Working Class Boy by Jimmy BarnesLong before Cold Chisel, long before Barnesy, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan
A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isnt an accolade or cliche that doesnt 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 rocknroll 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 Barness 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 familys collapse, but also of a young boys dream to escape the misery of the suburbs with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join a rocknroll band and get out of town for good.
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy
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W hen people reflect on a particular time and place important to their lives, they often discuss how it affected their senses — recalling smells, textures, the weather. In Working Class Boy the subject — year-old Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes — remembers the smell of mud and smoke and the texture of soot-coloured buildings in Glasgow, where he spent his earliest years. Barnes recalls feeling cold, hungry and afraid. His mother had five children by the time she was 21 and their family lived in a rough-as-guts community ravaged by poverty and alcoholism. Cold Chisel fans may see Working Class Boy as a mixed blessing: lots about the man; little about the band.
Working Class Boy is a Australian documentary film about the life of Jimmy Barnes , based on the memoir of the same name. The film looks on one of Australia's most legendary and iconic artists; his traumatic childhood, fuelled with domestic violence, poverty and alcoholism and his evolution from James Dixon Swan to Jimmy Barnes. The film will also features musical performances with his children Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell , as well as his brother-in-law, Diesel. Barnes told news. I wanted it to be true to the book.