Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir

Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir Review

“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’s 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 wasn’t 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 Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” as well as their cult-favorite cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”

Candid and courageous, Shears’s writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boy’s 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.

Title:Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Larry H

    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 t...

  • Jennifer

    I am surprised this book wasn’t heavier with all the names he dropped. ...

  • Elissa

    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 periph...

  • Doug

    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 writi...

  • Alex

    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 ...

  • The Novel Approach Reviews

    “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 ShearsBefore there was Ja...

  • Patricia Romero

    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 kno...

  • Constantine

    Rating: 4.0/5.0This 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....

  • Jess

    This book was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Two songs that were on constant repeat on my old orange iPod Nano in high school were "Take Your Mama" and "I Don't Feel L...

  • Dario Dalla Lasta

    I just finished reading Jake Shears' memoir "Boys Keep Swinging," and I feel closer to him than I ever thought possible. Not only is the book insightful, grounded, and honest, but it beautifully portr...