Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Format: Paperback 368 pages
Release Date: 7 March 2019
My huge thanks to Laura Brooke at Hutchinson for sending me an advance review copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.
Nobody ever knew why. Until now.
They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.
The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.
Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.
I’m fortunate to read a lot of books in a year and in that year, although I will read a lot of really good books, there will only be about one or two if I’m really lucky that will completely blow me away. This is one of those books that completely blew me away.
The book is told in the form of multiple interviews that are all pieced together by the interviewer after she had met with the various band members and other people associated with Daisy Jones and the Six. The band rose to fame quite quickly in the 1970’s during the period of sex, drugs and rock n roll and each character adds their thoughts and re-tells the story of the band how they remember it throughout their rise and fall from fame.
I really enjoyed how the author pieced this book together in this way. I’ve never read a fiction book told like this before and it was so authentic I had to keep reminding myself that the people I’m reading about are fictional as the story and the characters are so believable!
Although there is no one main character as such, as there are multiple stories within the characters of the band, and you get to know them all quite intimately while reading, arguably one of the stand out characters for me was Daisy.
Daisy is so broken and fragile I just wanted to mother her and give her a hug but at the same time she is so fierce and determined. Her love for her music is what keeps her going even though she is the kind of personality that easily succumbs to drug use and has a tendency to over-do just about everything she does. She is an addictive person in every sense of the phrase.
I absolutely loved everything about this book. This was one of those rare times when as I was reading I thought to myself that I am reading the perfect book at the perfect time. I loved reading about how the band rose to fame and came to play together, how they worked on their hit album, and the complex inter-relationships between the members and those closest to the band members. For me everything worked in this book. I wish I could read it again for the first time and bottle up that feeling you get when you know you’re reading a book that is going to knock your socks off.
I recommend everyone read this book and fall for Daisy Jones & the Six just like I did.
About the Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.
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