Win: Jimmy Barnes pack
Yes folks, the legend that is Jimmy Barnes is coming to Hamilton with his first spoken word tour.
This unique live theatrical production is a companion piece to the eagerly anticipated and recently released first volume of his memoirs— Working Class
Boy, and we have a copy up for grabs along with a copy of his latest and aptly named CD Soul Searchin’, the fourth and definitive instalment in Jimmy Barnes’ tribute to the music that made him want to be a singer in the first place.
Soul Searchin’ is Jimmy Barnes searching out the people and places and forgotten songs that helped shape him as an artist. The ultimate result is a thumping set of great classic soul songs from the 50s and 60s that most of us have never heard before.
Backed by some of the best players on the planet, Jimmy ventures beyond the standards of trad soul and R&B to uncover a selection of forgotten gems that he very much makes his own.
The book, on the other hand, was written entirely by Jimmy Barnes. It tells the raw and confronting story of fleeing the poverty of Scotland only to endure violence and abuse as an immigrant in the suburbs of Adelaide.
The book explains what drove Jimmy to ultimately escape everything via rock’n’roll and its associated lifestyle. Fittingly, the childhood memoir ends with an 18-yearold Jimmy and the fellow members of his new band, Cold Chisel, fleeing South Australia in the back of a truck full of musical equipment.
This special live event will see Jimmy sharing stories from his troubled childhood and delinquent adolescence. It will also see him accompanied by his musical companions, delivering intimate performances, of some key songs drawn from his earliest years. Expect lots of storytelling providing a real insight into the events that shaped Jimmy’s life and his music
“Just like the book, this live show will tell the story of an imperfect childhood that has led to me becoming an imperfect adult,” said Jimmy.
“I spent most of my life running from my childhood and now it seems like my time to face it. So this is the story of a lifetime spent running away. Running from fear. Running from shame but at the same time running from hope. I’m not running anymore.”
Tickets from Ticketek.
Jimmy Barnes’ book— WorkingClass
Boy plus CD— SoulSearchin’. Barnes performs Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs, Claudelands Arena, February 17 at 7pm.