Daisy Jones & The Sixby Published 05 Mar 2019
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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 and 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 & The Six" Reviews
NEW UPDATED REVIEW.....
I already expressed LOVING this novel: REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVING IT.....about a fictional rock band in the 1970’s - their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene - eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is not a novice author. Her other five books:
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”,
“One True Loves”,
“Maybe in Another Life”,
“After I Do”,
Are ‘all’ genuinely - emotionally - passionate books that make readers *FEEL*.
I’ve been thinking about “Daisy Jones and The Six” for days:
.....the story, the creative structure, the characters as individuals and in relationship to one another: written superbly!!!
As for ‘emotions’.....and ‘reflecting’....I’m still engaged — as this soulful novel is more than drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll......its a novel that speaks to our own losses and loves. This book broke my heart and mended it. The authenticity of these mult-dimensional characters have us relating to how similar & universal our inner voices are. It becomes totally clear yet so complex to understand how we can love somebody but not be happy with the way things are.
This novel’s achievement is deeply moving - irresistible- and the real beauty is that it FEELS TOTALLY ALIVE....made with REAL VIBRANT ENERGY!
There are written songs - that I can’t wait to ‘hear’. The mini series can’t come fast enough for me—-I’m a fiction-rock-band-book-groupie!!! Guilty pleasure- out of the closet!!!
While reading this novel - there were parts where I wished I had bought tickets to the live show —
I would have given anything to hear Daisy and Billie sing together. A couple of times they were soooo vulnerable- you could cut the air tension with a knife.
Bottom line..... extraordinary......brilliant....heartbreaking...depth....and beauty.
LAST..... some thoughts as to ‘why’ I think Taylor Jenkins Reid is popular...with ‘strong-loyal-fans’......( I admit to being one of them - having read every book she has written)
.....MOST: TJR makes us *FEEL*
.....we often get a lump in our throat in her novels
.....Stories always move smoothly
.....Her characters are complex - broken & beautiful- powerful & fragile -
.....Simple moments - mundane moments are so real - we relate.
.....Storytelling is wise, witty, smart, devastating, inspiring, often consumed by passion and love
.....Her stories have us thinking “what might we do?”.
.....Taylor Jenkins Reid skillful writing transfers into real experiential tales....she can crawl inside our heads and have us laughing one minute - worried the next -
.....when it comes to creating powerful - glamorous- female characters - TJR is the ‘go-to’ author.....at the same time she knows how to capture the quiet behind the scenes powerful woman equally as well.
.....None of her books are the same - yet we trust we will be taken on an entertaining unpredictable journey.
FIRST REVIEW immediately after reading.....
Review coming in a day or two .. or three ...
Going to get some sleep!
“I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you’re around”
GREAT BOOK.... should make a terrific mini series!!!!
At first...These characters felt SO REAL... I was SURE there must have been a real’ DAISY JONES.
I went to look ‘Daisy Jones’ up on Google ... she didn’t exist!
I was sad!
But... Taylor Jenkins Reed created a novel that felt soooooooo darn real...
It’s hard to believe it’s ‘not’ a biography.
I LOVED IT!!! Loved it! Loved it! loved it!!!!!!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a 2019 Ballantine Books publication.
Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll! I mean, that’s what the seventies were all about, man!! Right?
Taylor Jenkins Reid has done an admirable job of creating the atmosphere and mindset of the seventies and the rock bands that were catapulted to success beyond their wildest dreams.
From their humble incarnation to their mega-stardom, to their slide down into relative obscurity, the author takes us on a journey back to the days when the music meant everything, the bands were serious about their art, and the rock and roll lifestyle either made you or it broke you.
To tell the band’s storied history, the author employs a documentary style format, which is an interesting approach. It works in some ways, but it falls flat in others. As other reviewers have pointed out, the fictional band featured in this story is a thinly veiled Fleetwood Mac prototype.
Again, this works to some extent because many people are familiar with the outrageous dramas within the band and it feels a bit familiar, and therefore plausible. But, at the same time, I did wish this fictional band had not borne such a close resemblance to an actual group. I thought it took something away from the story, as it was less imaginative than it could have been. However, this might be what made the book appealing to some readers.
That said, as the story progresses, and the band follows an all too familiar and cliched path, riddled with pitfalls, drugs, relationship woes, and all manner of inner turmoil and temptation, the story makes an ever so subtle shift into something a little more substantial than the typical ‘Behind the Music’ ‘Rockumentary’ type of story.
Although the characters’ personas are very recognizable, they are also very well constructed and unique in their own way. They do prompt emotions, but are still enigmas, in the same way the rock stars of the seventies often were, adding to, and maintaining their mystique. The downside to that gamble is that one may not feel a deep connection with them.
