately over the previous twenty years.
  • 1993
    Age 15
    In 1993, at age 16, while surfing with friends, he was swept out to sea.
    More Details Hide Details Coast-guard was called and his family rushed to the site, but he emerged safe on his own 40 minutes later.
  • 1989
    Age 11
    In 1989, McCartney, with his older sisters Mary McCartney and Stella McCartney, again joined Paul and Linda on a world tour.
    More Details Hide Details He continued his education with a tutor while on the road.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 2
    He spent the first two and a half years of his life on the road while his parents toured with their band Wings. After the band broke up in 1980, the McCartney family settled in Rye, East Sussex.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the local state secondary school, the Thomas Peacocke Community College. He has stated his earliest inspiration to learn guitar was Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. He began playing music when his father gave him a Fender Stratocaster at age nine. The guitar had previously been owned by Carl Perkins.
  • 1977
    Born
    James Louis McCartney was born in London on 12 September 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Paul's first wife, Linda McCartney. He was named after both his paternal grandfather Jim McCartney and his father, whose full name is James Paul McCartney, as well as Linda's late mother, heiress Louise Linder Eastman.
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