A self-taught drummer from Chicago’s South Side,Â Billy McCarthyÂ was co-founder and drummer of the â80s Atlantic Records band DâMolls, during which time he performed asÂ Billy Dior.
McCarthy has remained active and high profile in the national music scene ever since, and somehow found time to write an engaging new memoir focused on the wild days of his misspent youth. He has simultaneously produced his highly anticipated “Ferocious Drummers” documentary film about famous drummers. Although the doc is still a work in progress, some advance film clips are posted online for perusing at: facebook.com/FerociousDrummers.
However, his insightful new bookÂ “Beat Me ’til I’m Famous” is what lands McCarthy in this week’sÂ “Local Scene”Â column.Â Â Â Released last week in both paperback and electronic format,Â Â McCarthy writes about his dream-chasing journey from Chicago’s streets to the seedy Hollywood club scene and back again.Â Â Â Many famous names pop up during the telling of this tale about the highs, the lows, the pain, the pleasure, and the kind of decadence that often accompanies the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.Â Â
Writing “Beat Me ’til I’m Famous” in such vivid recollections would seem to have required tearing the scabs off some old memories, because nothing seems sugar-coated here. It’s a captivating read that is hard to put down. More: facebook.com/beatmebilly.
The free entertainment at Lake County Fair has been announced. The nightly 6 p.m. Americana Heritage Stage performers (sponsored by The Times) are Pete Nye & The Chicago Bluegrass Band (Aug. 4), bluegrass/gospel band Rusty Nail Crossing (Aug. 5 & 11), country bands Flintlock (Aug. 6) and Hazzard County Band (Aug. 7), string band High Country (Aug. 8), gospel duo Jim Kirk & Peggy Hendricks (Aug. 9), and bluegrass artists…