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.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Length: ~8 hours
Daisy Jones & the Six was one of my most anticipated books of the year so far. I put it on hold almost as soon as it was released. Then a few weeks later, I landed myself in a bit of a reading slump. But as soon as I got the notification that it was available, I immediately downloaded it and got excited about reading again.
Then as soon as I started listening to the audiobook, I felt disappointed. This was the book I was looking forward to for so long? There’s nothing special about it.
Fortunately, that feeling didn’t last long. The beginning for me was just like any other book. But as I got to know these characters more and more, I started to understand why everyone else was so enamored by this book. Once I hit that point, I fell so in love with these characters.
One of the great things about my experience with this book is that I listened to the audiobook, which added a whole extra layer to the story. Each character has their own voice actor/actress, and it totally feels like you’re listening to a documentary of an actual band.
That’s another thing: this book felt so realistic. I’ve always been interested in the 70s rock era, and Daisy Jones & the Six totally transported me to that time period. I got so obsessed with this fictional band’s history, that I’m a bit devastated that they’re not real. It really felt like I was listening to an actual oral history of a band that I once knew. I had to keep reminding myself that this band was fictional and that these people aren’t real.
I loved that there was constant tension between band members, which is funny because that is the total opposite of my real life musical interests, where my favorite bands all seem like they have a family-like relationship. When I discover an older band and learn they’ve broken up, it makes me not want to listen to them because I don’t want to grow attached to something that has ended. But for some reason, I totally loved seeing this band unravel, even though it was devastating after having grown attached to them.
I also really liked how much of a focus there was on Camilla. Not only was she just a great character, but she brought a nice outside perspective to the story so that it wasn’t entirely the band’s inner circle telling the story.
I recommend the heck out of this book. If you read it (or have already read it), let me know so we can discuss!