“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)
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 ’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.
Praise for Daisy Jones & The Six
“Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover. . . . Her characters feel so vividly real, you’ll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts, and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself.”—HelloGiggles
“Reid’s wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year.”—Nylon
“Reid delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and ’70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. The daughter of Frank Jones, the well-known British painter, and Jeanne LeFevre, a French model, Daisy started to make a name for herself in the late sixties as a young teenager on the Sunset Strip.
Elaine Chang (biographer, author of Daisy Jones: Wild Flower): Here is what is so captivating about Daisy Jones even before she was “Daisy Jones.”
You’ve got a rich white girl, growing up in L.A. She’s gorgeous—even as a child. She has these stunning big blue eyes—dark, cobalt blue. One of my favorite anecdotes about her is that in the eighties a colored-contact company actually created a shade called Daisy Blue. She’s got copper-red hair that is thick and wavy and . . . takes up so much space. And then her cheekbones almost seem swollen, that’s how defined they are. And she’s got an incredible voice that she doesn’t cultivate, never takes a lesson. She’s born with all the money in the world, access to whatever she wants—artists, drugs, clubs—anything and everything at her disposal.
But she has no one. No siblings, no extended family in Los Angeles. Two parents who are so into their own world that they are all but indifferent to her existence. Although, they never shy away from making her pose for their artist friends. That’s why there are so many paintings and photos of Daisy as a child—the artists that came into that home saw Daisy Jones, saw how gorgeous she was, and wanted to capture her. It’s telling that there is no Frank Jones piece of Daisy. Her father is too busy with his male nudes to pay much attention to his daughter. And in general, Daisy spends her childhood rather alone.
But she’s actually a very gregarious, outgoing kid—Daisy would often ask to get her hair cut just because she loved her hairdresser, she would ask neighbors if she could walk their dogs, there was even a family joke about the time Daisy tried to bake a birthday cake for the mailman. So this is a girl that desperately wants to connect. But there’s no one in her life who is truly interested in who she is, especially not her parents. And it really breaks her. But it is also how she grows up to become an icon.
We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.
So it makes sense that Daisy starts to find herself on the Sunset Strip. This glamorous, seedy place.
Daisy Jones (singer, Daisy Jones & The Six): I could walk down to the Strip from my house. I was about fourteen, sick of being stuck in the house, just looking for something to do. I wasn’t old enough to get into any of the bars and clubs but I went anyway.
I remember bumming a cigarette off of a roadie for the Byrds when I was pretty young. I learned quickly that people thought you were older if you didn’t wear your bra. And sometimes I’d wear a bandanna headband like the cool girls had on. I wanted to fit in with the groupies on the sidewalk, with their joints and their flasks and all of that.
So I bummed a cigarette from this roadie outside the Whisky a Go Go one night—the first time I’d ever had one and I tried to pretend I did it all the time. I held the cough in my throat and what have you—and I was flirting with him the best I could. I’m embarrassed to think about it now, how clumsy I probably was.
But eventually, some guy comes up to the roadie and says, “We gotta get inside and set up the amps.” And he turns to me and says, “You coming?” And that’s how I snuck into the Whisky for the first time.
I stayed out that night until three or four in the morning. I’d never done anything like that before. But suddenly it was like I existed. I was a part of something. I went from zero to sixty that night. I was drinking and smoking anything anybody would give me.
When I got home, I walked in through the front door, drunk and stoned, and crashed in my bed. I’m pretty sure my parents never even noticed I was gone.
I got up, went out the next night, did the same thing.
Eventually, the bouncers on the Strip recognized me and let me in wherever I was going. The Whisky, London Fog, the Riot House. No one cared how young I was.
Greg McGuinness (former concierge, the Continental Hyatt House): Ah, man, I don’t know how long Daisy was hanging around the Hyatt House before I noticed her. But I remember the first time I saw her. I was on the phone and in walks this crazy tall, crazy skinny girl with these bangs. And the biggest, roundest blue eyes you ever saw in your life, man. She also had this smile. Huge smile. She came in on the arm of some guy. I don’t remember who.
