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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Working Class Man
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'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.' (Publication summary)

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form y separately published work icon The Book Club [December 2017] Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2017 15262028 2017 film/TV

For the final episode of The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne joins regular panelists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, and guests Michael Williams and Benjamin Law. The panellists discuss "Five of the Best" from 2017, and best books as voted by readers. They are joined by Jimmy Barnes for a musical performance.

Everything and Nothing David Free , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 November 2017; (p. 22)

— Review of Working Class Man Jimmy Barnes , 2017 single work autobiography

'Last year Jimmy Barnes published Working Class Boy, the opening instalment of a memoir that proved too long, and too thorny, to be contained in a single volume. That first book, which broke off just as Barnes was joining a nascent Adelaide band called Cold Chisel, was astonishing in several ways. It told the story of a childhood that seemed to have been ripped from the most baroquely grim Dickens novel and transplanted to the suburbs of 1960s Australia. And it found a starkly effective language in which to tell that story: a stripped-back prose, full of jagged stops and starts.' (Introduction)

Jimmy Barnes Confronts His Demons : 'For 40 Years, I Was Drinking Myself to Death' Jenny Valentish , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 October 2017;

Jimmy Barnes confronts his demons: 'For 40 years, I was drinking myself to death'

Everything and Nothing David Free , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 November 2017; (p. 22)

— Review of Working Class Man Jimmy Barnes , 2017 single work autobiography

'Last year Jimmy Barnes published Working Class Boy, the opening instalment of a memoir that proved too long, and too thorny, to be contained in a single volume. That first book, which broke off just as Barnes was joining a nascent Adelaide band called Cold Chisel, was astonishing in several ways. It told the story of a childhood that seemed to have been ripped from the most baroquely grim Dickens novel and transplanted to the suburbs of 1960s Australia. And it found a starkly effective language in which to tell that story: a stripped-back prose, full of jagged stops and starts.' (Introduction)

Jimmy Barnes Confronts His Demons : 'For 40 Years, I Was Drinking Myself to Death' Jenny Valentish , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 October 2017;

Jimmy Barnes confronts his demons: 'For 40 years, I was drinking myself to death'

form y separately published work icon The Book Club [December 2017] Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2017 15262028 2017 film/TV

For the final episode of The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne joins regular panelists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, and guests Michael Williams and Benjamin Law. The panellists discuss "Five of the Best" from 2017, and best books as voted by readers. They are joined by Jimmy Barnes for a musical performance.

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