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One Day in the Life of Jake Shears Paperback – August 30, 2012

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Hailand Books; 1ST edition (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984230327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984230327
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith J. Brown on June 21, 2012
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Jake Shears (born Jason F. Sellards, October 3, 1978) is the lead male vocalist for the American music group Scissor Sisters.

In concert, Shears is known for provocative dancing, flamboyant outfits, and near-nudity. (During his early years while he was struggling to make it in New York, he would often earn extra money as a Go-go dancer and male erotic dancer at male strip clubs.) His musical influences include ABBA, Blondie, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Roxy Music, The New York Dolls, Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton. The Scissor Sisters video for Filthy/Gorgeous was directed by John Cameron Mitchell after Shears met him at a gathering of the Radical Faeries

Born in Mesa, Arizona as the son of an entrepreneur father and a Baptist mother, Shears grew up on San Juan Island, north of Seattle. While living on San Juan Island, he attended school at Friday Harbor High School, where he was bullied. At the age of 18, he moved into a dorm at The Northwest School in Seattle to finish high school.
Shears later attended Occidental College in Los Angeles. At 19, he traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to visit a classmate, who introduced him to Scott Hoffman (Babydaddy). Shears and Hoffman hit it off immediately and, a year later, both moved to New York.

Shears came out to his parents at the urging of Dan Savage, who later called his advice "the worst I've ever given". In 2010, he participated in Savage's It Gets Better Project.

Shears' early performances included a play of Narnia in 1993, directed by Fred Yockers.

In New York, Shears attended The New School's Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, where he studied fiction writing and was classmates with Travis Jeppesen.
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