While those thoughts were whirling around in my head, the realization that I'd finally become invested in the welfare of the band snuck up on me. I did, finally, find myself wrapped up in the drama, and was torn by the difficult choices that the characters made, questioning some, understanding others, but ultimately making peace with the way everything came together in the end.
I will confess I was very much looking forward to this book and with all the rave reviews I was confident this one would blow me away. But, as much as I love this author and wanted to love this book, it didn't rock my world- so to speak.
Don't get me wrong, I did like the book, but it didn’t come close to packing the emotional punch of Evelyn Hugo, and I thought it had the potential to do so. However, the big reveal in this case, which was centered around the group's final performance, was anticlimactic, in my opinion.
Still, this is one many will find compulsively readable, and some will enjoy the feelings of nostalgia the story evokes. In some ways the story feels like an alternate reality for the real rock band the story is so obviously based on, which is also a thought provoking and interesting concept.
Overall, although this one didn't have the impact on me, I'd hoped, I still enjoyed it for the most part. Due to the style and format, it is a very easy read, and many will be able to finish it off in one day or even in one sitting.
A little Fleetwood Mac playing in the background will make some nice mood music to go along with the saga of Daisy Jones and the Six.
3.5 rounded up.
With a touch of the tribulations of Fleetwood Mac, Reid offers a very different novel from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It is equally as enjoyable. From the onset we know that the band breaks up. The reasons for the break-up are told by the band mates via a series of question-less interviews. This is smart choice rather a question/answer structure which would, I think, become tedious. From 1965 through 2012, the characters tell the story of the formation of the band, their struggle to achieve rock star status, the band’s eventual demise and its aftermath. Resonating with authenticity and conflicting memories (it is sex, drugs and rock-n-roll), we witness talented, addicted artists create and destroy; clash and, perhaps, tenuously reconcile. Once again, I was struck by Reid’s ability to capture the complexities of human interactions set against a backdrop of fame. This is, most assuredly, a best seller for 2019.
We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.
I so connected to this book as it took me back to my teen years of the 1970’s in which music, specifically rock n roll, played a huge part.
My now husband and I were always traveling to big concert events in our late teens. One of the most memorable was on July 30, 1978, where we stood in the sweltering heat just feet from the stage listening to the awesome band, Fleetwood Mac, and lead singer, Stevie Nicks. We even ‘slept’ outside on the stadium sidewalk the night before just so we could be the first in the doors the next morning.
While this book is fictional, I can’t help but think it is loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.
I totally enjoyed the unique format in which this was written. We get short snippets of thoughts from a wide variety of characters. It reads as if there is a documentary interview going on without hearing the questions, only the answers pertinent to the storyline in a chronological order of events.
It is a re-telling of the past in their own words. The re-telling of how “Daisy Jones and the Six” got started, the ups and downs, the pains and hurts, the rampant drug use, the clashing of personalities. And ultimately how the band came to an end during the tumultuous 70’s era.
This is a compelling, fast paced page turner written by one of my favorite authors.
*Thank you to Random House-Ballantine Books and Net Galley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.*
This is one for music fans everywhere from Taylor Jenkins Reid, a multilayered fictional documentary of a fictional legendary rock band set in the music scene of California and LA in the 1960s and 1970s. This is to be turned into a TV series on Amazon by Reece Witherspoon, and I must add that though the accounts given in the narrative are pure fiction, it nevertheless feels atmospherically real in its echoes of actual bands from this era, say perhaps the likes of Fleetwood Mac. Billy Dunne is the leading light of an up and coming band The Six, going off the rails with his wild behaviour when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant. The young, beautiful, captivating and unapologetic Daisy Jones has oodles of musical talent and a distinctive voice which gains an army of admirers. Daisy Jones and The Six join forces that results in an explosive emotional roller coaster of a ride that consolidates their near mythical musical status in musical history. The rise and fall of the band is voiced through the differing perspectives of the band and those close to and around them.
Much of the narrative is delivered through the form of interviews and it becomes clear that not everyone has the same memories of events with their different perspectives. I came to appreciate the superb complicated characterisation and the relationships, with the flawed, destructive and damaged characters, so very vulnerable, feeling spine tingling real in their authenticity. Reid provides insights and observations of love, loss, cheating, drug addiction, heartbreak, passion and fraught times intermingle with the creative musical inspiration and spellbinding performances. This is an intelligent evocation of this specific period in time and place, the music and an unforgettable rock group of its time. It is an absolute treat to read, I loved the songs and lyrics within it and I have no doubt that this book will prove to be highly successful. Looking forward to the TV series of this. Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC.