My heart can’t take much more...I couldn’t put this book down.... read it cover to cover today stopping intermittently to text my beloveds “go get this book NOW” or explain to my partner why I was crying/ laughing/ talking back to this book I refused to put down until I’d reached the end - well past a responsible adult’s bedtime (haha). I knew it would be good- but was wholly unprepared for the journey through time, space and the feels Jake’s writing granted me today. Beautifully written- raw, sweaty, vulnerable, visceral, naked and brutally honest - Truly filthy and utterly gorgeous. Thank you, Jake. Thank you. Xoxo
Its a fairly fast read. I'm not a huge Scissor Sisters fan but I was aware when they hit the scene. It follows Jake from childhood to the peak of stardom and leaves nothing to the imagination, nothing. He is funny, caring, bossy, slutty and flying by the seat of his pants. I completely enjoyed reading this coming of age/technoglam memoir. He and his bandmate's clawed their way to the top! Read the book to see what they found.
I really enjoyed this book although I find most memoirs boring. Nothing boring about this book! Jake Shears has led an incredibly colorful life. It's amazing he survived it all in the early years of his career. I'm a fan! The one thing that left me hanging was not knowing what happened to Jake and his partner, Chris. I guess that beautiful relationship went beyond the timeline of the book. At the end of the acknowledgments, Jake says "And Adam. You are my dreamiest dream. I love you so much." Who is Adam? Definitely recommend this book!
This book was so interesting. I have to say child I wished you were my child. What!! I bought the hardback book , wished I had the Kindle so I could keep reading when everyone was sleeping. This book is colorful, honest and it let's us see Jake Shears thru his own eyes. This is a book my granddaughter will read when she is older to understand all people exist in our world. And all need love. Love this book.
I loved reading this insightful memoir chronicling the creation of the Scissor Sisters and the brilliantly creative life of Jake Shears. Sexy gay men and sexy stories are spicily woven into these intriguing recollections of the NY nite life and the London clubbing and music scene. A whirl wind romp with musical royalty that is keenly observed.
Like most memoirs, you won't know 90% of the names of the people who've played a role in the author's life, but he does tell a heart-felt story and is very engaging. Oddly, he seems to have skipped over a lot of his life during his Scissor Sisters days - there had to be more drama/stories about the band than he writes about. Some nice name-drops as he gets into his more public life. I have friends who have worked with him and they speak highly of him, so I'll take their word that he's a great guy.
As someone who has gone out of his way to see Scissor Sisters live more than a half-dozen times, it might not be a surprise that I liked this book. But I think Boys Keep Swinging would be interesting to anyone who likes stories about rock stars. Jake Shears' stories inspire and remind us how hard life can be, no matter the situation. But he also gives us reasons to celebrate all of those moments. Jake's past as a student and practitioner of writing serves him well; Boys Keep Swinging is wonderfully readable, filled with humor and heart. And while I don't want to suggest that this is a "gay" memoir, certainly Jake's experiences add an extra level of interest for anyone in the LGBTQ community
Well written, interesting, better than many (or even most) similar memory books because it comes across as sincere, open, honest with the brilliantly talented young lead singer of Scissor Sisters.admitting to mistakes in his life that he subsequently learned from. It's very upbeat.