Celebrating an Aussie Rock Icon

Australia's Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes, has been performing in front of audiences for more than four decades as a solo artist and with Cold Chisel, and he shows no signs of slowing down. 

He has been hailed by some as Australia's greatest rock singer and to say he's a national icon would be an understatement. His days fronting Cold Chisel and his early solo career provided the soundtrack for a generation. 

So much has been said and written about Barnes' heady rock'n'roll lifestyle, including by the man himself in two bestselling memoirs, that it has become part of the fabric of the Australian music industry. But behind the legend is one of the hardest working and most dedicated entertainers this country has ever produced. He is also a proud family man, humble philanthropist and humanitarian. 

Now the NFSA is shining a light on the phenomenal career of Jimmy Barnes with rarely-seen interviews, live performances, posters, photographs and oral history interviews in this curated collection and the accompanying online exhibition

Jimmy Barnes
Cold Chisel
Working Class Man
Australian music
1980s
1990s