“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.
Includes a PDF of song lyrics from the book
Daisy Jones, read by Jennifer Beals
Billy Dunne, read by Pablo Schreiber
Graham Dunne, read by Benjamin Bratt
Eddie Loving, read by Fred Berman
Warren Rhodes, read by Ari Fliakos
Karen Karen, read by Judy Greer
Camila Dunne, read by January LaVoy
Simone Jackson, read by Robinne Lee
Narrator / Author, read by Julia Whelan
Jim Blades, read by Jonathan Davis
Rod Reyes, read by Henry Leyva
Artie Snyder, read by Oliver Wyman
Elaine Chang, read by Nancy Wu
Freddie Mendoza, read by P.J. Ochlan
Nick Harris, read by Arthur Bishop
Jonah Berg, read by Holter Graham
Greg McGuinness, read by Brendan Wayne
Pete Loving, read by Pete Larkin
Wyatt Stone, read by Alex Jenkins Reid
Hank Allen, read by Robert Petkoff
Opal Cunningham, read by Sara Arrington
Praise for Daisy Jones & The Six
“Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover. . . . Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.”—HelloGiggles
“Reid’s wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year.”—Nylon
“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)
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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.
Read an Excerpt
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?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
“No matter who you choose to go down the road with, you're gonna get hurt. That's just the nature of caring about someone. No matter who you love, they will break your heart along the way.” This book sat on my proverbial bedside table for a long time — I kept meaning to read it in a given month, and it kept getting crowded out by upcoming releases, library due dates, etc. Then someone told me that the audiobook was supposedly really good — so I decided to do “read” it that way. This was an excellent decision. The book is written in the form of a sort-of script, as it’s a mock collection of interview snippets from the members of the band and their friends and families. The audiobook cast and voice acting really went above and beyond to bring the story to life. I found myself riveted, heart breaking right alongside them. Daisy Jones’ parents weren’t really parents to her, and she entered the drug scene early in her life. She found her way to her natural musical talent by accident, but her first record contract wouldn’t let her record her original songs. Meanwhile, The Six had formed, evolved a bit, and started to grow. They had their first tour, which went well for the band but poorly for some of its members. Drugs again. Eventually, they write a song that needs a female vocalist, and they find Daisy. Boom, chemistry. They skyrocket up to the very top of the rock and roll world. But it isn’t easy along the way. Love, drugs, depression, heartbreak, excitement, family, loyalty (and not) — these things take a toll on a person’s life, and on the lives of those who love them. And then there’s a great little twist at the end. What this novel is really, really about is love —for yourself, for others, for music and your own talent. It’s about people struggling all the time, and finding out which struggles are worth it. It’s about how the same situation looks different depending on whose eyes you view it through. And it’s about how you can be both alone and not alone at exactly the same time. I really liked it, and I definitely recommend the audiobook. 100%. “I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of f*cking story.”
Well done and captures the spirit of the times. I'm not crazy about the interview structure, but beautifully delved into most of the band and studio honchos. Was so glad it was being written by who it was.
Best book I've ever read! Enough said.
Daisy Jones & The Six is one of the best books I've read this year. Not only did it feel like I was reading about a real band and the trials and tribulations they went through, but it also made me feel like I was reading/watching these people's private lives play out in front of me. The emotional range I went through while reading was just plain crazy. I rooted for Daisy Jones and the other members of the band, but I also started to get frustrated with the choices being made and how little regard they had for each other when making those choices. All in all, Daisy Jones was a crazy journey through the world of rock and roll, but an emotional journey through the lives of people just trying to do what they love--make music.
Great fun, remembering rock and roll at it's best!
This was remarkable! I listened to this book on audio and I actually feel sorry for the people who read the book, I really do! With all the different individuals in the novel and how they constantly popped in and out of the conversation, I think reading this book would have been confusing to me. Whatever you do, read this book! I thought for sure, I was right back in the 70’s and thought I should be playing their record. Are we sure this story is fiction? I’m not going to rehash the whole story for you, as most of you have already heard it and if you haven’t, the deal is…..if you liked the 70’s music scene, you will enjoy this novel. It’s got music, friendships, family, passion, drugs, sex (just a bit), insecurities, heartaches, and lots of drama. It felt as if, the group occurred by accident. They fed off one another and at times, you could feel them pushing and pulling each other away. They were meant to be together yet at times, they mixed like oil and water. The sound they created was like no other, for what they played were not just words on paper but feelings that were hard to contain. I couldn’t wait to get back to this novel once I started it. As the group struggled, I didn’t cheer for any specific individual, I wanted the whole group to make it through to the top. I struggled with them through each drink, through each quarrel, and through each pill that was popped and each line that was consumed because I knew that all of these effected the group. And this group, I wanted to succeed. With each success, I was proud and couldn’t wait for the next one. I can’t tell you how many times I had to remind myself that this novel was fiction as I found myself drawn into the story, for I felt with this narration, they each were talking about their past. Go, Six and Go, Daisy!
