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Working Class Boy

Working Class Boy
 

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 th... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781460753415
Barcode 9781460753415
Release Date 1 August 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barnes, Jimmy

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ISBN-13 9781460753415
ISBN-10 1460753410
Stock Release date is 1 August 2017
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Release Date 1 August 2017
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barnes, Jimmy
Category Rock & Pop Music
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Australian
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 558g
Dewey Code 782.42166092;782.42166092
Catalogue Code 760231

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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 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.

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