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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Jake Shears (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Boys Keep Swinging Swings with Soul!

Jake Shears reads his Memoir with a relaxed and tender cadence and brings you into his beginnings in life and with Scissor Sisters. what a journey and ending in 2006, I look forward to the continuation of his story in the sequel.

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New Fan Of Jake Shears!

Loved it! Well written! Story captivating! You will not be disappointed. Thank you Jake!
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  • Fintan Geraghty
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First audiobook to make me cry

I loved hearing the behind the scenes stories of how the scissor sisters was formed as well as Jake's childhood. the middle new York section was disappointingly unromantic, but it more than makes up for it by the end. the book ends in 2006 and I'll just say that it's a very bold place to end. this book will stick with it. I could have done without Jake's attempts at British accents for the narration at points, but at some points it added some nice colour to the experience. A very honest and emotional look at the rockstar lifestyle.