Working Class Boy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Raw, gritty, compassionate, surprising and darkly funny - Australian legend Jimmy Barnes' unforgettable childhood memoir.
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 cliché 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 that fuelled the excess and recklessness which 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' 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 of a family's collapse, but it is also the story of 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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 August 2017|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 344 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Rock Music (Books)
1 in Biographies of Rock Musicians
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Also, there were parts that just didn't add up. He keeps talking about how poor they were, 'below the poverty line'. Yet if his father was a British boxing champion, he must have got around the country. And Barnes says his stepfather taught him to drive 'in an almost brand new Corolla'. Then the family's best friends, that theyviisited all the time, had a swimming pool. And the father was able to drink himmself unconscious, yet still have money in his pocket, money that his son could steal, and he didn't even miss it. I did not enjoy the book at all. One morning while I was reading it, Barnes appeared on ';Sunrise'. I switched the TV off. The book is not a good advertisement for him.
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I grew up in Glasgow in the 70`s and can relate to much of his upbringing. The story is quite harrowing both from his life in Glasgow, then his experience of growing up in Australia, which seemed like a very violent time in the areas he was staying in.
Add to this, his alcoholic father and a mother trying to do her best with no money coming in and the struggle trying to feed and clothe his brothers and sisters. This is not a story of a happy childhood and Jimmys singing career doesn`t really kick in until the end of the book but the tale lets you know where Jimmy is coming from. I will buy the 2nd part of the story sometime.
Jimmy's emergence to succeed and to overcome is inspirational. Loved it. Thanks for sharing and can't wait for the next one.
rated this with 'Angela's Ashes " , can't wait for the second part - Working Class Man !