A lot of the girls around the Strip back then, I mean, they were young, but they tried to seem older. Daisy just was, though. Didn’t seem like she was trying to be anything. Except herself.
After that, I noticed she was at the hotel a lot. She was always laughing. There was nothing jaded about her, ’least when I knew her. It was like watching Bambi learn how to walk. She was real naïve and real vulnerable but you could tell there was something about her.
I was nervous for her, tell you the truth. There were so many men in the scene that were . . . into young girls. Thirty-something rock stars sleeping with teenagers. Not saying it was okay, just saying that’s how it was. How old was Lori Mattix when she was with Jimmy Page? Fourteen? And Iggy Pop and Sable Starr? He sang about it, man. He was bragging about it.
When it came to Daisy—I mean, the singers, the guitarists, the roadies—everybody was looking at her. Whenever I saw her, though, I’d try to make sure she was doing all right. I kept tabs on her here and there. I really liked her. She was just cooler than anything else happening around her.
Daisy: I learned about sex and love the hard way. That men will take what they want and feel no debt, that some people only want one piece of you.
I do think there were girls—the Plaster Casters, some of the GTOs—maybe they weren’t being taken advantage of, I don’t know. But it was a bad scene for me, at first.
I lost my virginity to somebody that . . . it doesn’t matter who it was. He was older, he was a drummer. We were in the lobby of the Riot House and he invited me upstairs to do some lines. He said I was the girl of his dreams.
I was drawn to him mainly because he was drawn to me. I wanted someone to single me out as something special. I was just so desperate to hold someone’s interest.
Before I knew it, we were on his bed. And he asked me if I knew what I was doing and I said yes even though the answer was no. But everyone always talked about free love and how sex was a good thing. If you were cool, if you were hip, you liked sex.
I stared at the ceiling the whole time, waiting for him to be done. I knew I was supposed to be moving around but I stayed perfectly still, scared to move. All you could hear in the room was the sound of our clothes rubbing up against the bedspread.
I had no idea what I was doing or why I was doing things I knew I didn’t want to be doing. But I’ve had a lot of therapy in my life now. And I mean a lot of therapy. And I see it now. I see myself clearly now. I wanted to be around these men—these stars—because I didn’t know how else to be important. And I figured I had to please them if I wanted to stay.
When he was done, he got up. And I pulled my dress down. And he said, “If you want to go back down to your friends, that’s all right.” I didn’t really have any friends. But I knew he meant I needed to leave. So I did.
He never talked to me again.
Simone Jackson (disco star): I remember seeing Daisy on the dance floor one night at the Whisky. Everybody saw her. Your eye went right to her. If the rest of the world was silver, Daisy was gold.
Daisy: Simone became my best friend.
Simone: I brought Daisy out with me everywhere. I never had a sister.
I remember . . . It was the Sunset Strip riot, when all of us went down to Pandora’s and protested the curfew and the cops. Daisy and I went out, protested, met up with some actors and went over to Barney’s Beanery to keep partying. After that, we went back to somebody’s place. Daisy passed out on this guy’s patio. We didn’t go home until the next afternoon. She was maybe fifteen. I was probably nineteen. I just kept thinking, Doesn’t anybody care about this girl but me?
And, by the way, we were all on speed back then, even Daisy as young as she was. But if you wanted to stay skinny and be up all night, you were taking something. Mostly bennies or black beauties.
Daisy: Diet pills were an easy choice. It didn’t even feel like a choice. It didn’t even feel like we were getting high, at first. Coke, too. If it was around, you took a bump. People didn’t even consider it an addiction. It wasn’t like that.
Simone: My producer bought me a place in Laurel Canyon. He wanted to sleep with me. I told him no and he bought it for me anyway. I had Daisy move in.
