Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5/5
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 ’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 is a young woman with a unique voice and a great look. The Six is a band that has been slowly growing in popularity. When a producer puts the two together for a song, magic happens. The song is a hit, and skyrockets Daisy and The Six to the top of the charts.
The story takes place in the 1970s and is full of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. Along with that lifestyle comes plenty of drama. Told in an interview format, everyone’s voice is heard – the band members, their management, and people important to their history. Daisy starts as a groupie, but really wants to create her own music. Billy, The Six’s frontman, wants his band to do well, but he also falls for Camila, gets married, and has a baby. Daisy and Billy both struggle with love and addiction. Daisy and Billy are the main characters, but Camilla was the strongest character.
I absolutely love the atmosphere of this book. It is about a fictional band, but it all seems so real. I’ve read some reviews that complain of the interview format that this book is written in, but I loved that. The format reminded me of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, which is my favorite nonfiction book about music. It also reminded me a bit of The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, where each band member and some management tells their side of the story.
Flawed characters in a complex story. This book did a skillful portrayal of depicting love, creativity, fame, and heartbreak. A great read for fans of historical fiction and the 1970s rock scene. Honest, empowering, and engaging.