Born in New Bedford, Mass., where Johnny lives on his sailboat, the author attended boarding school in the Berkshires where he sang and played weekends in a blues band in New York City. He attended UMass-Dartmouth and moved to Boston where he drove a taxicab, attended Berklee School of Music, and put himself through Harvard Extension School majoring in Philosophy.
Johnny Barnes sang and played guitar in all of the famous nightclubs in Boston with many of rock & roll’s legends, producing and releasing a dozen records and CD’s. Local airplay and intense record company interest led to a hit song in England and work with legendary producer, Jimmy Miller (The Rolling Stones, Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Traffic with Steve Winwood.) Barnes moonlighted, helping manage Boston’s largest live music nightclub, The Channel, where his band opened for numerous major acts through the 80’s and 90’s.
Johnny Barnes was a paralegal investigator for many law firms, and an operative and operations manager for Boston area detective agencies. Johnny worked for the Mass. Legal Services, the Mass. ACLU, and was a subcontract homicide investigator for the state’s Committee for Public Counsel. Since 1991 Barnes has been a full time Police Officer, an FBI trained hostage negotiator, and a detective.