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The sequel to the number one best seller, Jimmy Barnes' unforgettable childhood memoir, Working Class Boy.  

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 best seller, 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 and across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years, this is a story about how it’s never too late to try to put things right.

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an even better sequel

thoroughly enjoyable.
Jimmy's someone who gave the phrase 'burning the candle at both ends' , a whole new meaning.
a fascinating story though.
good times, bad times, redemption,& a true family man

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What a journey

Thoroughly enjoyable trip down musical memory lane. And a dark journey from child to grandad

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  • Cal
  • 21-03-20

true title . . .

bare bones, gritty and sometimes brutal account of a life lived by the lad of a poor immigrant family.
this could be the story of any one of the families living in an outer suburban area of Australia.
being read by the author gives it an authenticity that makes the recounting easy to listen to and which I found myself looking forward to picking up again . . .
regardless of your interest in Cold Chisel or Jimmy Barnes I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to listen to.

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  • Guy Venturi
  • 08-10-19

Reality avoidance or drugged artificial reality?

Jimmy continues to describe his life and adventures as a rock singer as he travels the world seeking relief from the pain of childhood and all the running since then when nothing helps for long. Family provides minimal stability and friends join in the party. See how the rich and famous live. And die. And try to change.

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  • John
  • 18-08-19

Barnes you great man

It takes a lot of courage to face up to the past. Most of us just can't do it for whatever reason.
Jimmy Barnes has laid his life out for all to read, he has been honest and straight to the point.
I tkae my hat of to you Jimmy. Thank you.

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  • Hansson
  • 28-05-19

frank and honest

I loved listening to Barnes tell his story. Extremely honest and frank, and raw, I never knew how much he struggled through his life but have always appreciated the soulfulness of his storytelling as a vocalist.
I especially loved hearing about the music industry in Australia with so many familiar names that have shaped the industry today. Really well done.

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  • Peter
  • 28-11-18

awesome

Loved it. What a tough life. Thanks for sharing Jimmy. It was an eye opener to say the least.