I’m just going to come right out and say it – this is one of my favorite books of 2019. Daisy Jones and the Six is a truly unique book – it’s told as a biography of a famous vintage rock band with interviews from the band and their managers, as well as more traditional storytelling. The story, the characters, the format, and the overall quality were spectacular. If you’re anything like me, you’ll devour this book in just one sitting.
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.
This is one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read. In no time, you feel like you’re back in the 1970s, wearing big hoop earrings, dancing in grungy bars listening to an up and coming rock and roll group. This book is pure sex, drugs and rock and roll, but it also dug past the allure and sparkle of fame, down to the nitty gritty realisms of it. The book mostly follows the journey of Daisy as she rises to fame first as a solo artist and later as the leading member of Daisy Jones and the Six. Don’t let the name of the band fool you, each of the band members are equally important to the story and to the band – they’re each complex and have their own subplots that made it easy to become invested in each of them.
The best part of having the story told from multiple points of view was that you get amazing depth to the story. It democratizes the story and really makes the fictional characters seem more realistic and flawed. In fact – the characters and band in this book seem so real that Taylor Jenkins Reid mentioned in an interview that people keep asking her about them. That alone speaks highly to the effectiveness of the authors writing and the format she wrote this book in.
Daisy Jones is a multifaceted, wunderkind of a character – from afar she’s perfect crooner who breaks hearts and takes names, but under a magnifying glass she’s a deeply flawed character who is barely hanging onto her carefully crafted veneer. She was nitty gritty and raw in all of the best ways. The rest of the band members were too – there wasn’t a single character I wasn’t thoroughly invested in and I can’t think of a single underdeveloped character.
If you can get your hands on it, I definitely recommend that you read this book as an audiobook – they went all out on the cast and really made it sound like an authentic memoir with interviews from the band members. The production is phenomenal and this is really one of those books that shines as an audiobook. If you’re jonesing for more of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work after this, you should definitely check out The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Do yourself a favor and run and go get this book today. 5/5