Win: Jimmy Barnes pack

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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.

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