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She Walks In Beauty
My Quest For The Bigger Picture
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The Yardbirds features a lineup of innovative and legendary musicians- notably, of course the Yardbirds' leader/drummer/singer/co-founder Jim McCarty, guitarist Godfrey Townsend (John Entwistle, Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, Jack Bruce, Mark Farner, Christopher Cross, Flo and Eddie, and Dave Mason) bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Billy Idol, Derringer, Joan Jett), singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam, The Doughboys), lead singer/guitarist John Idan (who is on their 2003 CD "Birdland" album which features guest appearances from both Steve Vai and Slash).Since the Yardbirds' birth from 1963 to 1968, and then its 2003 reformation, the group has been known for its incredible guitarists. In addition to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, plus rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja have contributed to the band's history.
She Walks In Beauty
My Quest For The Bigger Picture
By Jim McCarty
"My last book, Nobody Told Me, was the story of the best days of my life, and a musical career that took me from a holiday camp in the English west country to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This book, on the other hand, begins on the very worst day of my life, June 7, 2020— with the death of my wife Elisabeth. Lizzie.” She Walks In Beauty is the tale of Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty’s lifelong quest to unravel the mysteries of the world that exists beyond the world in which we live. Beginning with a childhood fascination with the paranormal that only gathered strength as he grew older, this book explores the world hidden just out of reach, the shadows that are just out of sight and the certainty that there is an enduring connection between the living and the dead. Woven in and around his career as a musician, McCarty reflects upon the books and films that signposted his course, and the myriad places to which his curiosity led him, from war-time bombsites to public seances, from suburban English healing centres to pilgrimages to India, China and the Himalayas. He looks back at the songs he has written that chart that journey, beginning with the Yardbirds’ “Happenings Ten Years’ Time Ago,” through to his recent solo work. He recalls the friends and musicians who have joined him on his quest, including Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf, and Renaissance/Stairway bassist Louis Cennamo. And he tells stories… so many stories… of his years in and out of music, forever searching for answers to the questions he had - and, ultimately, finding them. She Walks in Beauty is not the typical rock’n’roll autobiography. There again, Jim McCarty is not the typical rock’n’roll.
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Wienerworld is proud to present the Two's Company series - a superb range of CD and DVD combo sets in beautifully packaged deluxe digipacks. This superb CD and DVD package chronicles the ultimate Yardbirds touring experience. Features 19 songs on the CD and 15 songs on the DVD from their various tours between 2010-12.
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2021/2022 Tour Dates
September 16, 2021
Daryl's House, Pawling, NY
Daryls House Club
September 18, 2021
FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA appearing with Big Brother and the Holding Company
September 19, 2021
Music Room, West Yarmouth, NY
September 20 and 21, 2021
The Big E, Springfield, MA
September 24, 2021
Token Lounge, Westland, MI
September 25, 2021
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
With Big Brother & the Holding Company
March 28 - April 4th, 2022
Flower Power Cruise
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