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by Barnes, Jimmy

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TitleWorking class boy
Author / Responsible partyBarnes, Jimmy
TopicsBiography. Barnes, Jimmy -- Childhood and youth. Immigrants -- Scotland -- Biography. Rock musicians -- Australia -- Biography. Adelaide (S.A.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


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.

Additional Information

System control numberE13473
Original Print PublisherSydney, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2016.
Narrator NameJimmy Barnes.
Participant or performer noteJimmy Barnes.
Contains Strong/Coarse languageStrong language
Narrators GenderMale narrator
Contains Sexual ContentSexual Content
Contains Violent ContentGraphic Violence