MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – When musician and historian Mike McCarthy parked his car outside The Antenna Club, Memphis‘ first venue dedicated to fans of underground and hardcore rock, for the first time, he was a wayward rural teen, well out of his element. “This guy with a mohawk, we see him turn the corner at Avalon, and he walked into the club,” McCarthy said. “And we think, ‘Oh, wow! Look at that guy. That guy’s going to beat the hell out of us tonight. I know it.’ That guy ended up being our waiter, serving us drinks. “We thought we were punk rock in Mississippi. When we got to The Antenna Club, it was another step on the way to understanding what the culture was like.” McCarthy, now 56, was instrumental in coordinating with the Shelby County Historical Commission to honor the club where he came of age. With the commission, the club’s former owner Steve McGehee, musicians and fans, McCarthy helped unveil a marker outside the former club, which is now events space The Renaissance. The opportunity to commemorate the history while major players were still alive and the structure still stands was a major sticking point for McCarthy…. Read full this story
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