Working Class Boy Hardcover – 19 September 2016
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- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1460752139
- ISBN-13 : 978-1460752135
- Product Dimensions : 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins - AU (19 September 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 51,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 number one albums in Australia than The Beatles: five with Cold Chisel and twelve 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's childhood memoir, Working Class Boy, became a number one bestseller and won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for Biography of the Year in 2017. His sequel, Working Class Man, won him a second ABIA for Biography of the Year in 2018. He is the only author to win back-to-back ABIAs for a non-fiction title. Having sold more than 500,000 copies, the books have become Australian classics and established Jimmy as one of our finest storytellers. The Stories & Songs live production, based on the memoirs, sold out more than a hundred shows, attracted unanimous critical acclaim and inspired the documentary film Working Class Boy, which topped the box office in late 2018. Jimmy lives in New South Wales, with his wife, Jane.
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Maybe some people lived like this but not my family. My mother was widowed at 41 and had nine children..no one had cardboard in their shoes or roamed the streets at 4 years old ,was freezing or starving. We were not rich but we were looked after. My mother didn't have an easy life but there was always clean clothes and food.
When Jimmys family came to Australia they still couldn't take the opportunity on offer to them.
I too came to Australia when I was 20 years old and had 3 small children by the time I was 26.
I don't like the way Jimmy portrayed Glasgow ( he was 4 when he left..how would he remember?) and not everyone was a violent drunk, I do know people like this exist but not only in Glasgow..all over the world.
I'm a big fan of Jimmy Barnes ..love his music and have saw him live a few times.
Just a bit disappointed on his view of Glasgow..it wasn't Glasgow but his parents that were to blame for his upbringing. I'm sorry his early life was so sad.
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I grew up in Glasgow in the 70`s and can relate to much of his upbringing. The story is quite harrowing both from his life in Glasgow, then his experience of growing up in Australia, which seemed like a very violent time in the areas he was staying in.
Add to this, his alcoholic father and a mother trying to do her best with no money coming in and the struggle trying to feed and clothe his brothers and sisters. This is not a story of a happy childhood and Jimmys singing career doesn`t really kick in until the end of the book but the tale lets you know where Jimmy is coming from. I will buy the 2nd part of the story sometime.
Jimmy's emergence to succeed and to overcome is inspirational. Loved it. Thanks for sharing and can't wait for the next one.
rated this with 'Angela's Ashes " , can't wait for the second part - Working Class Man !