We ended up sharing a bed for six months. So I can tell you firsthand that that girl never slept. I’d be trying to fall asleep at four in the morning and Daisy would want the light on so she could read.
Daisy: I had pretty bad insomnia for a long time, even when I was a kid. I’d be up at eleven o’clock, saying I wasn’t tired, and my parents would always yell at me to “just go to sleep.” So in the middle of the night I was always looking for quiet things to do. My mom had these romance novels hanging around so I would read those. It would be two in the morning and my parents would be having a party downstairs and I’d be sitting on my bed with my lamp on, reading Doctor Zhivago or Peyton Place.
And then it just became habit. I would read anything that was around. I wasn’t picky. Thrillers, detective novels, sci-fi.
Around the time I moved in with Simone, I found a box of history biographies on the side of the road one day, up in Beachwood Canyon. I tore through those in no time.
Simone: I’ll tell you, she’s the entire reason I started wearing a sleeping mask. [Laughs] But then I kept doing it because I looked chic.
Daisy: I was living with Simone for two weeks before I went home to get more clothes.
My dad said, “Did you break the coffeemaker this morning?”
I said, “Dad, I don’t even live here.”
Simone: I told her the one condition of living with me was that she had to go to school.
Daisy: High school was not easy for me. I knew that to get an A, you had to do what you were told. But I also knew that a lot of what we were being told was bullshit. I remember one time I was assigned an essay on how Columbus discovered America and so I wrote a paper about how Columbus did not discover America. Because he didn’t. But then I got an F.
I said to my teacher, “But I’m right.”
And she said, “But you didn’t follow the assignment.”
Simone: She was so bright and her teachers didn’t seem to really recognize that.
Daisy: People always say I didn’t graduate high school but I did. When I walked across the stage to get my diploma, Simone was cheering for me. She was so proud of me. And I started to feel proud of myself, too. That night, I took the diploma out of its case and I folded it up and I used it, like a bookmark, in my copy of Valley of the Dolls.
Simone: When my first album flopped, my record label dropped me. My producer kicked us out of that place. I got a job waiting tables and moved in with my cousin in Leimert Park. Daisy had to move back in with her parents.
Daisy: I just packed up my stuff from Simone’s and drove it right back to my parents’ place. When I walked in the front door, my mom was on the phone, smoking a cigarette.
I said, “Hey, I’m back.”
She said, “We got a new couch,” and then just kept on talking on the phone.
Simone: Daisy got all of her beauty from her mother. Jeanne was gorgeous. I remember I met her a few times back then. Big eyes, very full lips. There was a sensuality to her. People used to always tell Daisy she looked just like her mother. They did look similar but I knew better than to tell Daisy that.
I think one time I said to Daisy, “Your mom is beautiful.”
Daisy said to me, “Yeah, beautiful and nothing else.”
Reading Group Guide
1. This book is written in an oral history format. Why do you think the author chose to structure the book this way? How does this approach affect your reading experience?
2. At one point Daisy says, “I was just supposed to be the inspiration for some man’s great idea. . . . I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.” How does her experience of being used by others contribute to the decisions she makes when she joins The Six?
3. Why do you think Billy has such a strong need to control the group, both early on when they are simply the Dunne Brothers and later when they become Daisy Jones & The Six?
4. There are two sets of brothers in The Six: Eddie and Pete Loving, and Billy and Graham Dunne. How do these sibling relationships affect the band?
5. Daisy, Camila, Simone, and Karen are each very different embodiments of female strength and creativity. Who are you most drawn to and why?
6. Billy and Daisy become polarizing figures for the band. Who in the book gravitates more toward Billy’s leadership, and who is more inclined to follow Daisy’s way of doing things? How do these alliances change over time, and how does this dynamic upset the group’s balance?
7. Why do you think Billy and Daisy clash so strongly? What misunderstandings between them are revealed through the “author’s” investigation?
8. What do you think of Camila’s decision to stand by Billy, despite the ways that he has hurt her through his trouble with addiction and wavering faithfulness? How would you describe their relationship? How does it differ from Billy and Daisy’s relationship?
