Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition]

The Number 1 Bestselling Memoir

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Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition]
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  • 9781460753415
  • 9781460707005

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.

  • HarperCollins; October 2016
  • ISBN 9781460707005
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  • Title: Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition]
  • Author: Jimmy Barnes
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
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  • 9781460753415
  • 9781460707005

Customer Reviews


Kaye C.
11/23/2016
Verified Buyer
New found respect for Jimmy Barnes
This is one of the most heart felt books I have ever read. It is just like sitting and having a chat with Jimmy Barnes. It really gives you a great insight into Australia in the late fifties and early sixties and a whole new respect for Jimmy himself. Even if you don't like his music you could not help but finish this book with a new found respect for the man. I hope he writes the sequel soon - can not wait to see what the Rock and Roll years were like.
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781460753415
  • 9781460707005