Analog Smile

Analog Smile - Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance, Box of Frogs)

June 10, 2022

On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Jim McCarty. Jim is best known for his musical career in the Yardbirds, Renaissance, and Box of Frogs. He has a poignant new book titled “She Walks In Beauty: My Quest For The Bigger Picture”. She Walks In Beauty is the tale of Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty’s lifelong quest to unravel the mysteries of the world that exist 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 bomb-sites to public seances, from suburban English healing centers 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. 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’roller. They have a short and sweet chat about his book and more! Please visit jamesmccarty.com or theyardbirds.com for details.

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