What’s made Jimmy Barnes really mad? 331



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It’s one of Australia’s most loved homegrown songs, sung in pubs, concerts and in cars by people of all ages since its release in 1978. But Jimmy Barnes has told one group they have no right to play this song at their rallies.

‘Khe Sanh’ tells the story of a Vietnam Veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life, for more than three decades the chorus “the last train out of Sydney’s almost gone” has represented the modern-day digger story, the political struggles of the 70s and the working-class man.

But Jimmy Barnes has lashed out at Reclaim Australia groups for using the old Cold Chisel song, which the Scottish-born singer still plays at every concert.

He wrote this message on his Facebook wall, triggering hundreds of comments ranging from supportive to hateful.

It has come to my attention that certain groups of people have been using my voice, my songs as their anthems at…

Posted by Jimmy Barnes – Official on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mr Barnes wife, Jane, is from Thailand and they have five beautiful children. His son and daughters sing with him on stage regularly, as does Mrs Barnes.

This Flesh And Wood tour has been one of my favourites as i’ve had the opportunity to incorporate my family in the shows…

Posted by Jimmy Barnes – Official on Saturday, July 18, 2015

John Schumann who wrote the other heart-wrenching Vietnam War ballad,  I Was Only 19 by Redgum said he was unhappy about his song also being played at Reclaim Australia rallies.

“I am very, very disappointed to see my work co-opted by what I, at my most charitable, consider to be a very confused ‘patriotic’ movement,” he said.

What do you think of Jimmy Barnes’ message on Facebook?

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  1. I totally agree with him and I am disgusted that some of the thugs associated with this group drape themselves in Australian flags.

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    • You might like to check who started the violence at the recent rallies before accusing Australian patriots of being thugs.

    • You people have nothing to do with my Australia Ken, you make me ashamed and before you ramble on, my family came in Convict ships so I have real roots here

  2. Quite right Jimmy, defend what is yours.

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    • They are not his anymore, he may have written them but they’re now in public domain.

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      • Copyright for music is 70 years so it’s most certainly not public domain. Educate yourself.

    • Noel, sorry but you are incorrect. Public domain means “the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, especially through not being subject to copyright or other legal restrictions.” Furthermore, public domain does not apply until after an author’s death. Jimmy still holds the copyright to all his material and it cannot be used without his permission. Legalities!

    • Judy, therefore, if I were to buy one of his records I couldn’t play it at a family function without his permission.

    • Don’t be silly, Noel. A family function is a private event. We’re talking about public use.

    • Noel needs to read the copyright label. In fact, playing it loud enough for others to hear is a technical offence. I know of a business who used to play the local radio station throughout the premises, for the entertainment of customers. They were told to switch off.

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