An Aussie Legend Makes Peace With His Past

Published on 16 October 2017

As the inimitable king of Aussie pub-rock, Jimmy Barnes became a legend.

Although he may be an icon of the Australian music industry – a wild, unstoppable force both on the stage and in the charts – the story of Jimmy Barnes is one of humble beginnings and hard knocks. Barnes’ autobiography, Working Class Boy, is the story of a traumatic childhood, rough Glaswegian teenager in the working-class suburbs of Adelaide, and an energetic young man burning to leave.

The second volume of his memoir, Working Class Man, picks up where the critically acclaimed bestselling first volume left off. Jimmy has just left Adelaide in the back of a truck with little known band Cold Chisel. The rest, as they say, is history.

Working Class Man is as raw as Barnes’ stage performances – an unflinching and compelling reflection on the triumphs and pitfalls of fame, excess, addiction and family. It is at once searingly honest, harrowing, and darkly funny. This a man making peace with his demons, and a legend bearing his soul.

Barnes will be appearing in the flesh at Robinsons Bookshop on November the 2nd from 1-2.30pm to sign copies of Working Class Man. Get in early and meet the man himself.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we've got three signed copies of Working Class Man to giveaway.


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