9. Camila says about Daisy and Billy, “The two of you think you’re lost souls, but you’re what everybody is looking for.” What does she mean by this?
10. As you read the lyrics to Aurora, are there any songs or passages that lead you to believe Daisy or Billy was intimating things within their work that they wouldn’t admit to each other or themselves?
11. What do you think of Karen’s decision about her pregnancy and Graham’s reaction to the news? What part do gender roles play in their situation?
12. Were you surprised to discover who the “author” was? How did you react to learning the “author’s” reason for writing this book?
13. What role does the reliability of memory play in the novel? Were there instances in which you believed one person’s account of an event more than another? What does the “author” mean when she states at the beginning, “The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle”?
14. What did you think of the songs written by Daisy Jones & The Six? How did you imagine they would sound?
15. If you are old enough to have your own memories of the 1970s, do you feel the author captured that time period well? If you didn’t experience the seventies yourself, what did this fictional depiction of the time evoke for you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! It was so good and so different I couldn't read fast enough. It tells the story of a fictional rock band set in the 1970's and is told in an interview style. There is so much to say about these characters and their story that you just need to read it.
This was a great read! I enjoyed it as if I was reading about an actual band’s history. My only complaint is that the entire novel feels as though it is spoken by one voice not multiple ones. There is no real change from one character’s voice to the next. While that could be interpreted as happening because one author is writing what she heard, I think it would have given a bit more life to the characters had it been written with more variation in voice. With that said, this is a fast read, and I really enjoyed the ride through rock-n-roll past with Daisy Jones and The Six!
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down... I literally read it in one day! This amazingly creative approach to a novel has everything; rock'n'roll, relationships, great character development and some surprise twists. Highly recommended. This book should appeal across the board to a diverse cross section of readers.
In my opinion, this is a solid 4 star read throughout. The part that happened on July 12, 1979 though...That was 5 stars. I think the biggest issue I had was that I didn't really feel the chemistry between Daisy and Billy. Still a great read and you should all give it a try.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid has teeth! It is a rocking work of literary fiction that will grab you from the very first word! From the lyrical prose to the cinematic plot to the compelling characters, Daisy & The Six has the making of a modern day, cult classic. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a dynamic writer. This book is one of her best, and that’s saying a lot because she is brilliant! Artist Daisy Jones comes of age in the 60s and 70s. Instead of spending her early teenage years in class or at school dances, Daisy finds herself immersed in the world of sex and drugs all while falling in love with rock ‘n roll. At the same time a popular band, The Six are on the rise as well and are spending some of their time in the same unsteady world as Daisy. When collaboration between Daisy and the members of The Six is suggested, legends are born. Written from multiple viewpoints yet told like an interview, the sequencing is both dynamic and seamless. I read this in 24 hours; I just couldn’t put it down. It’s my favorite book of the year so far! I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
"I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it" (Keith Richards / Mick Jagger). Daisy Jones and the Six is a fabulous rock and roll novel. My husband was in a locally successful Miami Punk rock band during the 70s through the greater part of the 80s. Taylor Jenkins Reid was spot on how the inner relationships between band members are intensely emotional and can be highly conflictual. Her descriptions of how different members of the bands recollect the past are so true. She portrayed how band members personal love relationships can sometimes wreak havoc within a band. Without giving the ending away, I admired that Taylor Jenkins Reid stood away from the usual tragic (mainly drug related)outcomes that fictional rock and roll novels and movies often have. I also loved that the women were depicted as strong characters, yet so different from one another. I can't wait to see how Reese Witherspoon (as producer) and Amazon Studios transition the story to film.
