From Jake Shears – world famous singer, songwriter, actor and LGBTQ+ icon – comes this wide-eyed and determined coming-of- age story; an unforgettable literary account of a man overcoming the 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-favourite cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Candid and courageous, Shears’ 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. ‘This is a beautiful, fascinating memoir by a beautiful guy who has lived a fascinating life – and he has the insights and receipts to prove it. Wonderful!’ - Dan Savage
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Release Date: 2000
New Dutch Swing is a panoramic history of two generations of improvisers and composers and a collective portrait of a musical world both strange and familiar. Combining oral history with critical evaluations of recordings and reconstructions of key events, Kevin Whitehead documents a sort of alternative universe for jazz, where humor counts for more than dead seriousness; where the boundaries between music and theater blur; where a unique blend of cultural influences, from Surinamese to South African, find their way into the mix; and where pranksters Charles Ives and Thelonious Monk are major influences, along with the minimalism of Terry Riley and Holland's Louis Andreissen (whose own boogie-woogie roots are bared). Drawing on the testimony of non-Hollanders as diverse as Steve Lacy, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, John Tchicai, and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as on the recollections of dozens of Dutch musicians, including Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Louis Andriessen, and Maarten Altena, Whitehead steps back to track the development of conducted improvising, game pieces, portable electronic instruments, and the birth of the European free jazz scene in the 1960s. For music fans who have enjoyed the records and concerts of such artists as the ICP Orchestra, the Willem Breuker Kollektief, and the Clusone Trio as well as for those for whom they are unfamiliar, New Dutch Swing presents a unique and engaging exploration of one of contemporary jazz's most vital scenes.
SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.
Pleading with her dad to push the swing higher and higher, a little girl wonders just how high she has gone and compares her journey to fantastical feats, like venturing higher than a mountain or shooting straight into space!
Author: David W. Stowe
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 1996-09-30
"Although its musical roots extended back to the 1920s, swing seemed to many to come out of nowhere in 1935, inspiring a welter of conflicting descriptions and explanations. Stowe explores this history to suggest why the music of Goodman and Ellington caught so many unawares, and why it fired so many - and so many different - imaginations when it emerged in full force. He links the music to the politics of the time, to prevailing ideas about race relations, and to the complex culture industry that was evolving in the 1930s. At its commercial apex in the early 1940s, swing was readily adapted to World War II, and Stowe reveals how the music served the cause as a symbol of national unity, even as this service worked to undermine the utopian values swing expressed. He follows the failure of swing to keep its unlikely cultural coalition together and describes the subsequent attempts of bebop to pick up where the big band left off.
Author: Curtis R. Bergstrand
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Health & Fitness
Drawing on an extensive survey of real people and over 40 years of research, this revealing volume proposes that a nonmonogamous lifestyle may be healthier for marriages than a monogamous one. * Includes data from a national survey, conducted by the authors, of 1100 swingers in the United States * Offers first-person accounts from people in the swinging lifestyle * Provides extensive bibliographies after each chapter documenting sources of information discussed in the text * Lists a comprehensive index of terms and topics
An engaging biography of a living musical legend, Oscar Peterson. A man Duke Ellington once called the " maharajah of the piano." Gene Lees carefully builds up the portrait of Peterson, his childhood and what it meant to be be black and talented in Montreal in the 1940s, hist three marriages and six children, his musical partners (Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Ed Thigpen), his musical friends and colleagues (Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum and Lester Young, amongst others) and the critical controversy and mythology that have long surrounded Peterson. This updated version has a new chapter that covers Peterson's appointment as Chancellor of York University; his receipt of ten honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada; his stroke and partial recovery; the origins and fallout of his cancelled North American tour and much more.
She always wanted to be a swinger; she just didnt know how. In a story based on her own, author Wendy Richards turns the heat up and down as she invites you to SWING N2 MY WORLD. Covering both the familiar and uncharted areas of life, love and sex, this story ranges from tragic to happy and erotic. She was a housewife who has been though a lot of tough times. But despite these trials, she has managed to keep her life on a positive path. She has found a way to combine responsible living with crazy wild fun living taking care of her kids and having the time of her life through sensuous and erotic escapades. An adult read that is entertaining, enlightening and inspiring, SWING N2 MY WORLD offers you an insanely different lifestyle that has a beginning, a middle no end in sight.
