Daisy Jones & the Six – Published 2019
“Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.” – Goodreads
OMG, this book is so good. It is easily one of my favorites, and I can’t believe that I put off reading it for so long. It gives me all of the “Almost Famous” vibes, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love rock bands, their stories, the time period, the clothes, all of it.
This story is told through an interview, but the interviewer doesn’t lead the discussion; it’s kept moving by the band members, agents, and managers who tell their story piece by piece. It is so interesting, heartbreaking, funny, romantic, frustrating, and dark. It’s no secret TJR is excellent at her craft, but I’m so impressed with how easily the story flowed and became addicting. If you’ve read her books, go ahead and admit that you googled “Is Evelyn Hugo real?” and/or “Daisy Jones & the Six” to see if they actually existed. I’ll wait…
The women in this book are BA. Straight up feminist novel. They take charge, say exactly what they want, and speak up for themselves. It also paints a picture of addiction that is haunting.
I’ve seen some reviewers say they didn’t like the ending, but holy cow it broke me. I am obsessed, and still in a serious book hangover days later!