Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six

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"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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524798628
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Daisy Jones and the Six

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Cooper8888
Sep 22, 2020

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Angela_159
Sep 21, 2020

This was a pretty enjoyable read. It read like a VH1 Behind the Music and it was interesting to get the band members’ perspective. It was especially interesting to see how time alters memory and just how differently each person read a situation.

A quick and breezy read. Good if you don’t feel like getting too wrapped in a complex story.

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esrobbins
Sep 16, 2020

I really looked forward to reading this every night. Written like a transcript, it reads quickly. The characters are vividly drawn even though the only descriptions you get is from other characters. Interestingly told and well written. I would recommend this!

cmlibrary_melliott Sep 05, 2020

This behind-the-scenes look at the 70's rock scene pulls you in right away. Written interview-style, the people you meet will touch your heart and make you roots for them as you read. I devoured the book in a day!

ArapahoeTiegan Sep 02, 2020

Brilliant. That is how I would sum up this book in one word. The style of story-telling lent a lot towards this story, I don't think there would have been any other way to tell the story as perfectly. Each character had their own voice and really helped develop their personalities. Once I finished I was extremely happy to see that a limited tv series is in the works, because wow I would love to see this on the screen. I also desperately want to hear the music. What an amazing read for rock music lovers, but especially for those of the '70s and '80s, I'd say.

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hedwighattie
Jul 15, 2020

This story is uniquely formatted, like the transcript of a documentary, which works well for the topic (the rest and fall of a fictional '70s rock band). However, the story, for being about a rock band in the '70s, is strangely PG. Drug use, underage groupies, extramarital affairs and other less savory sides of the scene are mentioned in passing, but have little impact on the plot or any of the characters. Characters talk about struggling with drug use or drinking, but it's never a serious problem (no mentioned characters OD or drink themselves to death as was common with real life rock stars). The setting, though well researched, is very rose-tinted, which means the end of each character's arc is disappointingly saccharine.

This book is an enjoyable read, and well written, but there were no surprises. Daisy Jones and the Six is a good book, but ultimately nothing new.

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sjarrell0
Jul 09, 2020

Hands down one of the best books of 2019.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

Taylor Jenkins Reid has created an atmosphere and mindset of the seventies and the rock bands that were catapulted to success beyond their wildest dreams.

From their humble beginning to 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.
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’ 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.
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.

Reminds me a lot of the movie Almost Famous with Kate Hudson. 💙 it was a good book. Lots of emotions. I like the interview style. Very different.

This may be just one big, long, rambling mess, because I am so full of emotions that I don't know exactly how to sort through them all. What I do know is that this book is absolutely incredible, and I will be thinking about it forever.

Daisy Jones is gorgeous, a rising star, trying to find a way to show the world what a songwriter she really is. Billy Dunne and the Six are a success, a band on the rise. Putting the two of them together? Either a stroke of genius, or a touch of madness. It turns out to be both.

It's hard to even craft a synopsis of this book because the format is so unconventional and engrossing. It's told in the style of a biography, with characters' quotes providing the only text; this makes the whole book seem intimate, real in a way that not a whole lot of books accomplish. It's as though you're sitting with those characters, getting inside their heads, and crafting a picture of the events in question from the snippets that each of them provide. Their accounts vary, and their perspectives are all so wildly different that as a reader, you never quite know what the truth is.

And holy sweet god, was it deliciously addictive.

This is a novel about rock n' roll in the 1970's. Accordingly, there is a ton of sex, a ton of drugs, and a lot of people messing around in any way they possibly can. But the atmosphere of the 70's oozed through the pages because of it. I could practically smell the smoke in the arenas the Six played in. I could feel the sweat coating Daisy's body as she pumped it full of drugs. I really felt like I lived with these characters for the entirety of the novel.

And the characters are what made me sob at the end of it all. The characters man. How are these not actual humans that were interviewed? How did this all come from Taylor Jenkins Reid's head? They felt so real. So much like real, whole, complex, messed up human beings that I struggled with it at first because it took me right off guard. But then, getting to know Billy and Daisy and Graham and Karen and Camila and Julia and all of them made me feel like I was making friends with them. They are all so wonderfully fleshed-out. So perfectly imperfect. Their story completely cracked my heart in two.

Do yourself a favour and read this book. I know it's hyped, I know it's not what a lot of us YA fans typically go for. But the hype is well-deserved, and man, am I glad I picked it up.

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SPL_Shauna Apr 03, 2019

Picture this: It’s the mid ‘70s in Los Angeles, and the full force of flower power is starting to go a bit weedy. Rock has gone from festivals to stadiums, drugs have shifted from psychedelics to heroin and uppers, and the sexual revolution has veered past free love and into key parties. No one is quite sure yet what to make of any of it.

Into this scene stumbles a beautiful young singer, raised in an apathetic family with an artist father and a former model for a mother. No one much cares what Daisy Jones gets into, so she tries it all. Just as she begins to find her stride, a mid-western blues band hits the scene, and their label decides to pair them for marketability. It’s the birth of legendary rock band Daisy Jones and the Six.

In an amazing turn of events for your summer beach reading, this band has more drama than Fleetwood Mac (indeed, some have speculated they’re the author’s inspiration). Daisy and Six frontman Billy Dunne have instant chemistry, but Billy has a slew of addictions he’s trying to kick and a family; Daisy represents everything that could ruin his life. Keyboardist Karen is a rock goddess along the lines of the Pixies’ Kim Deal, but her secret relationship with founding guitarist Graham Dunne threatens the stability of The Six. Add in a surprise marriage to fallen Italian royalty between tours, and a production team that doubles as a therapy group for the band, and you’ve got everything you need for a dishy read so intense it’ll give you flashbacks.

Written in a fast-paced interview style, Reid’s prose and dialogue are sharp, real, immersive, and often quite funny. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a distraction, Daisy Jones and the Six offers the same gritty, ‘70s feel as the film Almost Famous. But, unlike the film, you can take this book anywhere, and you won’t want to leave it behind until you’re done. Don’t miss it.

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