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Working Class Man

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A memoir of running out of time

by Jimmy Barnes

Hardback Publication Date: 23/10/2017

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The sequel to Working Class Boy

It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book.

Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan.

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction; this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story.

But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab, across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years this is a story about how it's never too late to try and put things right.

Reviewed by Robert at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:

Last year, the great Jimmy Barnes stunned us all with his incredibly touching story of a childhood marked by poverty and abuse. Working Class Boy was described as Australia’s answer to Angela’s Ashes, and went on to win the ABIA Biography of the Year. A year later, in Working Class Man we see how the poor boy became a self-destructive and troubled rock star.

This is not a celebration of hedonism and drugs - what you get here is a reflection on how not to do it, told with sincerity and clarity. Barnes looks at the destruction of decades and asks how it happened. He laments his friends departed too early, lost to recklessness, and he speaks of depression and suicide, amidst the glowing backdrop of champagne and gold records.

The best biographies tell you what it was like to be there, to be that person in those circumstances, and this book delivers that in spades; with humour, with shocking candour, and with a life-affirming outcome. Insightful and entertaining, this book is not just for Chisel fans.

It is the biography of the year.

ISBN:
9781460752142
Category:
Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
23-10-2017
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x45mm
Weight:
0.9kg
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.

He has amassed more #1 albums in Australia than the Beatles. Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums and he has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice.

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  • Review by Robert @ Angus & Robertson Bookworld

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    Last year, the great Jimmy Barnes stunned us all with his incredibly touching story of a childhood marked by poverty and abuse. His book "Working Class Boy" was described as Australia’s answer to Angela’s Ashes, and went on to win the ABIA Biography of the Year. A year later in "Working Class Man" we see how the poor boy became a self-destructive and troubled rock star.

    This is not a celebration of hedonism and drugs - what you get here is a reflection on how not to do it, told with sincerity and clarity. Barnes looks at the destruction of decades and asks how it happened. He laments his friends departed too early, lost to recklessness, and he speaks of depression and suicide, amidst the glowing backdrop of champagne and gold records. The best biographies tell you what it was like to be there, to be that person in those circumstances, and this book delivers that in spades; with humour, with shocking candour, and with a life-affirming outcome. Insightful and entertaining, this book is not just for Chisel fans. It is the biography of the year.