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Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition]

Jimmy Barnes


PUBLISHED: 20th August 2018
ISBN: 9781460757338
Working Class Boy [Film Tie-in edition]
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PUBLISHED: 20th August 2018
ISBN: 9781460757338

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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.

Product Details

Author
Jimmy Barnes
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Year
2018
ISBN-10
1460757335
ISBN-13
9781460757338
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2018-08-20
Country of Publication
Australia
Pages
384
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade