Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)

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.

Praise for Daisy Jones & The Six


“Backstage intrigue is the engine of Daisy Jones & The Six. . . . [A] celebration of American mythmaking.”—Vogue

“Reid’s novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl.”Booklist (starred review)

“Reid delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and ’70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524798628
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 196
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.

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The Groupie

Daisy

Jones

1965–­1972

Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. The daughter of Frank Jones, the well-­known British painter, and Jeanne LeFevre, a French model, Daisy started to make a name for herself in the late sixties as a young teenager on the Sunset Strip.

Elaine Chang (biographer, author of Daisy Jones: Wild Flower): Here is what is so captivating about Daisy Jones even before she was “Daisy Jones.”

You’ve got a rich white girl, growing up in L.A. She’s gorgeous—­even as a child. She has these stunning big blue eyes—­dark, cobalt blue. One of my favorite anecdotes about her is that in the eighties a colored-­contact company actually created a shade called Daisy Blue. She’s got copper-­red hair that is thick and wavy and . . . takes up so much space. And then her cheekbones almost seem swollen, that’s how defined they are. And she’s got an incredible voice that she doesn’t cultivate, never takes a lesson. She’s born with all the money in the world, access to whatever she wants—­artists, drugs, clubs—­anything and everything at her disposal.

But she has no one. No siblings, no extended family in Los Angeles. Two parents who are so into their own world that they are all but indifferent to her existence. Although, they never shy away from making her pose for their artist friends. That’s why there are so many paintings and photos of Daisy as a child—­the artists that came into that home saw Daisy Jones, saw how gorgeous she was, and wanted to capture her. It’s telling that there is no Frank Jones piece of Daisy. Her father is too busy with his male nudes to pay much attention to his daughter. And in general, Daisy spends her childhood rather alone.

But she’s actually a very gregarious, outgoing kid—­Daisy would often ask to get her hair cut just because she loved her hairdresser, she would ask neighbors if she could walk their dogs, there was even a family joke about the time Daisy tried to bake a birthday cake for the mailman. So this is a girl that desperately wants to connect. But there’s no one in her life who is truly interested in who she is, especially not her parents. And it really breaks her. But it is also how she grows up to become an icon.

We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.

So it makes sense that Daisy starts to find herself on the Sunset Strip. This glamorous, seedy place.

Daisy Jones (singer, Daisy Jones & The Six): I could walk down to the Strip from my house. I was about fourteen, sick of being stuck in the house, just looking for something to do. I wasn’t old enough to get into any of the bars and clubs but I went anyway.

I remember bumming a cigarette off of a roadie for the Byrds when I was pretty young. I learned quickly that people thought you were older if you didn’t wear your bra. And sometimes I’d wear a bandanna headband like the cool girls had on. I wanted to fit in with the groupies on the sidewalk, with their joints and their flasks and all of that.

So I bummed a cigarette from this roadie outside the Whisky a Go Go one night—­the first time I’d ever had one and I tried to pretend I did it all the time. I held the cough in my throat and what have you—­and I was flirting with him the best I could. I’m embarrassed to think about it now, how clumsy I probably was.

But eventually, some guy comes up to the roadie and says, “We gotta get inside and set up the amps.” And he turns to me and says, “You coming?” And that’s how I snuck into the Whisky for the first time.

I stayed out that night until three or four in the morning. I’d never done anything like that before. But suddenly it was like I existed. I was a part of something. I went from zero to sixty that night. I was drinking and smoking anything anybody would give me.

When I got home, I walked in through the front door, drunk and stoned, and crashed in my bed. I’m pretty sure my parents never even noticed I was gone.

I got up, went out the next night, did the same thing.

Eventually, the bouncers on the Strip recognized me and let me in wherever I was going. The Whisky, London Fog, the Riot House. No one cared how young I was.

Greg McGuinness (former concierge, the Continental Hyatt House): Ah, man, I don’t know how long Daisy was hanging around the Hyatt House before I noticed her. But I remember the first time I saw her. I was on the phone and in walks this crazy tall, crazy skinny girl with these bangs. And the biggest, roundest blue eyes you ever saw in your life, man. She also had this smile. Huge smile. She came in on the arm of some guy. I don’t remember who.

