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|Title||:||Working Class Boy|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
July 15, 2017
By rights, Jimmy Barnes should be dead and pickled, with his organs shrivelled by drugs. He certainly did everything possible to escape the pain of the hell that was his lot from birth.
Quick to act, quicker to react, he is lucky to have survived the violence inflicted on him or instigated by...
October 09, 2016
I picked up this book as a fan of Barnesy and Cold Chisel, and I guess expecting a story of the man behind the band, how they came to be, anecdotes from thd road, that type of thing.
What I got instead, however, was the hard hitting story of a boy growing up poor, in a house filled with violence a...
November 19, 2016
I loved the ease of this book. It is written in what I would describe as an "Australian Style" of story telling. It would have taken some bravery for Jimmy Barnes to share his life story. As a reader, I thank him for that, because his book enriched me. If I had more time, I could have easily read...
October 07, 2016
This is an amazing journey through immigration, alcoholism, domestic violence, anger, torment and fear. The descriptions of the people in Jimmy’s early life are wonderfully drawn and I think I fell in love with the shining light of Reg along the way – what an angel. I laughed and cried as I could...
January 05, 2018
This book went straight to my favourites list. no hesitation.
A raw, touching, sad and engaging memoir by a legend in the music industry. I grew up with Cold Chisel and Jimmy Barnes music. The music and lyrics are a part of my childhood and are attached to many of my own memories.
I feel grateful t...
September 18, 2017
I couldn't review this book straight away. It left me chilled and electrified. It left me speechless. I am going to try to write a review because I can't not say that I loved this book, but I don't really know how well it will turn out. I'm still coming to grips with it.
For those who don't know (...
January 01, 2017
Nowadays Australians and New Zealanders are totally familiar with the name Jimmy Barnes through his exploits as lead singer with Cold Chisel followed by a stellar career as a solo artist. None of the esteem in which he is mostly held could prepare you for the story of his upbringing in Working Cl...
April 09, 2017
I was really lucky to have the opportunity to read this book all at once in a night and day. This allowed me to immerse myself in the story completely, and to love it. Not all memoirs follow a nice, clear narrative arc, and this one begins in a disjointed fashion, which made me turn back at times...
January 08, 2017
Giving this 5 stars for sheer, raw honesty rather than technique. Jimmy is not an author and it shows in the sometimes jumbled nature of this book. He wrote that it took a year for him to sort through all the stories and you can sense how cathartic that was. The term 'working class' can mean so m...
January 05, 2017
So it seems many people loved this book, for me it was okay! Clearly he had a very bleak and rough childhood, and if it had not been for Reg Barnes, and meeting certain people, who helped him find his way into music, goodness knows where he would have ended up!
I read this in 48 hours, not because...