Sunday, April 23, 2017

Working Class Boy - Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes is an 80s rocker from Australia, that I was lucky enough to see perform in his heyday as he opened for U2.

I didn't know anything about his early life except that he was born in Scotland, and when I was in a bookstore I thumbed through his autobiography and was instantly hooked.

In this book he writes about growing up poor in Glasgow with an alcoholic father.  Things didn't improve once the family moved to Adelaide Australia, it is real Angela's Ashes hunger, violence and poverty that surprised me.  Such a shock to think about how rough it was for him when he was younger and I felt for him as a young child.  I didn't like the teenage Jimmy much though, break ins , drugs, drinking and horrible amounts of violence. 4/5

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

It's hard to believe that poverty like that exists in our parts of the world.