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Working Class Boy Audiobook

Working Class Boy

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Publisher's Summary

Raw, gritty, compassionate, surprising and darkly funny - Australian legend Jimmy Barnes' unforgettable childhood memoir.

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 OzPubRock - there isn't an accolade or cliché 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 that fuelled the excess and recklessness which 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' 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 of a family's collapse, but it is also the story of 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.

©2016 Jimmy Barnes (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A stunning piece of work - relentless, earnest, shockingly vivid." (The Australian)

"Jimmy Barnes' 'memoir of running away' is a tale of sheer survival, the horror of a violent upbringing snapping at his heels 'like it was yesterday'." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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    M. O'Brien united states 27/09/2017
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    "Raw & honest autobiography"

    Everyone has a story, but not many are as horrific as this. An inspiring story of survival & I guess we'll have to wait for the next book to read about his success.

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    Betts Australia 21/10/2017
    Betts Australia 21/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly recommended"

    A fabulous, raw and honest book made all the more real by being read by Jimmy Barnes.

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    Kate Louise Webster Macleod, Victoria Australia 18/10/2017
    Kate Louise Webster Macleod, Victoria Australia 18/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Tough story filled with love"

    it's so good to hear Jimmy reading his own story. It brings so much depth and emotion to his life.

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    Adam 12/10/2017
    Adam 12/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Epic!"

    Hearing this in Jimmy's own voice is absolutely brilliant. It's is genuinely moving and I can't wait for part 2!

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    Janet Wilkie 12/10/2017
    Janet Wilkie 12/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "the making of a great man "

    loved it because Jimmy Barnes read it hinself he is a strong man and humble

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    Dianne Corston 30/09/2017
    Dianne Corston 30/09/2017
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    "Absolutely riveting."

    Kept us totally absorbed for an 8 hour drive across NSW to Broken Hill. Totally. And so good to have Jimmy himself reading it.

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    Jan 26/09/2017
    Jan 26/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "listening with new ears."

    i found it difficult to stop listening to Working Class Boy. hearing Jimmy Barnes read it enhanced the understanding and pleasure of it, I'm sure, although perhaps 'pleasure' is not tthe right word i have never been a fan of his music, but i related very much to his upbringing - and my heart ached for Reg. his story seems so relevant to today's society and i kept thinking that there must be answers here that apply now. I look forward now to reading his next book - i am a big fan of his!!

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    Janet 13/09/2017
    Janet 13/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Longtime Working Class Fan"

    Lovef it made me angry, sad, & laugh in different places. Nice mention to Daddy Cool too !

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    Sandra 07/09/2017
    Sandra 07/09/2017
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    "Loved it. "

    Loved it, can't wait for the next one. It was over too soon, I was disappointed when it ended

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