James Dixon Barnes of Glasgow via Adelaide was just 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973. Raised on tough soul music and gutsy rock, Jimmy bought his monumental passion and a versatile vocal style to this five-piece band who would eventually become the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock.
When Jimmy went solo in 1984 his debut 'Bodyswerve' topped the charts, as did his 1986 album, 'For the Working Class Man', which gave him a signature tune and cemented his place at the centre of a generation. He spoke directly to and for them.
Few Australian lives have been bigger than Jimmy Barnes. His story filled two books. His music has been our national soundtrack for forty years and his iconic status in the history of Australian rock’n’roll is reflected in the fact that he’s been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame ... twice.