Working Class Boy: The Number 1 Bestselling Memoir
A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or cliche that doesn't apply to Jimmy Barnes. But long before Cold Chisel and Barnesy, long before the tall tales of success and excess, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan - a working class boy whose family made the journey from Scotland to Australia in search of a better life.
Working Class Boy is a powerful reflection on a traumatic and violent childhood, which fuelled the excess and recklessness that would define, but almost destroy, the rock'n'roll legend. This is the story of how James Swan became Jimmy Barnes. It is a memoir burning with the frustration and frenetic energy of teenage sex, drugs, violence and ambition for more than what you have.
Raw, gritty, compassionate, surprising and darkly funny - Jimmy Barnes's childhood memoir is at once the story of migrant dreams fulfilled and dashed. Arriving in Australia in the Summer of 1962, things went from bad to worse for the Swan family - Dot, Jim and their six kids. The scramble to manage in the tough northern suburbs of Adelaide in the 60s would take its toll on the Swans as dwindling money, too much alcohol, and fraying tempers gave way to violence and despair. This is the story a family's collapse, but also a young boy's dream to escape the misery of the suburbs with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join a rock'n'roll band and get out of town for good.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mbmackay - LibraryThing
This is quite an amazing book. Tells the story of raw and rough life of Jimmy Barnes, singer of Cold Chisel. Jimmy Barnes is a household name in Australia, with a reputation as a wild rocker. This ... Read full review
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This memoir was generally well received by our group. Everyone found it an easy, yet compelling read and surprised some of us with its frankness. Considering ‘Barnesy’ has little or no experience ... Read full review
twelve we were damaged goods
thirteen please let it be
fourteen because I love you
fifteen smoke and mirrors
sixteen the time our worlds collided
seventeen dont let the name down
eighteen everybody thought I was fearless
nineteen a murderer but a good bloke
eight cardboard inside our shoes
nine the sound of breaking glass
ten messing with the kids
eleven the last bit of light
twenty cheap speed and beer
twentyone who had hit
twentytwo white trash