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HarperCollins acquires Jimmy Barnes autobiography

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes’ autobiography in a two-book deal.

The two volumes of Barnes’ autobiography will span the singer’s childhood and career and will be published over two years.

Publishing in October 2016, the first book Working Class Boy will be a ‘no holds barred’ account of Barnes’ childhood that the singer says will feature his ‘earliest memories of Glasgow all the way to the streets of Elizabeth in South Australia’. ‘It was like being on a train rolling at full speed and rapidly running out of tracks. Eventually we did, and this is the story of our survival from the twisted wreckage,’ said Barnes.

HarperCollins publisher Helen Littleton said the two-book deal was necessary to cover Barnes’ ‘epic’ life: ‘he was always going to need more than one book to share his life story with his legions of fans,’ said Littleton.

The second as-yet-untitled book is set for publication in October 2017, and will cover Barnes’ career, from his Cold Chisel years to his solo work.

In a statement, HarperCollins CEO James Kellow said: ‘We are so proud to be publishing Jimmy Barnes—Australian rock icon and all‐round legend. He tells his story with a poet’s brilliance and a rock’n’roll heart.’


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