From the rock legend turned master storyteller, this collection of non-fiction short stories is vintage Jimmy. Stories of adventure, misadventure, love and loss from the #1 bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man.
Outrageous, witty, warm and wise, Killing Time is a collection of more than 40 yarns from an epic life – a dazzling collection of tall tales, out-takes and B-sides from one of Australia’s finest storytellers.
Speaking with News Corp about the new book, Jimmy shared some insight into some of the stories, including the time he found himself seated next to a legendary American civil rights activist:
“I didn’t know who these people were – billionaires and philanthropists, people like fashion designer Donna Karan – and I was sat next to this older, black woman who had bodyguards with her who looked like followers of Louis Farrakhan (American minister and activist),” Barnes said.
“I finally introduced myself to this lady. She was Rosa Parks. Halfway through dinner, she got up and made a speech about what happened on the bus in Montgomery.”
Jimmy Barnes is a Scottish-born rock singer-songwriter who grew up in Adelaide. His career, both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist of the legendary band Cold Chisel, has made him one of the most successful and distinctive artists in Australian music history.
A prolific songwriter and performer, Jimmy has been a storyteller for more than 40 years, sharing his life and passions with Australians of all ages at over ten thousand gigs throughout his adopted homeland. In the process he has amassed more #1 albums in Australia than The Beatles: four with Cold Chisel and twelve as a solo artist, including the iconic For the Working Class Man.
Across his career Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice. His bestselling memoirs have sold more than 400,000 copies and won the Australian Book Industry Award for the Biography Book of the Year twice, in 2017 and 2018 – the only Australian author to do so.