Born Peter Michael McCartney (January 7, 1944), Mike McCartney (also known as Mike McGear ) is a British performing artist and rock photographer and the brother of Paul McCartney. He had several hit records in the 1960s and 1970s He decided on a stagename, using the Liverpudlian equivalent of "Fab", so as not to generate undue influence from his family connections.
In 1968, with Roger McGough, he released an album (McGough & McGear) that entailed lyrics, poems, and comedy. The duo worked together, along with John Gorman, as The Scaffold, recording a couple of UK hit singles.
The trio added other members and later released two more albums (both in 1973) as Grimms.
McGear released a solo album entitled Woman in 1972, which included many tracks co-written with McGough.
In 1974, McGear released McGear in which he collaborated with his brother Paul. He is also a photographer, and has published pictures he took of The Beatles backstage and on tour and has recently brought out a limited edition book of photos he took spontaneously backstage at Live8.
He married and divorced Angela Fishwick, and later married Rowena Home. McGear has six children, including Josh McCartney who was drummer in the band The Famous Last Words (formerly known as Trilby).