Author: Marcus Giavanni
Publisher: G & B Pub
Release Date: 1998
The book recounts day by day how the FBI investigators somehow centered the entire extortion plot around Nelson and another innocent man whose only mistake was to spend fifteen minutes chatting by the lake, and then to stop at a fast food restaurant for a hamburger. Nelson fit the profile that the FBI had in mind - a long pony tail, a cellular phone, and a red Corvette which he liked to drive fast. From this harmless set of facts grew an inconsistent FBI surveillance log, incredibly biased misstatements of the truth, and wholly contrived witness statements, all elaborately tailored to inplicate Nelson. Other evidence of Nelson's innocence and the unreliability of the existing evidence was simply ignored, including an FBI wiretap conversation between the real extortionist and his accomplice discussing the extortion plot in detail. The real extortionist admitted that he had no idea who the FBI had arrested. Nevertheless, Nelson was indeed arrested with his photo plastered all over the Phoenix newspapers. Nelson's life would never be the same.
Author: Larry J. Sabato
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
Release Date: 2012-11-27
Genre: Political Science
This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book. Larry J. Sabato, prominent election scholar and political commentator, and a team of scholars and election experts who are closest to the action, look at the 2010 campaigns and elections and offer fresh insights and trenchant commentary. Who Got in the Booth? takes you inside the most significant events and issues of this election cycle to see what affected the Midterm elections.
To work a golf shot left to right you have several options with different flight patterns, and you really can't be wrong with any of them if you are happy with what you are doing. You might never be really great, but at least you will know that you are going to be consistent in your shot. That's all golf really is, the most consistent way to repeat an action as closely as possible each time that will return the club face to a square impact position. Let us move in a new direction though if you are seeking the holy grail of a more perfect left to right shot with a tighter pattern. "The One Plane Cut"
Author: Lucia Trimbur
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2013-08-25
Genre: Social Science
Gleason's Gym is the last remaining institution of New York's Golden Age of boxing. Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali, Hector Camacho, Mike Tyson--the alumni of Gleason's are a roster of boxing greats. Founded in the Bronx in 1937, Gleason's moved in the mid-1980s to what has since become one of New York's wealthiest residential areas--Brooklyn's DUMBO. Gleason's has also transformed, opening its doors to new members, particularly women and white-collar men. Come Out Swinging is Lucia Trimbur's nuanced insider's account of a place that was once the domain of poor and working-class men of color but is now shared by rich and poor, male and female, black and white, and young and old. Come Out Swinging chronicles the everyday world of the gym. Its diverse members train, fight, talk, and socialize together. We meet amateurs for whom boxing is a full-time, unpaid job. We get to know the trainers who act as their father figures and mentors. We are introduced to women who empower themselves physically and mentally. And we encounter the male urban professionals who pay handsomely to learn to box, and to access a form of masculinity missing from their office-bound lives. Ultimately, Come Out Swinging reveals how Gleason's meets the needs of a variety of people who, despite their differences, are connected through discipline and sport.
Author: Dan Epstein
Release Date: 2012-06-05
A pop-culture history of baseball in the 1970s cites the advent of the free agency, advocated drug use, and garish promotional events while describing the contributions of figures from Ted Turner to Reggie Jackson.
Author: Linda Killian
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2012-01-17
Genre: Political Science
As our country's politicians engage in bitter partisan battles, focused on protecting their own jobs but not on doing the nation's business, and political pundits shout louder and shriller to improve their ratings, it's no wonder that Americans have little faith in their government. But is America as divided as the politicians and talking heads would have us believe? Do half of Americans stand on the right and the other half on the left with a no-man's-land between them? Hardly. Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center. These Americans are anything but divided, and they're being ignored. These Independents make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Every year their numbers grow, as does the unconscionable disconnect between them and the officials who are supposed to represent them. The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents tells the story of how our polarized political system is not only misrepresenting America but failing it. Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama's postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials. Killian paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system. This is not only a timely shot across the bows of both parties but an impassioned call to Independents to bring America back into balance.