WGBH's Jared Bowen sits down with Ruth Pointer to talk about her memoir "Still So Excited! My Life as a Pointer Sister" (Click on image to view video)
The Pointer Sisters
On April 17, 2016 Ruth signed copies of her new book "Still So Excited! My Life As A Pointer Sister". The event kicked off with a musical tribute to Ruth performed by Berklee alumni and faculty, Jeff Ramsey and Mike Flanagan (Ruth joined in as well). A Q&A was then hosted by Paul Ciulla. After the book signing, Ruth surprised the crowd with a performance of "Neutron Dance". Photos included by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo and by Paul Ciulla.
Sue O'Connell of NECN's "The "Take" interviews Ruth on her new memoir as her book signing at Club Cafe nears. You can meet Ruth on April 17th 5PM at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA
Print Media: Articles, Interviews & Book Reviews for "Still So Excited!: My Life As A Pointer Sister"
3/10/16: The Boston Globe: She's So Excited to Meet Ruth Pointer
Closer Magaine, Issue: February 22, 2015
2/13/16: Examiner.com: Pointer Sister launches book tour in Phoenix
See SOULTRACKS' review of "Still So Excited!: My Life As A Pointer Sister"
The Arizona Republic: Ruth Pointer Bares All In New Autobiography
FADER Magazine: Why Everyone In Music Should Read Ruth Pointer's Autobiography
Soultrain.com: Q&A with Ruth Pointer
Thanks to you "Still So Excited!: My Life As A Pointer Sister" is currently the No. 1 New Soul Book, No. 1 Soul Book (overall) No. 1 R&B Book and No. 12 Popular Culture. That's So Exciting! Thank you!
Ruth has been very busy this week promoting her new memoir "Still So Excited!: My LIfe As A Pointer Sister". Check out the links below and listen to Ruth talk about her amazing journey!
Here are just a few of the many interviews Ruth has done this week:
LISTEN to ABConline - Australia
LISTEN to BlackAmericaWeb.com
LISTEN to iHeartRadio 102.9
LISTEN to The Big Wake Up Call with Ryan Gatenby
In this excerpt from Ruth Pointer's "Still So Excited!: My Life As A Pointer Sister", Ruth talks about singer-songwriter Sylvester and the gay community. Official release date: February 1, 2016. Hardcover now available, Kiindle available on 2/1/16.
Sylvester James, Jr. was the first openly gay man I ever met and we clicked from the get-go. I loved his gospel-falsetto voice, and besides, I was a born sucker for a finger-snapping man in drag.
The man who would be crowned “The Queen of Disco” wore sequined hotpants and a mess of wildly patterned scarves and bling. When Sylvester performed, anything went. One time my sisters backed him at a show in a Castro District warehouse where live chickens roamed the stage, a man jumped through a flaming hoop and male and female streakers ran up and down the aisles. It was quite the spectacle.
It was through my friendship with Sylvester that I got to see and experience the gay community up close and meet a lot of sweet, tender human beings who’d been cut off from their families and society in general.
One in particular went by the name of Pristine Condition, who was a member of the San Francisco psychedelic theatre troupe called The Cockettes. He loved us to death. Thank God it’s better today, but I still see a lot of that and it bothers me no end.
It’s no secret the gay community has always rallied around and supported The Pointer Sisters, and they are, by God, family to us. The Good Lord loves all His children and created us all equal. As a Christian I think it’s flat-out wrong to condemn homosexuals, most of whom are just as moral and decent as you and me. It especially nauseates me when I hear that tired old raggedy-ass line, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.” It’s hypocritical and an ugly part of organized religion I don’t like and can’t abide by at all. God is so much bigger than that. He doesn’t want any of our children to suffer, be condemned or separated from their families.
Even though our society has evolved and moved forward in our acceptance of the gay community, we’ve not fully evolved. I’d like to see that happen in my lifetime. I wish Sylvester had. He died of AIDS in 1988. God rest his beautiful, untamed soul.