A lot of the girls around the Strip back then, I mean, they were young, but they tried to seem older. Daisy just was, though. Didn’t seem like she was trying to be anything. Except herself.

After that, I noticed she was at the hotel a lot. She was always laughing. There was nothing jaded about her, ’least when I knew her. It was like watching Bambi learn how to walk. She was real naïve and real vulnerable but you could tell there was something about her.

I was nervous for her, tell you the truth. There were so many men in the scene that were . . . into young girls. Thirty-­something rock stars sleeping with teenagers. Not saying it was okay, just saying that’s how it was. How old was Lori Mattix when she was with Jimmy Page? Fourteen? And Iggy Pop and Sable Starr? He sang about it, man. He was bragging about it.

When it came to Daisy—­I mean, the singers, the guitarists, the roadies—­everybody was looking at her. Whenever I saw her, though, I’d try to make sure she was doing all right. I kept tabs on her here and there. I really liked her. She was just cooler than anything else happening around her.

Daisy: I learned about sex and love the hard way. That men will take what they want and feel no debt, that some people only want one piece of you.

I do think there were girls—­the Plaster Casters, some of the GTOs—­maybe they weren’t being taken advantage of, I don’t know. But it was a bad scene for me, at first.

I lost my virginity to somebody that . . . it doesn’t matter who it was. He was older, he was a drummer. We were in the lobby of the Riot House and he invited me upstairs to do some lines. He said I was the girl of his dreams.

I was drawn to him mainly because he was drawn to me. I wanted someone to single me out as something special. I was just so desperate to hold someone’s interest.

Before I knew it, we were on his bed. And he asked me if I knew what I was doing and I said yes even though the answer was no. But everyone always talked about free love and how sex was a good thing. If you were cool, if you were hip, you liked sex.

I stared at the ceiling the whole time, waiting for him to be done. I knew I was supposed to be moving around but I stayed perfectly still, scared to move. All you could hear in the room was the sound of our clothes rubbing up against the bedspread.

I had no idea what I was doing or why I was doing things I knew I didn’t want to be doing. But I’ve had a lot of therapy in my life now. And I mean a lot of therapy. And I see it now. I see myself clearly now. I wanted to be around these men—­these stars—­because I didn’t know how else to be important. And I figured I had to please them if I wanted to stay.

When he was done, he got up. And I pulled my dress down. And he said, “If you want to go back down to your friends, that’s all right.” I didn’t really have any friends. But I knew he meant I needed to leave. So I did.

He never talked to me again.

Simone Jackson (disco star): I remember seeing Daisy on the dance floor one night at the Whisky. Everybody saw her. Your eye went right to her. If the rest of the world was silver, Daisy was gold.

Daisy: Simone became my best friend.

Simone: I brought Daisy out with me everywhere. I never had a sister.

I remember . . . It was the Sunset Strip riot, when all of us went down to Pandora’s and protested the curfew and the cops. Daisy and I went out, protested, met up with some actors and went over to Barney’s Beanery to keep partying. After that, we went back to somebody’s place. Daisy passed out on this guy’s patio. We didn’t go home until the next afternoon. She was maybe fifteen. I was probably nineteen. I just kept thinking, Doesn’t anybody care about this girl but me?

And, by the way, we were all on speed back then, even Daisy as young as she was. But if you wanted to stay skinny and be up all night, you were taking something. Mostly bennies or black beauties.

Daisy: Diet pills were an easy choice. It didn’t even feel like a choice. It didn’t even feel like we were getting high, at first. Coke, too. If it was around, you took a bump. People didn’t even consider it an addiction. It wasn’t like that.

Simone: My producer bought me a place in Laurel Canyon. He wanted to sleep with me. I told him no and he bought it for me anyway. I had Daisy move in.

We ended up sharing a bed for six months. So I can tell you firsthand that that girl never slept. I’d be trying to fall asleep at four in the morning and Daisy would want the light on so she could read.

