Volume 2 of Jimmy Barnes’ enormous, turbulent life is now out in bookstores across Australia. In this exclusive interview, Cheryl Akle traces the origins of the man’s life, revealing the complexities and contradictions that dominated his rock’n’roll years of Cold Chisel. A family man. A drinker. Hedonist. Caring husband.
With grace and wisdom, Jimmy Barnes has announced himself as a skilled memoirist. Working Class Man is a memoir of running out of time, beginning with Cold Chisel leaving Adelaide with high hopes of making it in the music scene.
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.
Duration: 40 mins.
Jimmy Barnes was born in Scotland but calls Australia home. He has sold over 12 million albums and has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice.
His career, both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist of the legendary band Cold Chisel, has made him one of the most successful and distinctive artists in Australian music history.
A prolific songwriter and performer, Jimmy has been a storyteller for more than forty years; sharing his life and passions with Australians of all ages at over ten thousand gigs throughout his adopted homeland.