Jimmy Barnes announces release of “Working Class Boy” audio book Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs nominated for Sydney Theatre Award

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It’s been a year of firsts for rock icon, Jimmy Barnes. After setting a record with his fifteenth #1 album back in June, and making his debut as a published author in September he’s now releasing his first ever spoken word recording.

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, we’re thrilled to announce the audio version of his acclaimed childhood memoir Working Class Boy, read entirely by Jimmy Barnes. The unabridged audiobook is available to download exclusively from on the JB store right now.

CLICK HERE to download your copy

Since its release the hard cover version of Working Class Boy has struck a profound chord with both critics and the Australian public. It spent seven weeks at #1 on the national Bookscan charts ending the 10-week reign of mega-authors JK Rowling and Andy Griffiths and as the gift-giving season moves into full swing his book is still in the national Top 10.

For the past 6 weeks Jimmy has been crisscrossing the country on his Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour which sees Jimmy bringing the book to life and baring his soul to unanimous rave reviews like these:

“A powerful, deeply emotional and transformative production” – The Daily Telegraph

“A sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling” – The Daily Review

“… anyone seeking an emotional, dark, funny, exciting theatrical event — and a powerful singer still in great voice — will be thrilled” – Sunday Mail SA

Never one to rest on his laurels, Jimmy will be announcing new “Stories & Songs” shows in regional and metro markets, including Cairns and Darwin, early in the new year.

Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs has been nominated for Best Cabaret Production in the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards for Jimmy’s sold out performance at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. In another first, Jimmy’s son, David Campbell, is also nominated making it the first time a father and son have been nominated for Sydney Theatre Awards in the same year.

Fans seeking tickets for Jimmy’s shows are reminded to only buy tickets from the the official ticket agents listed here so as to avoid “reselling” sites who typically advertise heavily online and often mislead consumers into paying much higher prices than necessary.

Appropriately the tour has been drawing attention to the great work of the Luke Batty Foundation (www.lukebattyfoundation.com.au). In addition to providing relevant information online and at all of his shows Jimmy also encourages everyone to support former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty’s campaign to end family violence by signing up at www.neveralone.com.au

Working Class Boy has certainly resonated deeply with Australians of all ages and backgrounds. The book is already onto it’s 4th reprint with Harper Collins Australia confirming that it is the biggest Australian non-fiction debut in the past five years, and the biggest in Harper Collins Australia’s history.

The Working Class Boy audiobook was written by Jimmy Barnes, read by Jimmy Barnes and recorded at his home studio. It is only available as a digital download from his website (ie: not from any other online stores) and it is on sale now.


Jimmy Barnes

WORKING CLASS BOY: An Evening of Stories & Songs

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Country Club Showroom, Launceston, Tas

Tickets available now from www.tixtas.com.au and 1300 795 257

Friday, 3 February 2017

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tas

Tickets available now from www.tixtas.com.au and 1300 795 257

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Country Club Showroom, Launceston, Tas



Monday, 6 February 2017 – Civic Theatre | Invercargill

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 – Regent Theatre | Dunedin

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 – Isaac Theatre Royal | Christchurch – SOLD OUT

Thursday, 9 February 2017 – The Aurora Centre | Christchurch

Saturday, 11 February 2017 – St James Theatre | Wellington

Sunday, 12 February 2017 – Pettigrew Green Arena | Napier

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 – TSB Showplace | New Plymouth

Thursday, 16 February 2017 – ASB Baypark Arena | Tauranga

Friday, 17 February 2017 – Claudelands Arena | Hamilton

Saturday, 18 February 2017 – Civic Theatre | Auckland

Please note that in keeping with the nature of this production, the show will be staged over two acts with a short interval. There will be no support band so Jimmy will be onstage from the advertised starting time at all shows.



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