Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy.

The words Barnesy won’t forget


ROCK legend Jimmy Barnes has been telling tales all his life, in track — and in the previous couple of years has penned two best-selling autobiographies.

But the Chilly Chisel and solo vocalist had by no means been a fan of books, till he met spouse Jane in 1979.

That life-shifting second is roofed intimately in his Working Class Man, the No 1 follow-up to Working Class Boy (and the newly-released movie of the same name).

But one of many lesser-known influences of Mrs Barnes on Jimmy was instilling a love of studying that has stayed to this present day. Right here he shares his three favorite books — and tells why they’ve had such an impression.

(First, nonetheless, try this week’s bestseller chart — Barnesy continues beneath)



The Significance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The primary time I learn this story I laughed a lot that it made me really feel one thing I had by no means actually felt earlier than — the necessity to go to the theatre. The thought of sitting by a play by no means appealed to me within the slightest, however that’s what I did. I went to observe a manufacturing of The Significance of Being Earnest and it was superb. Since that day I’ve seen performs all around the world and I’ve discovered that, like music, stay theatre can transport you to a different world. Oscar Wilde confirmed me how humorous telling a narrative about what appears to be an peculiar day in life might be. I nonetheless decide it up and skim it once I want amusing and I’ve seen loads of completely different theatre productions of the play. It’s one among my favourites.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Jane, my spouse, handed this e book to me after we first acquired married. I casually informed her someday that I didn’t get pleasure from studying and that I had by no means actually learn that a lot since college. And I did admit that even at highschool I averted studying as a lot as I might. She felt saddened by this, telling me that I had missed one of many joys of life — being transported by an important story to a distinct world. So, I took the e book and began studying. I nonetheless wasn’t that eager on the concept however as quickly as I began I couldn’t put it down. This story of the breakdown of society and the wrestle for energy impressed me a lot that the minute I completed it I picked up my guitar and began writing songs. In actual fact, you simply have to take a look at my first solo album to listen to one among them. The title of the track Boys Cry Out for Warfare was taken straight from that e book. Properly-written books began inspiring me and I might learn as a lot as I might. Earlier than lengthy I used to be studying Shakespeare and looking Jane’s bookshelf for extra inspiration.

The Scottish Enlightenment by Alexander Broadie

A proud Scot: Jimmy with Jane.

A proud Scot: Jimmy with Jane.Supply:Information Corp Australia

Inspiration: “A sense of pride”.

Inspiration: “A way of delight”.Supply:Equipped

This was a e book {that a} good pal advised I learn only a few years in the past and it was so attention-grabbing and informative that it gave me a way of delight as a Scotsman. I believed that Scots have been powerful and dependable and all that, however I additionally had loads of dangerous recollections of my childhood in Scotland and this e book confirmed me among the fantastic issues that Scots had achieved over time — the nice thinkers, academics, philosophers and inventors that come from my dwelling. The Scots have been instrumental within the unfold of world commerce and the creation of nice new nations. I completed the e book and had a complete new understanding of the place I got here from. The world wouldn’t be the identical with out the work of so many enlightened Scotsmen.

* Working Class Boy and Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes are each printed by Harper Collins.

Working Class Boy, the film, shall be launched on DVD and Blu-Ray on 14 November.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Man.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Man.Supply:Equipped

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy.Supply:Equipped


BARNESY’S favorite books are a assorted bunch. Do you know he’s additionally pondering his personal enterprise into the thriller/horror fiction style?




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