Published by Ballantine Books on 3/5/19
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
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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.
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.
Daisy Jones and the Six is brilliantly told through at least a dozen different characters’ voices, all offering up their own perspective on the rise and fall of this rock band. It covers their struggles, their whirlwind romances, their addictions, their grief, their temptations and their lust… and, of course, their music. It was beautiful and devastating and I can’t think of a story that twisted me up quite like this one did.
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Wow. Just wow. After Evelyn Hugo, I didn’t think Taylor Jenkins Reid could possibly wow me any more. But… WOW. I’ve never read anything like Daisy Jones and the Six. This storyline, the way it’s written, was SO SMART, so evocative. It’s so much more than a story of sex, drugs and rock and roll but it is all of those things. It’s art imitating life imitating art. It reads like a documentary, an episode of Behind The Music that follows the most intimate details of the band members and those involved with them at the time.
Daisy Jones and the Six is brilliantly told through at least a dozen different characters’ voices, all offering up their own perspective on the rise and fall of this rock band. It covers their struggles, their whirlwind romances, their addictions, their grief, their temptations and their lust… and, of course, their music. It was beautiful and devastating and I can’t think of a story that twisted me up quite like this one did. I never wanted it to end but I was desperate to see where it would go. It literally had me in knots on every single page. How you can love these characters and hate these characters with equal measure and only want good things for them while simultaneously feeling wholly infuriated by their choices… it’s such an emotional roller coaster, the true definition of ANGST, and it felt both authentic and ethereal all at once.
If you have the opportunity to listen to the audio version of this book, I can not recommend it enough. The narration is brilliant and perfect and it brings to life a story that already feels like a force of nature all by itself. I couldn’t get enough of it. This is not a feel good story necessarily. It is gritty and raw… so raw that you come away feeling like you saw too much, like the veil of fame and success is there to protect you because what really goes on behind it is often so ugly and so twisty and so unbelievably complicated. But it’s so very good. There is nothing like it. My heart was pummeled. I laughed. I felt sick. I was enraged and my heart ached and I was moved by these friendships and by what fame does to relationships and what can survive stardom and what can’t. These characters are so vivid and unforgettable. The writing is NEXT LEVEL. The entire package is like NOTHING ELSE. It is supremely phenomenal and unequivocally one of the most searing storylines I’ve ever read.