Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir

Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir

?Wow! So brutally honest and such a really addictive read.? ?Elton John ?One courageous joyride of a memoir. It should be illegal for rock stars to write so beautifully.? ?Armistead Maupin ?A wild, sexy, emotional ride through underground New York at the millennium?a tale that speaks to the outsider in all of us.? ?Andy Cohen In this deeply affecting memoir, one of rock music ?Wow! So brutally honest and such a really addictive read.? ?Elton John ?One c...

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Title:Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir
Author:Jake Shears
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Boys Keep Swinging
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir Reviews

  • Preston
    Mar 17, 2018
    He should stick to writing songs, not books, but he?s cute and recounts his slutty misadventures, so it held my interest. Kind of all over the place, but so is he. Fun read for fans of the Scissor Sisters. ...
  • Brian
    Feb 27, 2018
    I really enjoy the band the Scissor Sisters so naturally when I saw that the lead singer had written a memoir I had to pick it up. The book tales about Shears' childhood as well as his rise into fame. The book goes into detail about Jake's coming to terms with his sexuality as well as ...
  • Stella
    Feb 19, 2018
    I've read a ton of music memoirs. From The Dirt to Neon Angel, from Just Kids to Scar Tissue....they remain some of my favorite books to read. It's a look at the creative influence and process behind people who have put their soul on the line. Jake Shears is, above all things, a tal...
  • Kim
    Apr 06, 2018
    Really fun book to read, especially if you lived in NYC during the time he writes about. Worth reading if you?re a Scissor Sisters fan. I would have liked different language used to describe Mary. Mentions of their friendship felt forced and superfluous. ...
  • George
    Mar 10, 2018
    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 ha...
  • Louise
    Mar 21, 2018
    This made me immediately want to find my long buried scissor sisters CD and play it at full volume. As someone who's seen them a fair few times,and always enjoyed the energy they had on stage... it was interesting to know the back story... Not just of how Jake and Ana didn't have the ...
  • Alex Jackman
    Jan 07, 2018
    A memoir from the lead singer of the Scissor Sisters, this book is part queer coming of age story and part rock band come up story. It's painted with a cast of memorable characters from coastal art and party scenes and household music industry names. Most name dropped: Elton John. The ...
  • Amr Jal
    Apr 13, 2018
    Very fun rock memoir covering the NYC scene(and a bit of London) in the early 2000s/late ?90s. I?d recommend it even if you don?t necessarily like the scissor sisters. Filled with celebrity appearances and interactions. The first 100 pages might be a slog to some as it covers Jak...
  • Alex
    Mar 31, 2018
    Music can be a formative part of a person?s life. Scissor Sisters informed a large part of this writer?s late teens and early twenties, and a debt of gratitude is owed to Jake Shears. Fortunately Shears doesn?t require special treatment to receive a positive review for Boys Keep ...
  • Kristine
    Mar 14, 2018
    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 an...
  • Jolie
    Feb 22, 2018
    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 multitas...
  • Jocelyn
    Mar 07, 2018
    DNF @ 51% I was enjoying this book up until the halfway point. I made the mistake of putting it down for a couple weeks and by the time I was able to come back to it, I only got through a couple pages before realizing I was no longer interested. The way Jake Shears talks about his chi...
  • Portia Kapraun
    Jan 26, 2018
    Wow. I don't usually gravitate to music autobiographies, but this one caught my eye with a fun title, bright cover, and an author whose music was the soundtrack to a very specific time in my life. Jake Shears knows how to tell a story, and he skillfully weaves together both the fantast...
  • Larry H
    Dec 19, 2017
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up. "Writing about your life is panning your imagination for shiny bits. Much memory is grimy and covered with fuzz, like a component of some unknown thing that was left under your couch for years, attracting dust bunnies. When you fin...
  • Christina
    Jan 21, 2018
    End at first few pages. Not my style of reading and refused to continue. ...
  • Constantine
    Dec 13, 2017
    Rating: 4.0/5.0 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 ...
  • Elissa
    Dec 13, 2017
    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 ...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 12, 2017
    I am surprised this book wasn?t heavier with all the names he dropped. ...
  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    Feb 23, 2018
    ?I knew in my heart that we were losing our lives as we knew them, but I also knew that the trade-off was going to be a singular experience that few people get.? ? Jake Shears Before there was Jake Shears and Scissor Sisters and kikis to be having, there was Jason Sellards, a ...
  • Victoria Sadler
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Doug
    Nov 29, 2017
    4.5, rounded up. This is a surprising book in many ways, not the least of which it isn't just the usual lame rock star autobiography - and Shears can really write. Given that he studied creative writing in college (he 'graduated', but never got his degree because he failed to turn in h...
  • Louis Skye
    Jan 19, 2018
    I?ve never been much into autobiographies but I enjoyed this. I remember listening to Scissor Sisters in the early 2000s; I always thought their videos were so incredibly bizarre. Jake Shears, lead singer and author of this book, was one of the rare artists at that time who w...
  • Patricia Romero
    Jan 20, 2018
    In his memoir, Jake takes us from his childhood in Arizona and the Pacific Northwest, and in neither place did he fit in. He was too flamboyant, too out there, just too over the top. But he didn't know how to be anything other than what he was. Gay, in a time and place that could get y...
  • Natalie Morgan
    Feb 09, 2018
    I read this book early thanks to #NetGalley. Boy, was it an adventure! It was funny and meaningful. I loved the glimpse of what life was like for Jake in New York in the 90's. Parts 1 and 2 covered childhood,high school, and college. Once the book transitioned to the Scissor Sisters, I...
  • Eric Lawless
    Mar 18, 2018
    I really enjoyed this music memoir, one of the better ones I've read. To be honest, I only had a passing knowledge of Scissor Sisters music but the book was recommended to me and looked interesting. There is a, "I've just arrived in New York City, and I'm trying this drug, having sex w...
  • Eric Kennedy
    Mar 09, 2018
    A bit scattered, but an interesting read for fans of the Scissor Sisters and Jake Shears. The book is divided into three parts: Youth, New York, and Scissor Sisters. The transition to the last part (which accounts for about 50% of the book) is a bit jarring, but eventually finds its fo...
  • Christopher Jones
    Feb 26, 2018
    FABULOUS, ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY ?? FABULOUS, ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY ??? ...more ...
  • Cody
    Mar 05, 2018
    Highly addictive and emotional read. I've admired Jake Shears since I discovered Scissor Sisters when I was coming out in college. The band helped me to understand that being queer in this world is not only okay, but that it is something to truly celebrate and embody with pride. Shears...
  • Sue Trowbridge
    Feb 24, 2018
    I picked up Jake Shears? memoir Boys Keep Swinging because I was a fan of his glam-rock/disco band the Scissor Sisters, who have been M.I.A. over the past few years. Shears also wrote songs for the ?Tales of the City? musical that I loved so much back in 2011; I still nurture a h...
  • Sanders Kennedy
    Apr 01, 2018
    Overall I loved it. There were a few parts that I wish went deeper (him and Anderson cooper) but being from nyc and growing up in the same spots downtown as he did brought back a lot of cool memories. ...