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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to the number one best seller, Jimmy Barnes' unforgettable childhood memoir, 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 best seller, 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 and across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years, this is a story about how it’s never too late to try to put things right.

©2017 Freight Train Music Pty Limited (P)2018 Freight Train Music Pty Limited

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Inspirational!

Great listen, you actually feel like you are getting to know Jimmy and the world he rolls in.
If you have ever wondered why addicts and alcoholics do what they do or how some people can be spiritually bereft dispite being outwardly successful t hgen this is the book for you.
do not be put oiff be Jimmy filling the narrators spot at it lends the book authenticity and rest assured that Jimmy attacks the job with gusto.
He isn't as smooth as a professional actor but he was better than solid and really sounded good.
Do yourself a favour

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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a superb listen. Couldn't put these books down.

I thoroughly enjoyed these two books. There is so much more to his life than I was previously aware. I especially appreciated the raw honesty - it feels like Jimmy has laid it all bare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Tragedy

Oh sorry, that’s the Bee Gees. In all a good narrative that is reflective of an emotional mind that remains in turmoil whilst also recovering. No one gets away scot free in life and this is a prime example. In truth, I feel sorry for the bloke - there is a lot of negatives floating in his wake. Lucky he has a few positives that are solid as bedrock.

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fantastic second chapter to an amazing story.

the second installment was everything i expected and more. loved it, cried , laughed and thoroughly enjoyed it

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amazing life

loved it ! what a struggle he has had and come out the other side to tell his story.

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Outstanding and raw

Especially hard hitting being so raw and having jimmy Barnes doing the narrative. Such a roller coaster, but you hav to read working class boy first.

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Aussie survivor

a truthful heart wrenching story of survival in a tough industry. Money and fame don't always bring happiness. so glad he made his way through it to be able to share his love with his family.

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Incredible Book

This book.....I couldn't put it down.
I identified with this story. It is the expression of early trauma and how it manifests as an adult.
Thank you Jimmy for your courage to bring this story to everyone.
I had a real learning experience and was thrown back to my youth .
Five stars mate.

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2nd book

never heard of cold chisel before these books. but a great read, thank you jimmy for opening up

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absoulutly amazing

was the best read story by a legend of the art of great music love you barnsy

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  • Julian
  • 08-11-2018

Inspirational!

Great listen, you actually feel like you are getting to know Jimmy and the world he rolls in.
If you have ever wondered why addicts and alcoholics do what they do or how some people can be spiritually bereft dispite being outwardly successful t hgen this is the book for you.
do not be put oiff be Jimmy filling the narrators spot at it lends the book authenticity and rest assured that Jimmy attacks the job with gusto.
He isn't as smooth as a professional actor but he was better than solid and really sounded good.
Do yourself a favour

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brett
  • 09-11-2018

a superb listen. Couldn't put these books down.

I thoroughly enjoyed these two books. There is so much more to his life than I was previously aware. I especially appreciated the raw honesty - it feels like Jimmy has laid it all bare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Haydn
  • 13-12-2018

Tragedy

Oh sorry, that’s the Bee Gees. In all a good narrative that is reflective of an emotional mind that remains in turmoil whilst also recovering. No one gets away scot free in life and this is a prime example. In truth, I feel sorry for the bloke - there is a lot of negatives floating in his wake. Lucky he has a few positives that are solid as bedrock.

  • Overall
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2018

fantastic second chapter to an amazing story.

the second installment was everything i expected and more. loved it, cried , laughed and thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scoxy
  • 09-12-2018

amazing life

loved it ! what a struggle he has had and come out the other side to tell his story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2018

Outstanding and raw

Especially hard hitting being so raw and having jimmy Barnes doing the narrative. Such a roller coaster, but you hav to read working class boy first.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2018

Aussie survivor

a truthful heart wrenching story of survival in a tough industry. Money and fame don't always bring happiness. so glad he made his way through it to be able to share his love with his family.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • james
  • 01-12-2018

Incredible Book

This book.....I couldn't put it down.
I identified with this story. It is the expression of early trauma and how it manifests as an adult.
Thank you Jimmy for your courage to bring this story to everyone.
I had a real learning experience and was thrown back to my youth .
Five stars mate.

  • Overall
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  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

2nd book

never heard of cold chisel before these books. but a great read, thank you jimmy for opening up

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Clint
  • 29-11-2018

absoulutly amazing

was the best read story by a legend of the art of great music love you barnsy

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Julian
  • 08-11-2018

Inspirational!

Great listen, you actually feel like you are getting to know Jimmy and the world he rolls in.
If you have ever wondered why addicts and alcoholics do what they do or how some people can be spiritually bereft dispite being outwardly successful t hgen this is the book for you.
do not be put oiff be Jimmy filling the narrators spot at it lends the book authenticity and rest assured that Jimmy attacks the job with gusto.
He isn't as smooth as a professional actor but he was better than solid and really sounded good.
Do yourself a favour

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brett
  • 09-11-2018

a superb listen. Couldn't put these books down.

I thoroughly enjoyed these two books. There is so much more to his life than I was previously aware. I especially appreciated the raw honesty - it feels like Jimmy has laid it all bare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Haydn
  • 13-12-2018

Tragedy

Oh sorry, that’s the Bee Gees. In all a good narrative that is reflective of an emotional mind that remains in turmoil whilst also recovering. No one gets away scot free in life and this is a prime example. In truth, I feel sorry for the bloke - there is a lot of negatives floating in his wake. Lucky he has a few positives that are solid as bedrock.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2018

fantastic second chapter to an amazing story.

the second installment was everything i expected and more. loved it, cried , laughed and thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scoxy
  • 09-12-2018

amazing life

loved it ! what a struggle he has had and come out the other side to tell his story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2018

Outstanding and raw

Especially hard hitting being so raw and having jimmy Barnes doing the narrative. Such a roller coaster, but you hav to read working class boy first.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2018

Aussie survivor

a truthful heart wrenching story of survival in a tough industry. Money and fame don't always bring happiness. so glad he made his way through it to be able to share his love with his family.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • james
  • 01-12-2018

Incredible Book

This book.....I couldn't put it down.
I identified with this story. It is the expression of early trauma and how it manifests as an adult.
Thank you Jimmy for your courage to bring this story to everyone.
I had a real learning experience and was thrown back to my youth .
Five stars mate.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

2nd book

never heard of cold chisel before these books. but a great read, thank you jimmy for opening up

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Clint
  • 29-11-2018

absoulutly amazing

was the best read story by a legend of the art of great music love you barnsy