Daisy: I had pretty bad insomnia for a long time, even when I was a kid. I’d be up at eleven o’clock, saying I wasn’t tired, and my parents would always yell at me to “just go to sleep.” So in the middle of the night I was always looking for quiet things to do. My mom had these romance novels hanging around so I would read those. It would be two in the morning and my parents would be having a party downstairs and I’d be sitting on my bed with my lamp on, reading Doctor Zhivago or Peyton Place.

And then it just became habit. I would read anything that was around. I wasn’t picky. Thrillers, detective novels, sci-­fi.

Around the time I moved in with Simone, I found a box of history biographies on the side of the road one day, up in Beachwood Canyon. I tore through those in no time.

Simone: I’ll tell you, she’s the entire reason I started wearing a sleeping mask. [Laughs] But then I kept doing it because I looked chic.

Daisy: I was living with Simone for two weeks before I went home to get more clothes.

My dad said, “Did you break the coffeemaker this morning?”

I said, “Dad, I don’t even live here.”

Simone: I told her the one condition of living with me was that she had to go to school.

Daisy: High school was not easy for me. I knew that to get an A, you had to do what you were told. But I also knew that a lot of what we were being told was bullshit. I remember one time I was assigned an essay on how Columbus discovered America and so I wrote a paper about how Columbus did not discover America. Because he didn’t. But then I got an F.

I said to my teacher, “But I’m right.”

And she said, “But you didn’t follow the assignment.”

Simone: She was so bright and her teachers didn’t seem to really recognize that.

Daisy: People always say I didn’t graduate high school but I did. When I walked across the stage to get my diploma, Simone was cheering for me. She was so proud of me. And I started to feel proud of myself, too. That night, I took the diploma out of its case and I folded it up and I used it, like a bookmark, in my copy of Valley of the Dolls.

Simone: When my first album flopped, my record label dropped me. My producer kicked us out of that place. I got a job waiting tables and moved in with my cousin in Leimert Park. Daisy had to move back in with her parents.

Daisy: I just packed up my stuff from Simone’s and drove it right back to my parents’ place. When I walked in the front door, my mom was on the phone, smoking a cigarette.

I said, “Hey, I’m back.”

She said, “We got a new couch,” and then just kept on talking on the phone.

Simone: Daisy got all of her beauty from her mother. Jeanne was gorgeous. I remember I met her a few times back then. Big eyes, very full lips. There was a sensuality to her. People used to always tell Daisy she looked just like her mother. They did look similar but I knew better than to tell Daisy that.

I think one time I said to Daisy, “Your mom is beautiful.”

Daisy said to me, “Yeah, beautiful and nothing else.”

Reading Group Guide

1. This book is written in an oral history format. Why do you think the author chose to structure the book this way? How does this approach affect your reading experience?

2. At one point Daisy says, “I was just supposed to be the inspiration for some man’s great idea. . . . I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.” How does her experience of being used by others contribute to the decisions she makes when she joins The Six?

3. Why do you think Billy has such a strong need to control the group, both early on when they are simply the Dunne Brothers and later when they become Daisy Jones & The Six?

4. There are two sets of brothers in The Six: Eddie and Pete Loving, and Billy and Graham Dunne. How do these sibling relationships affect the band?

5. Daisy, Camila, Simone, and Karen are each very different embodiments of female strength and creativity. Who are you most drawn to and why?

6. Billy and Daisy become polarizing figures for the band. Who in the book gravitates more toward Billy’s leadership, and who is more inclined to follow Daisy’s way of doing things? How do these alliances change over time, and how does this dynamic upset the group’s balance?

7. Why do you think Billy and Daisy clash so strongly? What misunderstandings between them are revealed through the “author’s” investigation?

8. What do you think of Camila’s decision to stand by Billy, despite the ways that he has hurt her through his trouble with addiction and wavering faithfulness? How would you describe their relationship? How does it differ from Billy and Daisy’s relationship?

9. Camila says about Daisy and Billy, “The two of you think you’re lost souls, but you’re what everybody is looking for.” What does she mean by this?

10. As you read the lyrics to Aurora, are there any songs or passages that lead you to believe Daisy or Billy was intimating things within their work that they wouldn’t admit to each other or themselves?

