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Working Class Boy : A memoir of running away - Jimmy Barnes

Working Class Boy

A memoir of running away

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Published: 19th September 2016
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Long before Cold Chisel, long before 'Barnesy', there was the true story of James Dixon Swan.

The time I have spent writing this book has caused me a lot of pain. Sometimes because of what I have remembered about my childhood and sometimes because of what I couldn't remember. It is funny how your mind blocks things out when those things can hurt you. There are a lot of things I wish I didn't remember...

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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Very entertaining you laugh out loud and you cry inside for this god foresaken family

Very entertaining you laugh out loud and you cry inside for this god foresaken family

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As his song says,working class,now see where Jimmy comes fro

As mum of 2 teens everyday readeris optimum.

As mum of 2 teens everyday readeris optimum.

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Loved this.

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    I bought this for my nan as a gift to let her know I loved her.

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    5.0

    Congratulations and Thank You for your courage.

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      Heartbreaking life, even though I grew up in Adelaide I never knew there were families like his out there. We were not well off, i.e. cardboard in the shoe trick but our parents were loving to us and each other. Felt sad he and his siblings had to live in such fear and just hope all who read it will question their treatment of others. Well done Jimmy Barnes, it would have been very difficult for you writing this novel and I can only send you many congratulations and as an old fan Thank You, you have given us many great times with your music.

       
      4.0

      Very fast turn around and received in excellent condition.

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        very good gift

         
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        As his song says,working class,now see where Jimmy comes fro

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        from victoria australia

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        • been there, done that, really related.
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          Jimmie's early years

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          I purchased jimmie's book hoping that it would be a signed copy, but alas no, only to find out that signed copies are now available again, very disappointed!

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          4.0

          A great read.

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            A very interesting look into life in the Migrant hpstel andNorthern suburbs of Adelaide in the 60's and 70's.

             
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            I would recommend this book to all.

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              A true story of a family doing it tough, Alcohol induced violence. Migration to Australia did not change the situation. Harsh to read at times but well worth a read.

               
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              Jimmy Barnes -Life of a legend

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                An amazing book about an amazing journey taken by an amazing man.

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                Best autobiography ever

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                  As a life long fan I knew a lot about Jimmy but I was memorised by his story. It is a very real and honest memoir. He is an exceptionally good writer especially when you consider his schooling, and I have always found him to be very intelligent and sharp witted. I think this book will surprise a lot of people. Can't wait for the next one.

                   
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                  Couldn't wait for it to arrive

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                      Can't wait to sit down whenever possible and read this

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                      Nothing will prepare you for the power of Jimmy's memoir. A fierce, graphic, bawdy account of his working class childhood - truly harrowing , and yet often tender and funny. I couldn't put it down because, above all, it is also a story of resilience and bravery. - Sam Neill

                      Visceral, brave, honest: it is like Angela's Ashes meets Trainspotting - only more brutal. A deep, guttural howl of a book, it speaks of the pain and hurt that haunt so many men. And it may just save lives. - Magda Szubanski

                      Jimmy Barnes

                      Jimmy Barnes is a Scottish-born rock singer/songwriter who grew up in Adelaide. His career, both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist of the legendary band Cold Chisel, has made him one of the most successful and distinctive artists in Australian music history. A prolific songwriter and performer, Jimmy has been a storyteller for more than forty years; sharing his life and passions with Australians of all ages at over ten thousand gigs throughout his adopted homeland.

                      In the process he has amassed more #1 albums in Australia than the Beatles: four with Cold Chisel and eleven as a solo artist, including the iconic For the Working Class Man. Across his career Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums and he has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice. Jimmy lives in New South Wales, with Jane, his wife of 35 years, their children, grandchildren and two schnauzers. As well as writing and recording new music and touring virtually non-stop, he is currently working on the second volume of his memoirs.

                      Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums and he has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice.

                      Visit Jimmy Barnes's Booktopia Author Page


                      ISBN: 9781460752135
                      ISBN-10: 1460752139
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Hardcover
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 416
                      Published: 19th September 2016
                      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3  x 3.6
                      Weight (kg): 0.68