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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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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 OzPubRock - 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.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 384p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 19 September 2016
      ISBN: 9781460752135

Works about this Work

Barnsey Digs Soul Deep for His Life Story 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 March 2016; (p. 9)
'Jimmy Barnes was halfway through writing his autobiography two decades ago when a burglar stole his laptop.He attempted another draft at the turn of the millennium as he battled drug addiction but aborted the book because he wasn’t being candid about his demons.Barnes (pictured) has finally finished the first instalment of his life story, Working Class Boy, ...'
Jimmy Hits the Books Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2016; (p. 23)
Barnesy's Mea Culpa for a Life on the Run Rod Moran , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 September 2016; (p. 7)
Jimmy Barnes Says Rosie Batty Inspired Ugly Truths in His New Memoir Working Class Boy Rob Moran , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 September 2016;
'"He doesn't look a day older than he did when I saw him play Wollongong in '93," a roving courier tells a shop assistant, nodding towards Jimmy Barnes, who was seated, fittingly enough, between the Australian Fiction and True Crime aisles, as he launched his new memoir Working Class Boy in a Sydney Dymocks today. ...'
Barnesy's Must-Read Book on Blokes, Booze and Violence Alan Stokes , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 September 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Working-class Boy Barnesy Bares Soul as Flame Trees Traps Our Youth in Amber Caroline Overington , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
In from the Cold Iain Shedden , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 4)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes Outsells Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 7 October 2016;
'Working Class Boy went straight to No.1 on the BookScan bestseller list and HarperCollins publishing director, Shona Martyn, says the book sold "a massive 16,266 in its first week – the sort of number that you would expect of a top 10 bestseller in Christmas week". ...'
Do More, Says Barnes 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 October 2016; (p. 7)
With High Hopes Michael Dwyer , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Jimmy Barnes : The Untold Story it's Very Difficult but it's Cathartic David Campbell , 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 11 September 2016; (p. 74)
Sad Songs David Free , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 November 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Barnesy's Must-Read Book on Blokes, Booze and Violence Alan Stokes , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 September 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Working-class Boy Barnesy Bares Soul as Flame Trees Traps Our Youth in Amber Caroline Overington , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
In from the Cold Iain Shedden , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 4)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
With High Hopes Michael Dwyer , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Sad Songs David Free , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 November 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes 2016 single work autobiography
Barnsey Digs Soul Deep for His Life Story 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 March 2016; (p. 9)
'Jimmy Barnes was halfway through writing his autobiography two decades ago when a burglar stole his laptop.He attempted another draft at the turn of the millennium as he battled drug addiction but aborted the book because he wasn’t being candid about his demons.Barnes (pictured) has finally finished the first instalment of his life story, Working Class Boy, ...'
Jimmy Hits the Books Antimo Iannella , Anna Vlach , Matt Gilbertson , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2016; (p. 23)
Barnesy's Mea Culpa for a Life on the Run Rod Moran , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 September 2016; (p. 7)
Jimmy Barnes Says Rosie Batty Inspired Ugly Truths in His New Memoir Working Class Boy Rob Moran , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 September 2016;
'"He doesn't look a day older than he did when I saw him play Wollongong in '93," a roving courier tells a shop assistant, nodding towards Jimmy Barnes, who was seated, fittingly enough, between the Australian Fiction and True Crime aisles, as he launched his new memoir Working Class Boy in a Sydney Dymocks today. ...'
Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes Outsells Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 7 October 2016;
'Working Class Boy went straight to No.1 on the BookScan bestseller list and HarperCollins publishing director, Shona Martyn, says the book sold "a massive 16,266 in its first week – the sort of number that you would expect of a top 10 bestseller in Christmas week". ...'
Do More, Says Barnes 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 October 2016; (p. 7)
Jimmy Barnes : The Untold Story it's Very Difficult but it's Cathartic David Campbell , 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 11 September 2016; (p. 74)
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