11. What do you think of Karen’s decision about her pregnancy and Graham’s reaction to the news? What part do gender roles play in their situation?

12. Were you surprised to discover who the “author” was? How did you react to learning the “author’s” reason for writing this book?

13. What role does the reliability of memory play in the novel? Were there instances in which you believed one person’s account of an event more than another? What does the “author” mean when she states at the beginning, “The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle”?

14. What did you think of the songs written by Daisy Jones & The Six? How did you imagine they would sound?

15. If you are old enough to have your own memories of the 1970s, do you feel the author captured that time period well? If you didn’t experience the seventies yourself, what did this fictional depiction of the time evoke for you?

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Daisy Jones & The Six 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This was a great read! I enjoyed it as if I was reading about an actual band’s history. My only complaint is that the entire novel feels as though it is spoken by one voice not multiple ones. There is no real change from one character’s voice to the next. While that could be interpreted as happening because one author is writing what she heard, I think it would have given a bit more life to the characters had it been written with more variation in voice. With that said, this is a fast read, and I really enjoyed the ride through rock-n-roll past with Daisy Jones and The Six!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I++expected++so+much+more.++I+could+not+get+into+the+characters.++The+writing+was+good.++Just+to+predictable++for+me++
Anonymous 3 days ago
Really+enjoyed+this+book%21+A+quick+romp+through+a+band%27s+trajectory+in+the+70s.+Told+in+the+style+of+Edie+by+Jean+Stein+and+George+Plimpton%2C+which+worked+most+of+the+time.+%28There+were+some+places+where+it+seemed+like+a+conversation+and+it+didn%27t+ring+through+as+an+interview.%29%0A%0AThe+distinct+personalities+of+all+the+characters+really+came+through.+Highly+recommend.%0A%0ANow+we+just+need+a+soundtrack%21%0A%0A
Doreena Silva 7 days ago
OMG!!!! I LOVED this book! I would have given it 10+ stars! Being the music fan that I am I could so relate to all the workings in this book. It was also awesome that it took place in the 70's my era as well! I get nervous reading a book that I read had such great reviews but this one deserved all it got and more! I love the style in which it was written not exactly sure what it's called but loved the per person point of view. I only wish Daisy Jones and the six were a real group cause those song lyrics and backstories to them are amazing! Oh and end note, I loved the ending.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Loved++this+book%21+The+concept+very+interesting%21+
JMTJTC 21 days ago
"I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of f***ing story.” Genre: Historical Fiction Number of Pages: 368 Perspective: Multiple First Person Location: Los Angeles, CA This book takes place in the late sixties in the era of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. It is formatted in documentary-style transcripts and follows a band, The Six, who reluctantly accepts the alluring Daisy Jones as their second lead singer. I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast. Check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here: https://anchor.fm/judgingmorethan/episodes/Book-Discussion-Daisy-Jones-and-The-Six-by-Taylor-Jenkins-Reid-e3rtvn TL;DR: Fantastic behind-the-music-style mocumentary perfect for any lover of rock-and-roll. To read my full review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/04/review-daisy-jones-and-the-six-taylor-jenkins-reid.html
TiBookChatter 26 days ago
An accurate depiction of what fame can do to a person, to a band, to a family. Daisy Jones & The Six has been everywhere. It was chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s book club Hello Sunshine and so many of my reader friends have read it…or tried to. Not everyone has loved it, which is the way it goes when a book hits the scene with so much hype. I, however, loved it. I’ve not felt like this about a book in a long time. The story is about the beginnings of a fictional rock band called The Six during the late 60’s, well into the 70’s. Headed up by Billy Dunne, a writer and singer with talent coming out of his pores, The Six clearly has a sound that the record industry immediately notices. At the same time, Daisy Jones is this barefoot wisp of a thing. Young and strung-out on drugs, but possesses a voice and presence that is hard to ignore. Under the same record label as The Six, it’s only a matter of time before their manager tries to put the two of them together and their chemistry if off-the-charts. The crowd loves them. What happens when you put two, larger-than-life people together and ask them to share the stage? What happens to the rest of the band? What happens to Billy’s relationship with his wife and kids? What happens to Daisy as she slowly sinks ever deeper into a cloud of drugs, desperately wanting what other people have? Wow. Wow. Wow. The