Daisy Jones & The Six is the best non-thriller that I have read this year! Set in the turbulent late 1970s Sunset Boulevard band scene, The Six is a five member middle-of-road rock band who are effectively forced by their label to add a sexy new lead singer, Daisy Jones. Daisy is a free spirit who dresses and acts without worrying about what others think. She is also stunningly beautiful and a drug addict. The Six’ singer, Billy, has recently returned from rehab and is determined to not relapse for his wife and newborn daughter’s sake. Daisy Jones & The Six is compulsively readable. I was late to work two out of the three days that I read it. I just had to read the next interview. While not a traditional thriller, the book has a mystery: why did the band break up. However, it was the convincing character interactions that heightened my enjoyment of the book. All the characters seemed so real with genuine and frequently conflicting emotions driving their actions. I can’t recommend this Reese’s Book Club pick highly enough. 5 stars! Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
What a rock and roll read this was! Clever too as the style of writing is in the form of transcripts and interviews and the odd song lyric to reveal a journey in more ways than one. This is the journey of a band formed and fed in Los Angeles and the various band members who go on the road and tell their story. The reader is definitely taken along for the ride. IT’s a tale of drugs, sex and rock and roll of course but it’s the dynamics between the characters, the ego,s the ambition and more which really …if you excuse the pun,..sings. Daisy Jones is your typical teenager at first, sneaking into clubs and sleeping with rock stars. She does all this to get to her one goal – to be a singer. When she meets Billy Dunne, history is made. As I started to get further in to this tale, I had to keep checking the band was indeed fictional as the mix of history and legend is very compelling and utterly convincing. Life on the road in a band sounds idyllic one minute and totally terrifying the next, but that’s what compelling about the whole story. You know it’s the journey that’s going to be the key as we already know the ending, but it;s the version of the story that we get that is going to going to be hard to decipher. It’s psychedelic, compelling, fascinating and draws you in with a brilliant writing style and commentary feel to it all. You feel like one of the band so from the word go, you are on that journey with them. And the characters are all so different and well developed. Unique, memorable and a hit in the making.
Daisy Jones and the Six is the story of a 6 member band that is joined by a female singer/songwriter quite by accident. The book starts out slow but becomes more interesting and engrossing as the story unfolds. The story contains sex, drugs and rock and roll and other typical band antics. There is also an awakening of sorts as the band mates mature and face real-life events. I enjoyed Daisy Jones and The Six. Growing up in the sixties and seventies made it all the more believable for me.
I devoured this book in one sitting, falling completely in love with this story, the characters and their journey. So in love in fact, that I am completely devastated this is not a real band, because I want to be able to listen to all the music and read more stories about them! Taylor Jenkins Reid is a powerhouse author who manages to create characters that are so real, flawed, broken, lovable and human that you cannot help but love them, root for them and wish that you never had to say good bye to a single one of them. This story explodes from the page with passion, and that would just not be possible without the cast she brings together on the page. I also completely loved the format of this book - told as an oral history of the band, in an interview format, the story speeds along so quickly, you cannot believe it when you find yourself nearing the end of the book. I wanted to read faster and slower every single page of this book - and I ADORED where Taylor took this story and ended the tale. If I can't have more, I am at least entirely satisfied where these humans landed in the end. This will be a Top 10 book of my year, without any question. I am in love with this book in the most passionate way. I could not recommend it enough, and I defy any reader to not fall in love the same way.
