Working Class Boy

Working Class Boy Long before Cold Chisel long before Barnesy there was the true story of James Dixon SwanA household name an Australian rock icon the elder statesman of Ozrock there isn t an accolade or cliche th

Working class Definitions As with many terms describing social class, working class is defined and used in many different ways The most general definition, used by Marxists and many socialists, is that the working class includes all those who have nothing to sell but their labour power and skills.In that sense it includes both white and blue collar workers, manual and mental workers of all types Working Class Man Working Class Man is a song performed and made famous by Australian singer Jimmy Barnes It was written by Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain Working Class Man is generally considered Barnes signature song as a solo artist. Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy documentary opens August JIMMY Barnes was enjoying one of those golden games of golf when he sliced the ball into the cemetery next to the course It was a couple of days after a preview screening of the Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man Lyrics MetroLyrics Lyrics to Working class man by Jimmy Barnes working hard to make a living bringing shelter from the rain a father s son left to carry on blue denim in Chavs The Demonization of the Working Class Owen Jones Chavs The Demonization of the Working Class Owen Jones on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working class life in contemporary Britain In modern Britain JOHN LENNON Working Class Hero Music Comment All Discs are inspected and guaranteed All dispatched with working days from the UK How working class women won the vote isj Liddington and Norris, .The term Suffragettes usually refers to the women involved in the Women s Social and Political Union which was militant, while the term Suffragist refers to the women around the National Union of Women s Suffrage Societies which was moderate. chav Wiktionary Nov , Britain, derogatory, offensive A working class youth, especially one associated with aggression, poor education, and a perceived common taste in clothing and lifestyle , Giving the poor a good kicking , The Economist, Jun His book concerns chavs , a supposed underclass of ill educated, fast breeding, violent and Michael Moore EXPOSED He sends his child to a private school no sense associating with the working class and has some trouble associating with them himself The New York Post reported on a tantrum he threw in London Then, on his second to last night, Michael Moore raged against everyone connected with the Roundhouse and complained that he was being paid a measly a night. Artist Pete McKee on painting Britain s working class in a When Pete McKee gave away his artworks in exchange for food bank donations last month, the queue in his home city of Sheffield snaked around the block They didn t just come down with a couple of

  • Title: Working Class Boy
  • Author: Jimmy Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781460752135
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Long before Cold Chisel, long before Barnesy , there was the true story of James Dixon SwanA household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock 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 SwanLong before Cold Chisel, long before Barnesy , there was the true story of James Dixon SwanA household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock 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 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 After 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 also 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.Nothing will prepare you for the power of Jimmy s memoir A fierce, graphic, bawdy account of his working class childhood truly harrowing , and yet often tender and funny I couldn t put it down because, above all, it is also a story of resilience and bravery Sam NeillVisceral, brave, honest it is like Angela s Ashes meets Trainspotting only brutal A deep, guttural howl of a book, it speaks of the pain and hurt that haunt so many men And it may just save lives Magda Szubanski

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    1. 3.5★By rights, Jimmy Barnes should be dead and pickled, with his organs shrivelled by drugs. He certainly did everything possible to escape the pain of the hell that was his lot from birth. Quick to act, quicker to react, he is lucky to have survived the violence inflicted on him or instigated by him before finding the success and family that he now enjoys.“. . . as usual there is a nagging voice in the back of my head screaming, ‘You don’t deserve to be happy, you are no good.’ I have [...]

    2. I picked up this book as a fan of Barnesy and Cold Chisel, and I guess expecting a story of the man behind the band, how they came to be, anecdotes from thd road, that type of thing.What I got instead, however, was the hard hitting story of a boy growing up poor, in a house filled with violence and neglect, struggling to survive and find his place in the world. The rock star was a mere mention in the last few chapters.Heartbreaking reading, and a book that was difficult to put down.

    3. I loved the ease of this book. It is written in what I would describe as an "Australian Style" of story telling. It would have taken some bravery for Jimmy Barnes to share his life story. As a reader, I thank him for that, because his book enriched me. If I had more time, I could have easily read this in one day. It is an enjoyable read and it flows very well. This book has enabled me to reflect on my own life. I come from a low socio-economic background in housing commission (similar to Trust h [...]

    4. This is an amazing journey through immigration, alcoholism, domestic violence, anger, torment and fear. The descriptions of the people in Jimmy’s early life are wonderfully drawn and I think I fell in love with the shining light of Reg along the way – what an angel. I laughed and cried as I could feel Jimmy’s torment, love and tears in every word. It’s certainly a page turner and I can’t wait for the next book.