story started off slow but once I got into it, I could not turn the pages fast enough. Throughout the story there is this sense of doom that I could not shake. I had to know what it was. The format did not bother me. It’s written like a script so it’s not surprising that it’s slated to be a TV series soon. Reid mentioned that Fleetwood Mac might have been the inspiration behind the book. I can totally see it. What I cannot stress enough is how the story made me feel. It contains that classic mix of love and pain and recklessness and danger. Anyone who has experienced complicated love or love that makes you question everything you know to be true will get totally caught-up in this story. You don’t even have to love rock and roll to get it. This is a book you must experience for yourself. Read it. Feel it. That’s all I can say about it. Readers have said the audio book is fabulous so if you don’t like the script format perhaps that’s the way to go.
bookchelle 3 months ago
I have heard about Daisy Jones & The Six since before it’s release on March 5th. I also saw the multitude of bookstagram posts upon release. It was discussed by celebrities and mentioned in almost all of the relevant publications. Hype is an understatement. Daisy Jones & The Six is if Almost Famous was made with Florence and The Machines. I opted to listen to the audiobook rather than read the physical book because of the cast list. Jennifer Beals? Benjamin Bratt? I had a feeling that it was going to be an experience with such a stellar cast, and I wasn’t wrong. Daisy Jones & The Six is told in an interview collective of stories, chronologically recounting the stories of their start, their boom, and slowly revealing the secrets of their demise. As soon as Jennifer Beals began speaking, and breathing life into Daisy Jones, I knew I was hooked. Daisy’s story came to life, allowing me to become invested with this character that you yearned for. But don’t get me wrong, Daisy was not a victim. If anything, she was an inspiration and a force, giving me female power vibes straight from the 70s. The story of The Six isn’t any different. Their story was a timeline of sweat and tears of achieving your dreams. I never felt so devoted for a group of people to excel. Did I feel similar feelings when watching Bohemian Rhapsody? You bet. But The Six are a unique and special group that I had the pleasure of meeting. Reid’s writing is impeccable. I enjoyed the progression of the story and I was drawn in. All I thought about was Daisy’s story and how The Six played a part of her success. I found myself excited to get a moment of free time to listen to this amazing story. The cast was amazing. Regardless if it was told in an interview fashion, it was easy to picture these fictional characters because of how great these narrators were. I enjoyed every moment, and I’m already thinking about re-listening to the audiobook.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Reading about a rock band would not have been my first choice but my book club was reading it and The Tattered Cover in Denver has never steered me wrong. I thought before I started it that I could be forgiven for saying this topic didn’t suit me since I am a generation older than the majority of our group. Once I started reading though it turns out that like any good story it had characters that you could really care about and a compelling narrative to tie it all together. I will definitely be looking for other Taylor Jenkins Reid books to read. She is masterful. Patricia Flach
Renwarsreads 3 months ago
This book is written in an interview format. I've never read a book like this before. I felt like it really kept the flow going and it was interesting to read what each character recalled, somewhat differently, than the other about their past. Following the rise of one of the greatest fictional bands of our time was such a bumpy ride, but I felt like I was there with them during their struggles and their rise to fame. This book easily conveyed how it felt to be around in the 70s and it has a little surprise twist at the end that I wasn't expecting!
cc27 4 months ago
Taylor Jenkins Reid has a major hit with Daisy Jones and the Six. The format - each person's story in his or her own voice - is not my favorite, and I had anticipated not really enjoying the book. Instead, I absolutely loved it and read it in one sitting. The character of Daisy was inspired by the baby groupies of the 1970's. These young girls, ages 12 to 16, followed headlining bands to party with the band members. Although some people scream "child sexual abuse", the band members were actually victims of beautiful young ladies, who saw them as notches on a belt. Daisy Jones, at all of 16, is aging out of the baby groupies. She is a talented, although amateur songwriter, with an amazing voice. These talents land her a recording contract. Billy Dunne is the lead singer of a band called The Six. Their first album is a great success; however, the joys of a road tour - drugs, sex, and groupies - get the better of Billy. The band's second album is a struggle, so the studio forces Daisy Jones and Billy to work together This story chronicles the flaming stars of DaisyJones, Billly Dunne, and The Six as they rise to international fame, becoming , quite possibly, the greatest band in the world . Although the band is fictional, it accurately portrays a great rock band of the 1970's. It's also a realistic portrayal of the pop culture of the time, when the only things that mattered were sex, drugs, and rock and roll. This title is a walk down memory lane for those of us who came of age in the 1970's . I would highly recommend this title for anyone over the age of 16; however, parents should be strongly cautioned regarding the adult themes of the story. I cannot thank Net Galley and Ballantine Books for providing a free copy of this title for my review. #DaisyJonesandtheSix#NetGalley#BallantineBooks
