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The Yardbirds' Jim McCarty - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence

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Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes critically acclaimed British 60’s rock legends, pioneers The Yardbirds, and drummer Jim McCarty, joining us from France. "She Walks in Beauty – My Quest for the Bigger Picture" is his latest book, and focus’ on a lifetime of spiritual curiosity and the powerful effects of his wife Lizzie’s passing in 2020.

Jim is a returning guest, who first joined us when The Yardbirds played Hawaiian Brian’s in 2011, and later in 2016 when they performed again in Honolulu at the Blue Note Hawaiʻi.

The Yardbirds are credited with not only helping to further define the guitar rock sound and lay foundations a wide range of bands and in particular harder rocking ensembles would follow, but they had a trio of guitarists over the years, separately, who would go on to be among the most celebrated and successful guitarists of all time.

In part one of our feature, Jim shares his sobering pandemic journey, which included the passing of his wife in June of 2020. He explains how it pushed him to document a lifetime of spiritual curiosity in the new book and put him on a more spiritually-inclined path.

He also begins a three part storytelling session based around the three guitar heroes who each at different times were members of The Yardbirds, today, sharing stories about Eric Clapton!

Tomorrow we conclude with memorable stories about the other two superstar guitarists who would be Jim’s bandmates in The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. We’ll also dig into incredible stories about rock wild men like The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham you won’t want to miss! Plus we’ll post the complete nearly hour long new interview!


See two interviews with The Yardbirds and Dave!



Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the recent artists we’ve welcomed include Joss Stone, Don McLean, Third World’s Stephen “Cat” Coore, Deep Purple’s Don Airey, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, Pat Metheny, Black Uhuru’s Derrick “Duckie Simpson”, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, George Benson, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joe Satriani, The Doors’ John Densmore, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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