A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.
Another band getting noticed is The Six, 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 the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
Back in January 2019 I attended Penguin Random House’s spring showcase, and at the end we were given a very generous goody bag. Part of this goody bag was a proof copy of Daisy Jones and the Six, I read the synopsis and didn’t think it would be my sort of thing. At the time I was a bookseller and I always brought a book into work of my own to read on the Tube and during my breaks, and I decided to give it a try. The rest is history I guess. I LOVE this book.
Daisy Jones and the Six, is a fictional documentary of a fictional legendary rock band (supposedly Fleetwood Mac are the inspiration) set in the music scene of 1960s/70s California and LA. The rise and fall of the band is voiced from all the band members and their differing perspectives of what happened, as well as others who were close to them. Much of the narrative is delivered through the form of interviews and it becomes clear how memories of events differ from the bandmates.
Daisy Jones and the band she joins, The Six, which started with the Dunne brothers, Billy and Graham, who joined up with Karen, Warren, Pete and Eddie. This is a story about a girl, Daisy, a coming of age girl who wanted to have a connection with the world and anyone who would listen. With bad connections and no moral support from family, she realises her only chances of success are to move out and start up on her own. The collaboration of a duet with the band arranged by a producer, creates the pathway of their journey and the road of becoming the biggest rock group their generation. With fame comes with other struggles; addiction, jealousy drug abuse, love, anger, and more importantly their friendships with one another. The story allows the characters to open up and share their secrets, and making sense of what was then and how they got to where they are now.
At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with this style of writing, but it turned out to be a superb way of fleshing out the characters and their complexities and relationships with one another. I felt like I was a fly on the wall or an additional character who was present during all these recollections, and by the end of the book I knew each of these characters inside out. They felt real. Reid superbly observes love, loss, drug addiction, infidelity, passion, and heartbreak. I loved the additional touch of writing real songs for the band too that resonated with the drama throughout their career.
Its rare for me to truly cry from reading a fictional story, but I was in bits when I came to the end of Daisy Jones. From the way this story is cleverly told like a real documentary, your feelings towards the characters are sincere and you perceive them as real people, like they’re your favourite rock band and you’re watching them tell their story on TV or reading an article from a music magazine. I can’t fault this book other than I wish I could read it again for the first time again. For me this is an instant recommend to anyone who wants a book that sucks them in from the start and leaves them wanting more. Colleagues of mine, men and women, who like me, didn’t think this book would be for them and not something they would normally pick up- they loved it! Taylor Jenkins Reid is a clever writer, and I know that when she brings out a new story I’ll be clicking pre-order in a blink of an eye. More please!