CourtneyB 4 months ago
I picked this baby up and was filled with total sadness every time I had to put it down. (Do I really NEED my job??) I was nervous about the format of this book, as I knew it was written in interview format and I was so scared I would not be able to keep up or follow all the characters. There WERE a lot of characters to keep up with, but they're so well written. I fell in love with every member of The Six, even Eddy the Complainer. Each of their personalities really come out well, even in interview form, making it easy to follow right along. I will say the book is better listened to on audiobook. There is a full cast and it is just SO AMAZING. However, a couple times I was reading in public and it was just as easy to follow physically in the book. I found myself, more times than once, opening my Apple Music app to listen to the songs being described. I also found myself itching to Google The Six and read up on their history and all the hot gossip about them. I can't even tell you how many times I had to remind myself that these people aren't real! (It was like this for me as I read Evelyn Hugo, too. Damn you, Taylor.) It is so evident in her writing that Taylor really takes the time to do her research and incorporate as many real life references as she can in her stories, and I truly admire that. I found myself smiling so much during this book, and I believe it will stay with me a while. (I also recommend every single other Taylor Jenkins Reid book published so far. Her storytelling is phenomenal.)
LibrarianSGP 5 months ago
Forty years ago, Daisy Jones and The Six saw a meteoric rise culminating with one of the best-selling albums ever, then the band broke up in the middle of their tour. The reason was never known until the publication of this book, a series of interviews with band members and anyone else intimately involved with the group. It’s the classic rock and roll story: young, beautiful, neglected, rich groupie Daisy Jones hangs out at clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeps with musicians, takes way too many drugs, and dreams of a career as a singer/songwriter. A garage band from a small town with sexy, brooding front man Billy Dunne gets noticed by a big-name producer and is brought to LA to make music. Despite (or perhaps because) his girlfriend gets pregnant, Billy goes wild on their first tour, sleeping with fans and abusing both drugs and alcohol. When Daisy is brought in for one song, the chemistry between the two is undeniable, both on the stage and when writing songs together. But what happens when two uber-talented, self-destructive and volatile people have to share the spotlight? Reid has written a mesmerizing and unforgettable novel that is impossible to put down. Not only does it illuminate the exhilarating and tragic history of rock and roll, but, by calling on the memories of the characters, it also clearly demonstrates how contradictory perceptions of events can destroy relationships and drug and alcohol abuse can destroy lives. It makes your heart pound, it makes you cry, it makes you remember the magic of the ‘70s music scene. This is a tour de force! I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Ballantine through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved the concept! Couldn't put it down.
DianeD54 5 months ago
I loved this book! It was so good and so different I couldn't read fast enough. It tells the story of a fictional rock band set in the 1970's and is told in an interview style. There is so much to say about these characters and their story that you just need to read it.
Ratbruce 5 months ago
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down... I literally read it in one day! This amazingly creative approach to a novel has everything; rock'n'roll, relationships, great character development and some surprise twists. Highly recommended. This book should appeal across the board to a diverse cross section of readers.
MaleehaS 5 months ago
In my opinion, this is a solid 4 star read throughout. The part that happened on July 12, 1979 though...That was 5 stars. I think the biggest issue I had was that I didn't really feel the chemistry between Daisy and Billy. Still a great read and you should all give it a try.
Nycol 6 months ago