I'm glad I listened to this book instead of read it. I don't think the format would work for me on the page, but it did in audio. With that said, I enjoyed the book to a point, but wasn't blown away by it like many others were. I feel the author did an amazing job creating the characters and the entire history of a band. But it just seemed like I was listening to a "behind the music" type documentary. Predictable seems like a strong word with a negative connotation. I think "nothing surprised me or strayed from the obvious" may fit a bit more. Again, it seemed like it was a real-life documentary of a band from that era. Not an insult at all since it can't be easy to create that from thin air, while at the same time, I've experienced it all before with real-life bands. What this book has accomplished is that it makes me want to read more from the author. If she can write a book like this, I'm really interested to see what she can create with other storylines and characters.
The way to go with this book is to listen to it with its full cast which surprisingly, is easy to keep track. This made the book for me; I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I didn’t listen to it. Daisy Jones & The Six is reminiscent of the old rockumentaries in VH1 Behind the Music. There are a few surprises but for the most part it reads as I expected as an oral history about a fictional mega-talented band in the 70s dealing with addiction, relationships and fame with what we have come to acquaint to the pitfalls of rock and roll.
One of the best books I’ve read all year. Yes, it’s totally hyped, but that doesn’t diminish what a great story this is. Daisy Jones is such a compelling character. She’s practically raised herself on Sunset Boulevard in the shadow of the great rock houses - the Troubador, the Whisky, the Rainbow. Daisy was born to be a star. As her friend Simone recounts in the book, “If the rest of the world was silver, Daisy was gold.” She’s who she is and doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. The only attention Daisy might crave is that of her parents. But this is the 70s, and they are too self-absorbed to even realize when Daisy moves out of the house. Now add in a rock band from Pittsburgh. The Six was formed with the two Dunne brothers, Billy and Graham. Billy Dunne was born to be a star as well. He is beautiful and has the ability to draw all eyes to him. His wife Camila said, “Billy had charisma.” Along with the rest of The Six, Karen, Warren, Eddie and Pete, the band was doing well enough to start booking real gigs across the country. Eventually they moved to Los Angeles. And the rest is history. The Six hooked up with Daisy Jones. The combination of Daisy and Billy was magical. So the story goes. The format of the book was great. Relaying the info to the reader in magazine article format allowed the use of each person’s voice in an easy to follow way. The concept of Daisy as this magical waif who becomes a rock star is so possible back in those days. The Six could have been any of the bands that made it back then. I grew up in the shadow of Sunset Boulevard, so for me, this was like visiting home. While I was a good decade behind Daisy, I still have memories of visiting most of the places that Daisy visited. In this way the story became very real for me. Perhaps that was one reason I truly connected with it. I loved the Billy/Daisy story. And while Eddie felt it was all about Daisy/Billy, the novel really wasn’t. There were so many layers and characters that lent their voices to the story. Daisy/Billy may have been the headline, but there always is more to a story than just a headline. There were twists and unexpected occurrences. Surprises and not so surprising events. I truly could not put this one down. Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a novel to remember. Original review posted at http://bookwormishme.com
That's right, 5 star review right here, and we don't take 5 stars lightly! Such an ingenuitive idea to write out a mock-documentary. So let's dig in. At first I was afraid this dynamic novel was overhyped and I'd been picking it apart from the start- 1. It was unexpected that it's more about The Six and their journey to stardom with a later addition of Daisy Jones to propel them 2. It started off so well written that I forgot I was reading a novel, like I was actually watching a documentary. As the novel progressed though that did fall away a bit. Understandably, the story had to build it's narrative so if the characters' proclamations were more detailed than you'd expect of a rock star that's a small sacrifice to make for the sake of the concept. I will say this, reserve your judgement until the very end. Because once u get there, any criticism u had will melt away. @tjenkinsreid thanks for making this novel so nuanced that you even included the song lyrics!
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.
"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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.)
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.
Loved the concept! Couldn't put it down.
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.