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Queer The Music: Jake Shears On The Songs That Changed Lives

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Jake Shears celebrates the anthems that have dominated dancefloors and shaped queer lives. Throughout the history of popular music, queer artists have made huge contributions - often at great expense and risk to themselves personally and professionally. This podcast shines a spotlight on those who trailblazed paths towards self expression. Join Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears and his guests ... more

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4.9 out of 5 stars from 189 ratings
  • Love this.

    I’m a bit late to the party with this one, however I’ve devoured most of them in one day. I love Jake’s interviewing style and the guests are wonderful to listen to. Please, please do another series as this is just fab.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Educational & energizing!

    I’ve become a big fan of Jake Shears especially in his post-Scissor Sisters period as a multifaceted solo artist, author, musical theatre actor and now podcast host. Queer the Music is intelligent, engaging and a great slice of millennial and Gen X nostalgia giving Lance Bass’s pod a run for its money-love how the featured song plays us out at the end of each episode! Looking forward to one of my favourites, Rufus Wainwright coming up. I’d also love to see Jake interview Darren Hayes, Robbie Wil... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada2 months ago
  • Thank you!

    I’ve loved hearing these stories. Important, warm and completely engaging. Keep doing this!

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    Euan mackay
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • Food for my ears!

    I love Jake and his podcast is a very satisfying listen if you have any interest at all in queer music pioneers! The list of contributors includes several of my heroes and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the series.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • Great podcast!

    Such a good concept for a podcast. Loving learning the stories behind these tunes.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 months ago

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