I’m always hesitant to read books that have a ton of hype behind them, especially when it’s from an author that I am unfamiliar with. I worry that I will have such high expectations and that there is no way I can be anything but disappointed. I just kept hearing from people everywhere (including my non-book friends) that I would love Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, so I read it. And then I flew through it.
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.
I knew nothing going into this book other than it was about a fictional rock band and that I would love it. The format was interesting to me—it takes place in a series of interviews, almost like a script of a documentary—and it took me a while to get used to, but I completely understand why Jenkins Reid took us there. By the end, I could almost picture these people and see the action unfold like a movie…it was something I rarely (if ever) experience while I’m reading.
I’m really not going to say much about it, because I don’t want to ruin the magic of it, but it is probably my favourite read of the year so far. The band seems so real (I still can’t get over the fact that they don’t exist; the author even wrote real song lyrics for an entire album!), and the drama feels realistic for a rock band in the ’70s at the height of their fame. None of the characters are perfect, but they each have their redeeming qualities.
If you’re at all interested in the music scene of the ’60s and ’70s (though not a historically accurate one because, fiction) or at all fascinated by the behind-the-scenes of music production (and all the drama behind it), you will LOVE this book. Please read it.
“We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six
Thank you to Chad Kirchoff on Unsplash for the featured photo of the rock concert.