Title: Daisy Jones and The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: February 4, 2020
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . 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 ‘n’ 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.
I will start this right off by saying as a music lover and music blogger I loved this book. I had na idea that I would enjoy it, but never did I imagine how much. Daisy and The Six is all about music. It follows Daisy from her time as a young groupie in Hollywood during the early 70’s to her joining The Six until the band called it quits in the latter part of the 70s. It is a book about Rock and Roll, so there is drugs and jealously, and all the things you would expect in a book about a band. The author Taylor Jenkins Reid does a great job giving us a glimpse of the time period with her writing, from hanging out on the strip to touring around the world. She also gives us characters with depth, characters that are likable , especially in Daisy and Billy.
Daisy is a young girl at the start of the book, she hangs out at the Whiskey on Sunset despite her age. She has had the world handed to her from rich parents that don’t want to deal with her. Despite all the drug use, all the self centerness in Daisy, I would totally hang out with her, she loves life, and people but is lonely and she uses drugs to ease her loneliness. Her relationship with Billy, the lead singer of The Six is full of some great sexual tension, and you can feel it heavily as you read.
My second favorite character in Daisy Jones and The Six is Camila, the wife of Billy. While she wasn’t a huge major character, she played quietly in the background loving Billy, keeping him sober and fighting to make their marriage work. Camila was honest, humble and such a strong woman, she also had the patience I am not sure I would have ever had.
The one thing I thought made this book stand out from others was the format the book was written in. You are reading an interview the writer has had with the band and the people who knew or worked with the band. I liked how the written would take on event and then expand on it with the different characters point of view or how they actually remembered the situation. As we all now, you will never get all the details exactly the same from different people. Some will remember more than others, or even have a different opinion of the way it played out.
This book is a book for everyone, you do not have to be a music lover to enjoy it. As found that for me, as I read the book, I had so many Stevie Nicks- Lyndsey Buckingham vibes, though I know their story is completely different, I felt them as I read, maybe it was because I am a huge Fleetwood Mac/ Stevie Nicks fan. Maybe you will find a different band vibe with it, or maybe you will just read it as it and not inject any separate feelings into it, but the book will pull emotions out of you,especially the ending, which has a bit of an unexpected twist to it.