Wow! So brutally honest and such a really addictive read. Elton JohnOne courageous joyride of a memoir. It should be illegal for rock stars to write so beautifully. Armistead MaupinA wild, sexy, emotional ride through underground New York at the millenniuma tale that speaks to the outsider in all of us. Andy CohenIn this deeply affecting memoir, one of rock musics most entrancing figures transforms the vividness of his musical world into an unforgettable literary account of overcoming odds and finding his true voice.Long before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy living a fraught life, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and few teachers showed sympathy.It wasnt until years later, while living and studying in New York City, that Jason would find his voice as an artist and, with a group of friends and musicians who were also thirsting for stardom and freedom, form the band Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ community, sell out venues worldwide, and win multiple accolades with hits like Take Your Mama and I Dont Feel Like Dancin, as well as their cult-favorite cover of Pink Floyds Comfortably Numb.Candid and courageous, Shearss writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boys development into a dazzling rock star, Boys Keep Swinging is a raucously entertaining memoir that will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream....
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Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir Reviews
I am not a fan of reviewing memoirs, biographies or autobiographies. I like to read them but ask me to review them, no thank you. So, how did I end up with Boys Keep Swinging? A mistake. I didn’t read the blurb before I decided to push the Read Now button on NetGalley. I was multitasking, which is pretty common. Plus, I loved the cover. Anyways, I will do my best not to bore you guys with this review.
Boys Keep Swinging is about Jake Shears. From his childhood on an island to finding fame with Th ...more
Boys Keep Swinging by Jason Sellards/Jake Shears is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early March.
Okay, so I'm coming in with a fair amount of bias, due to 'Take Your Mama' being one of my all-time, dance party of one, booty grind favorite songs. Not only that, but my father and boyfriend's family all live in Arizona, so I was able to relate to bleak beigeness of Shears' childhood and adolescence quite keenly. Other than that, he spins fanciful, long reels of storytelling with pops of energy ...more
I enjoyed hearing about his journey, but I was disappointed it ended just as Shears and his Scissor Sisters bandmates were rehearsing their second album. That was more than a decade ago! I wanted more! Guess I'll have to wait for part two (assuming there will be one?). Would like to have heard more about his depression and recovering from it and the making of the second album, which seemed to be glossed over. He also talks about meeting the love of his life, who he split with about a year before ...more
I'm not a stranger to celebrity memoirs, especially musician's memoirs. (For some reason, I find musicians more interesting than actors, and have read a fair number of memoirs by artists I know peripherally: Jewel, Keith Richards, Posh Spice.) So when the opportunity came up for me to read Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters' memoir, courtesy of Netgalley, I took it, thinking that maybe I'd learn something new. I own their albums and even saw their show once when they toured, so I considered myself a ...more
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End at first few pages. Not my style of reading and refused to continue.
This memoir was very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Jake Shears have had his ups and downs, success and setbacks but he remains the guy who recovers from those setbacks. In this memoir, he tells us about his life from childhood to adolescent. His sexuality and how he was able to cope with it at a young age. There is also a lot of his relationships with different people and how they affected his life and how he affected their lives, the jobs he had before Scissor Si ...more
This book is everything I had hoped it would be - an infectious joyride through the gritty New York drag scene, the rough and tumble of life as a breakthrough musician, and plenty of witty anecdotes to keep you smiling. But Jake has also been supremely honest and open in his memoir so this is also a frank account of the bullying, harassment and marginalisation he has experienced growing up as a gay man.
Jake is a great writer and it's so easy to fly through this book as we follow him through his ...more