The Courier-Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

IF you thought Jimmy Barnes’ pow­er­ful lungs were enough to jolt you out of your seat at a gig, wait un­til you hear his warm-up.

The revered Aussie rocker gave fans a rare glimpse of his pre-gig screa­mathon at the launch for the up­com­ing sec­ond in­stal­ment of his mem­oirs, Work­ing Class Man.

The se­quel to the best­selling Work­ing Class Boy charts the rise of Cold Chisel and his solo ca­reer and the dam­age wrought by his sex, drugs and rock’n’roll life­style on him­self and his fam­ily. In the pref­ace to the new book, Barnes writes the abuse he suf­fered as a child would have a last­ing ef­fect on the man.

Through­out his highs and lows, Barnes (pic­tured) cred­its the unconditional love of his fam­ily and reach­ing out for pro­fes­sional help, for help­ing heal the scars of his vi­o­lent and pover­tys­tricken up­bring­ing de­tailed in Work­ing Class Boy.

“I used to think that if some­one asked for help they were weak,” he writes. “But the tough­est thing I ever did was reach out and ask for help. And that was when I started to heal. It took courage.”

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