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid has teeth! It is a rocking work of literary fiction that will grab you from the very first word! From the lyrical prose to the cinematic plot to the compelling characters, Daisy & The Six has the making of a modern day, cult classic. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a dynamic writer. This book is one of her best, and that’s saying a lot because she is brilliant! Artist Daisy Jones comes of age in the 60s and 70s. Instead of spending her early teenage years in class or at school dances, Daisy finds herself immersed in the world of sex and drugs all while falling in love with rock ‘n roll. At the same time a popular band, The Six are on the rise as well and are spending some of their time in the same unsteady world as Daisy. When collaboration between Daisy and the members of The Six is suggested, legends are born. Written from multiple viewpoints yet told like an interview, the sequencing is both dynamic and seamless. I read this in 24 hours; I just couldn’t put it down. It’s my favorite book of the year so far! I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Peppyob 6 months ago
"I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it" (Keith Richards / Mick Jagger). Daisy Jones and the Six is a fabulous rock and roll novel. My husband was in a locally successful Miami Punk rock band during the 70s through the greater part of the 80s. Taylor Jenkins Reid was spot on how the inner relationships between band members are intensely emotional and can be highly conflictual. Her descriptions of how different members of the bands recollect the past are so true. She portrayed how band members personal love relationships can sometimes wreak havoc within a band. Without giving the ending away, I admired that Taylor Jenkins Reid stood away from the usual tragic (mainly drug related)outcomes that fictional rock and roll novels and movies often have. I also loved that the women were depicted as strong characters, yet so different from one another. I can't wait to see how Reese Witherspoon (as producer) and Amazon Studios transition the story to film.
diane92345 6 months ago
Daisy Jones & The Six is the best non-thriller that I have read this year! Set in the turbulent late 1970s Sunset Boulevard band scene, The Six is a five member middle-of-road rock band who are effectively forced by their label to add a sexy new lead singer, Daisy Jones. Daisy is a free spirit who dresses and acts without worrying about what others think. She is also stunningly beautiful and a drug addict. The Six’ singer, Billy, has recently returned from rehab and is determined to not relapse for his wife and newborn daughter’s sake. Daisy Jones & The Six is compulsively readable. I was late to work two out of the three days that I read it. I just had to read the next interview. While not a traditional thriller, the book has a mystery: why did the band break up. However, it was the convincing character interactions that heightened my enjoyment of the book. All the characters seemed so real with genuine and frequently conflicting emotions driving their actions. I can’t recommend this Reese’s Book Club pick highly enough. 5 stars! Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Thebooktrail-com 6 months ago
What a rock and roll read this was! Clever too as the style of writing is in the form of transcripts and interviews and the odd song lyric to reveal a journey in more ways than one. This is the journey of a band formed and fed in Los Angeles and the various band members who go on the road and tell their story. The reader is definitely taken along for the ride. IT’s a tale of drugs, sex and rock and roll of course but it’s the dynamics between the characters, the ego,s the ambition and more which really …if you excuse the pun,..sings. Daisy Jones is your typical teenager at first, sneaking into clubs and sleeping with rock stars. She does all this to get to her one goal – to be a singer. When she meets Billy Dunne, history is made. As I started to get further in to this tale, I had to keep checking the band was indeed fictional as the mix of history and legend is very compelling and utterly convincing. Life on the road in a band sounds idyllic one minute and totally terrifying the next, but that’s what compelling about the whole story. You know it’s the journey that’s going to be the key as we already know the ending, but it;s the version of the story that we get that is going to going to be hard to decipher. It’s psychedelic, compelling, fascinating and draws you in with a brilliant writing style and commentary feel to it all. You feel like one of the band so from the word go, you are on that journey with them. And the characters are all so different and well developed. Unique, memorable and a hit in the making.
kaitlynspet 6 months ago
Daisy Jones and the Six is the story of a 6 member band that is joined by a female singer/songwriter quite by accident. The book starts out slow but becomes more interesting and engrossing as the story unfolds. The story contains sex, drugs and rock and roll and other typical band antics. There is also an awakening of sorts as the band mates mature and face real-life events. I enjoyed Daisy Jones and The Six. Growing up in the sixties and seventies made it all the more believable for me.
Candice_S 6 months ago
