Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - "Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide" - DuSable Museum of African American History

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

“Remarkably candid, very hip, and genuinely soulful, McDaniel's star-studded memoir of depression and hopelessness ultimately transitions into a reflective, inspirational mediation of rebirth and renewal.” - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the DuSable Museum of African American History are pleased to present Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, who will discuss his new book, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide
 
 
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required here.

About the book: In this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.

As one third of the legendary rap group Run D.M.C., Darryl DMC McDaniels aka Legendary MC, The Devastating Mic Controller, and the King of Rock had it all: talent, money, fame, prestige. While hitting #1 on the Billboard charts was exhilarating, the group's success soon became overwhelming. A creative guy who enjoyed being at home alone or with his family, DMC turned to alcohol to numb himself, a retreat that became an addiction. For years, he went through the motions. But in 1997, when intoxication could no longer keep the pain at bay, he plunged into severe depression and became suicidal. He wasn't alone. During the same period, suicide became the number three leading cause of death among black people a health crisis that continues to this day.
 
In this riveting memoir, DMC speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles and the impact on his life, and addresses the many reasons that led him and thousands of others to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it's needed most. He also provides essential information on resources for getting help. Revealing how even the most successful people can suffer from depression, DMC offers inspiration for everyone in pain information and insight that he hopes can help save other lives.
 
About the author: Darryl McDaniels or “DMC” first made his start in the music business in 1981 as one third of the groundbreaking rap group Run-DMC, which he formed with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late, great Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell. This multi-platinum music group sold over 30 million singles and albums worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture. Inducted into the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, DMC helped transform Rap and Hip Hop into the most popular music in the world, while building a fan base that rivals the biggest acts in Rock ‘n’ Roll. www.thekingdmc.com
Event Location: 
The DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637