    5. This book went straight to my favourites list. no hesitation.A raw, touching, sad and engaging memoir by a legend in the music industry. I grew up with Cold Chisel and Jimmy Barnes music. The music and lyrics are a part of my childhood and are attached to many of my own memories.I feel grateful to have read this account of Jimmy's youth. What a harrowing experience it must have been for him to re-live his childhood and send it out into the world for all to read.The sprinkling of humour throughou [...]

    6. I couldn't review this book straight away. It left me chilled and electrified. It left me speechless. I am going to try to write a review because I can't not say that I loved this book, but I don't really know how well it will turn out. I'm still coming to grips with it.For those who don't know (that is, aren't Australian, because all Australians know), Jimmy Barnes is a hard rocker (with all the trappings), famous as the lead singer of Cold Chisel and performing Australia's unofficial national [...]

    7. Nowadays Australians and New Zealanders are totally familiar with the name Jimmy Barnes through his exploits as lead singer with Cold Chisel followed by a stellar career as a solo artist. None of the esteem in which he is mostly held could prepare you for the story of his upbringing in Working Class Boy, a title suggested to him by his friend Crowded House star, Neil Finn, after Jimmy's hit song Working Class Man.In this memoir we soon discover that the early life of James Swan was brutal and vi [...]

    8. I was really lucky to have the opportunity to read this book all at once in a night and day. This allowed me to immerse myself in the story completely, and to love it. Not all memoirs follow a nice, clear narrative arc, and this one begins in a disjointed fashion, which made me turn back at times thinking I'd missed what I needed to know, but then it flows into a more linear story which was easier to follow. There were many gaps and silences in the story that suggest that the experiences of the [...]

    9. Giving this 5 stars for sheer, raw honesty rather than technique. Jimmy is not an author and it shows in the sometimes jumbled nature of this book. He wrote that it took a year for him to sort through all the stories and you can sense how cathartic that was. The term 'working class' can mean so many things and I never imagined the 'tough' childhood Jimmy had occasionally mentioned in passing in interviews was quite this brutal. It makes your heart hurt. What a life, and what a miracle that he su [...]

    10. So it seems many people loved this book, for me it was okay! Clearly he had a very bleak and rough childhood, and if it had not been for Reg Barnes, and meeting certain people, who helped him find his way into music, goodness knows where he would have ended up!I read this in 48 hours, not because it was hard to put down, but because I wanted it over!Would I recommend this book, yes to a major fan of Jimmy Barnes, but to someone who wasn't, probably not!I will say this, if he writes a book about [...]

    11. This was an interesting read. I grew up watching Cold Chisel on a Saturday night at the local pubs. I knew he partied hard and had the Rock n Roll lifestyle but I didn't realise how much of this was because of his childhood. I enjoyed the book, but just felt by the end there was too much about him and his mates fighting and beating up whoever they wanted to. I didn't realise that this book was just about his childhood and it finished when he just joined Cold Chisel, so am looking forward to the [...]

    12. If I'd known a second book is to be released, I wouldn't have bothered with this one and just read the second. This book could easily be condensed to two or three chapters and thereby only one book would have be necessary. I found the first half so repetitive. I am however, looking forward to the next book "the rock & roll years" though.

    13. I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. Was fascinated by immigrant life in Elizabeth. In several parts, I admired Barnesy's honesty and openness. Heard he's writing the next memoir, which he says is tougher than this one. Looking forward to that one.

    14. This is an immensely emotional, and one suspects, cathartic book as Barnes looks unflinchingly at the violence, alcoholism and poverty that obliterated most of his childhood. I haven't seen reviews from others who grew up around Adelaide's northern suburbs, but I found reading this a deeply upsetting experience, as the ferocity of Barnes' anger and disgust often feels lodged in the suburb of Elizabeth itself. As a memoir, it is courageous and impactful, but I can't help feeling a twinge at the k [...]

    15. As the title suggests this book covers Jimmy Barnes early life. I'm not a Cold Chisel or Barnesy fan but I'd heard good things about this biography and his harrowing childhood and family life growing up in SA after his family emigrated from Scotland . I think this book could have been condensed into about 6 chapters, some of it just wasn't that interesting. Jimmy wrote that this was the book he needed to write, before he writes the story of his career, fame, marriage and family. I'm just too sur [...]

