THE SEQUEL TO THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER 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 bestseller, 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, across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try and put things right.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Leave it to Jimmy Barnes to singlehandedly upend the rock-star memoir. The legendary rocker follows up 2016’s unflinching Working Class Boy with a soul-searching account of the drinks, drugs and self-loathing that have dogged his adult life. While there are plenty of juicy revelations about Cold Chisel’s fabled rise to fame, Barnesy balances accounts of pub-forged beginnings and stadium-conquering glory days with a hard look at his mistakes along the way. And after so long battling the darkness, the musician emerges with a renewed appreciation for what matters—and turns a corner that we found surprisingly universal.
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Working Class Read
Whether you are a fan or not it's a book well worth reading. I laughed and cried. It's not always easy to read but the love he had for Jane and his kids is what got him through. A great talent and a great story teller. Thanks Jimmy for sharing your story
Jimmy Barnes, Working Class Man.
Once again another awesome book about this great man. The life he led, music career, family life. Thanks once again for sharing your journey. Hoping for a third.
Leaves an impact
The raw honesty of this memoir leaves you feeling like you’ve been through the wringer with Jimmy and come out the other end. It’s the type of book that sits within you even after you’ve put it down. I enjoyed the insight into the songwriting process and meeting the who’s who of the Australian music industry.