Wednesday, July 24th 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Ballantine Books on March 5th 2019
Pages: 368
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five-stars

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

If you love Fleetwood Mac, the movie Almost Famous and watching documentaries, this book is for you!

I absolutely love the format this book is written in. It’s written as if all the members of the band are being interviewed for a documentary. As someone who watches and loves a lot of documentaries, this style of writing really worked for me. I could picture the documentary in my mind while I was reading.

I love all of these characters, even the ones who frustrated me from time to time. I loved the setting and the interviewer “reveal.” I also loved that the author created the lyrics to all the songs talked about in the book as well. Just brilliant. Now I have to go and read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s back catalog.

five-stars