    16. I would never have read this book were it not for recommendations, and I would have really missed something. I’ve been expounding Jimmy Barnes' memoir to anyone who will listen (and possibly boring a few in the process) but for anyone from Australia, and particularly from Adelaide, this book is likely to be an eye-opener. It’s a miracle and so much to his credit that he made it through.

    17. This is an astonishing autobiography of a desperate childhood and adolescence, fuelled by alcohol, drugs, sex and violence. It’s a miracle Jimmy and his siblings lived through it. But survive they did, a testament to the enduring and brave human spirit. And maybe sheer dumb luck. Makes me want to read the next book

    18. I don't really like to rate people's story-everyone has one. But Jimmy Barnes opened his heart and soul in this book. I felt so many emotions reading this. It really is surprising he is still alive. I think my eyes were also opened to how some people really live-not just in 3rd world countries-here in Australia. I can't wait for his next book.

    19. Although this book has all the elements of a misery memoir – domestic violence, alcoholism, deprivation, drug abuse etc “Working Class Boy” is more than that – it is the story of a young man yearning to escape. Filled with dark humour to temper the trauma of his childhood, Barnes tells some yarns that puts you right inside his head, (yarns to make your hair curl) allowing you to discover how Australia’s favourite rocker came to be the man he is today. “Working Class Boy” begins wit [...]

    20. Loved it!Best autobiography I have read in years!I felt like Jimmy was actually telling me his story face to face.Whilst he is a Glaswegian to his core, many of his childhood experiences resonate with this Sydney born girl.He's a man of my own generation & I understood exactly what he was saying.Can't wait for the next book.

    21. Oh, I'm so torn about this one. * It's a great story and it was good to have the man himself read his own book out loud to me in this Bolinda Audio Book version. * AND it was laudable to have the man write about himself warts and all.* BUT I can't help thinking the book would have benefited from a good editor. No doubt the publishers/editors decided to stay close to the real Jimmy Barnes's voice and style to go for greater authenticity. I look forward to reading other reviewers' thoughts on this [...]

    22. I inveterately read books in both the audio and hardcopy format, I have just finished listening to Jimmy Barnes’s Working Class Boy in the author’s own gravelly and unmistakable voice and accent. Born in Glasgow and growing up in Adelaide’s North, the Port, and on the LeFevre Peninsula, Jimmy did it tough. One can’t fail but marvel that Jim survived his childhood and adolescence; I think he’s somewhat surprised himself. In sparse but ultimately lyrical prose, with an excellent nod to t [...]

    23. I enjoyed the book. He has survived a violent, impoverished childhood. Don’t know how really though we will find out how well in vol 2 Working Class Man. Planning to read that too. Could have done without the 101 ways to punch on, kick heads, smash heads with motorbike helmets, etc. I got the picture about what life was like in the streets over and over. Family life was truly sad. Loved reading about Reg and glad there was a positive role model in there somewhere. Also appreciated the authenti [...]

    24. I liked it. its a shame he didn't do his whole life but I guess that's why its working class boy. will be good to read the second book he brings out. just a good interesting read. hard life and good to see he made something amazing with it. Well done Jimmy.

    25. What a shocking biography! It seems that Jimmy Barnes didn't want to hide anything.He really opened his life to all the people who want to read this book. No shame and no regrets. My favorite person in this book was Reg. Some people are really great and even when they die they stay in the memories of many people. Loved that Reg, especially when he talked to Jimmy:"Son".Doesn't surprise me that J. Barnes took his family name.I have to admit I never listened Jimmy Barnes's singing. So cannot say a [...]

    26. Very readable account in which JB responds to his appalling childhood by making life appalling for those around him. Like many others, I'm looking forward to part two, so that I can be appalled all over again.

    27. A brave and brutally honest autobiography. I listened to the book as an audiobook with Jimmy narrating the story himself. A story of beauty that comes from brokenness and disorder. I love brave honesty. Thanks Jimmy B.

    28. Great book and what a wonderful man telling his life story.It just shows regardless of your upbringing you can still come out on top.Really enjoyed this book.

    29. When I was 10 years old, my drum teacher would tell me stories of Jimmy Barnes beating him and other band members up on a regular basis. Reading this book has helped me partly understand why.It is unlike any “rock biography or memoir” I have ever read - and I’ve read a lot. Jimmy has truly bared his soul in writing this, which is so refreshing among books of this type. In fact, barely any music-talk features in this book. So if you’re after wild rock n roll stories of Cold Chisel, you ma [...]

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