I devoured this book in one sitting, falling completely in love with this story, the characters and their journey. So in love in fact, that I am completely devastated this is not a real band, because I want to be able to listen to all the music and read more stories about them! Taylor Jenkins Reid is a powerhouse author who manages to create characters that are so real, flawed, broken, lovable and human that you cannot help but love them, root for them and wish that you never had to say good bye to a single one of them. This story explodes from the page with passion, and that would just not be possible without the cast she brings together on the page. I also completely loved the format of this book - told as an oral history of the band, in an interview format, the story speeds along so quickly, you cannot believe it when you find yourself nearing the end of the book. I wanted to read faster and slower every single page of this book - and I ADORED where Taylor took this story and ended the tale. If I can't have more, I am at least entirely satisfied where these humans landed in the end. This will be a Top 10 book of my year, without any question. I am in love with this book in the most passionate way. I could not recommend it enough, and I defy any reader to not fall in love the same way.
readsandreviews 6 months ago
Daisy Jones & The Six does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the California music scene in the mid-70s. The pace of the storytelling by the band members reflects the energy of the time. The music, drugs, sex, and alcohol seemed to flow one into the other and that’s exactly how this story is told. I loved the moments of contradiction between characters, proving that the truth lies somewhere in between (or in some cases nowhere at all). I loved how the buildup of relationships could be felt just from simple little observations. I loved Warren and how he gave me a break from all the craziness, pulling me back from the edge with just a sentence or two. I was floored at how TJR could bring each character to life without a single paragraph describing body language. The entire story is told to the reader and It. Worked. Then, there’s Daisy and Billy. Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne are the center of this story, the rest of the characters circling them for what feels like a lifetime but in essence is only about 10 years. In a way, they’re both caricatures of the flower child and rocker of the 70s, but TJR brings them to life. Both can easily be seen as unlikable, but they’re not. Instead they’re flawed and relatable. Truthfully, I was a little leary starting this book, put off by the way the story is told. Initially it was very difficult to get a handle on the characters as we jumped from one to another. I even found myself flipping back to see who was talking. But, as I moved forward, the voices of the characters became so familiar that I had no issues knowing who was talking. More so, I realized that TJR had taken a big risk that really paid off. This wasn’t a story that could be told by one or two people and she told it just about perfectly. 4 stars for Daisy Jones & The Six. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
bookchickdi 6 months ago
Last year I read Taylor Jenkins Reid's wonderful novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and loved it. Her take on an Elizabeth Taylor-like character was so engrossing, I couldn't put it down. So when I heard that her new novel Daisy Jones & the Six was publishing, I put it on the top of my To Be Read list. Daisy Jones & the Six is a take on a Fleetwood Mac-like band. It is written as a series of interviews with the band members, producers, friends and others, so you get everybody's point of view to the meteoric rise and fall of a rock band. Daisy Jones wanted to be known as a singer-songwriter, and with her gorgeous look and voice, she quickly garnered attention of men. She also used and abused drugs and alcohol and looked for love in the wrong places. Billy Dunne started a band called The Six with his brother Graham in their Pittsburgh hometown and build a solid following, eventually signing with a record company. He fell in love with Camilla, and even through the physical separations of him on tour and with his alcoholism, they managed to marry and start a family. When the record company had Daisy sing a song with The Six, it was lightning in a bottle. Daisy joined the band and wanted to contribute her own songs to the band, something that the controlling Billy wanted no part of. But when their album becomes a monster hit and they have a sold-out arena tour, there is no going back, through the love affairs, breakups and band fights. Writing the book as a series of interviews works very well here, and at the end of the book you discover why it was written that way. You see the ups and downs of being in the music business from a first-hand perspective. Jenkins Reid also includes the lyrics (that she wrote) to all of the songs from their breakout album and reading them feels like songs from the 1970s California rock scene. I wondered if someone will eventually put them to music. We may find the answer to that- Reese Witherspoon has optioned the book to turn into a 13-part TV series on Amazon. This book is tailor-made for a TV series and I for one can't wait. If you had a worn put copy of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours, Dais Jones & the Six is for you.