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.
Daisy Jones and the Six was a really good book, one of my favorites this year in fact. I didn’t quite know what to expect from it other than being about a rock band coming together and splitting up. But it is so much more than that, you really connect with the characters. I can say this, I hated the format and it was the only reason this didn’t get five stars, but the audiobook makes it so much easier to follow along and the cast does an amazing job.
Your MCs are Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne. Daisy is a laid back do things her way kind of girl who just wants to be a songwriter, she doesn’t want to be someone else’s puppet not singing her own stuff. She doesn’t care about anything but writing songs and doing coke. When she gets paired with The Six in a duet, she thinks this is it. This is where she can write her own music, sing it and finally be what shes always wanted a songwriter.
Billy has put together a band with his brother Graham, Warren, Pete, Karen and Eddie. They start out as a little band, but soon they start to get big. There Manager Teddy is telling them to pair with Daisy for a Duet and that leads to her eventually joining to become Daisy Jones & The Six.
From there you learn all about what they went through as a band and get to see what it was like for them to tour the world and live their dreams. While also seeing the small threads of what tore them apart over time.
I loved the other characters, but honestly, Daisy was my favorite, she was so complex and just overall didn’t give a shit if you liked her or not. What you saw is what you got, if you didn’t like her oh well. This made me absolutely adore her, especially in the 70s since women lived in a highly misogynist world and were mainly used as something pretty to look at. She was also a person that had everything she ever wanted, but no one to share it with. She just wanted someone to love her and share the world with.
Taylor brought the story to life with her writing and overall storytelling. I loved every minute reading this novel and want to read all of her other works now too. Even not liking the format I was still left wanting more. I was so invested in the band and what would happen with Daisy and Billy and how everything would play out.
Also, there are very heavy conversations in this book about sex, drugs, and cheating. I completely understand if these topics make you uncomfortable. I would definitely skip this one since these topics are discussed for the majority of the book.
Overall this was a great read and Taylor has me even more excited to finally read seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The writing and overall character development is was made this great for me. Even though I don’t like the format I felt that it helped dig into each character’s mind and you got to see how they felt and what they thought in every situation. That made it stick out to me and be great even though slightly annoying at times. I gave this a 4.5 out of 5.
Have you read Daisy Jones and the Six? Am I really the last one to pick it up lol?