Daisy Jones & The Six does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the California music scene in the mid-70s. The pace of the storytelling by the band members reflects the energy of the time. The music, drugs, sex, and alcohol seemed to flow one into the other and that’s exactly how this story is told. I loved the moments of contradiction between characters, proving that the truth lies somewhere in between (or in some cases nowhere at all). I loved how the buildup of relationships could be felt just from simple little observations. I loved Warren and how he gave me a break from all the craziness, pulling me back from the edge with just a sentence or two. I was floored at how TJR could bring each character to life without a single paragraph describing body language. The entire story is told to the reader and It. Worked. Then, there’s Daisy and Billy. Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne are the center of this story, the rest of the characters circling them for what feels like a lifetime but in essence is only about 10 years. In a way, they’re both caricatures of the flower child and rocker of the 70s, but TJR brings them to life. Both can easily be seen as unlikable, but they’re not. Instead they’re flawed and relatable. Truthfully, I was a little leary starting this book, put off by the way the story is told. Initially it was very difficult to get a handle on the characters as we jumped from one to another. I even found myself flipping back to see who was talking. But, as I moved forward, the voices of the characters became so familiar that I had no issues knowing who was talking. More so, I realized that TJR had taken a big risk that really paid off. This wasn’t a story that could be told by one or two people and she told it just about perfectly. 4 stars for Daisy Jones & The Six. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
Last year I read Taylor Jenkins Reid's wonderful novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and loved it. Her take on an Elizabeth Taylor-like character was so engrossing, I couldn't put it down. So when I heard that her new novel Daisy Jones & the Six was publishing, I put it on the top of my To Be Read list. Daisy Jones & the Six is a take on a Fleetwood Mac-like band. It is written as a series of interviews with the band members, producers, friends and others, so you get everybody's point of view to the meteoric rise and fall of a rock band. Daisy Jones wanted to be known as a singer-songwriter, and with her gorgeous look and voice, she quickly garnered attention of men. She also used and abused drugs and alcohol and looked for love in the wrong places. Billy Dunne started a band called The Six with his brother Graham in their Pittsburgh hometown and build a solid following, eventually signing with a record company. He fell in love with Camilla, and even through the physical separations of him on tour and with his alcoholism, they managed to marry and start a family. When the record company had Daisy sing a song with The Six, it was lightning in a bottle. Daisy joined the band and wanted to contribute her own songs to the band, something that the controlling Billy wanted no part of. But when their album becomes a monster hit and they have a sold-out arena tour, there is no going back, through the love affairs, breakups and band fights. Writing the book as a series of interviews works very well here, and at the end of the book you discover why it was written that way. You see the ups and downs of being in the music business from a first-hand perspective. Jenkins Reid also includes the lyrics (that she wrote) to all of the songs from their breakout album and reading them feels like songs from the 1970s California rock scene. I wondered if someone will eventually put them to music. We may find the answer to that- Reese Witherspoon has optioned the book to turn into a 13-part TV series on Amazon. This book is tailor-made for a TV series and I for one can't wait. If you had a worn put copy of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours, Dais Jones & the Six is for you.
When I started reading Daisy Jones and the Six, I knew immediately that this book was something special. I stayed up until 2am reading and then devoured the rest as soon as I woke up. The plot is fascinating and engaging, every piece perfectly in place. When I was reading this book, I honestly forgot that I reading about fictional characters, they were so beautifully written. I loved how nuanced, vibrant, and distinct each character was. Although there was a large cast of characters, I never once got them confused or forgot who anyone was. It was also amazing to see how the characters developed and changed over time, it felt so realistic. Daisy Jones and the Six was a fantastic book that completely stole my heart. It was my favorite book of 2018, I cannot recommend this one enough. Fun fact- This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid novel and I immediately went out and bought all of her other books because I loved her writing so much. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I started to hear buzz about Daisy Jones and The Six, so I knew I just had to request it through NetGalley. When I received the approval notification, I couldn’t wait to get started on it- though, I made myself wait until after the new year to begin it. By the end of the first chapter, I knew I was going to LOVE this book. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. I love Jenkins Reid’s writing style in the interview format, I loved her characters and their development as the story went on, I loved the music element that had me wishing the band was real so I could listen to their songs… I could go on and on… The tension between the band and the romantic partners was palpable. The humor was so FREAKING well timed (I highlighted so many good one-liners from Warren and Pete…). I adored the sweet romances, the successes in Billy’s rehab, and the inspiration behind all the songs. I wanted to be best friends with Karen and Camila. I wanted to check Billy’s ego. I wanted to live in Topanga Canyon in a decrepit old house and party with the band. I WANT IT ALL TO BE REAL. Upon the conclusion of reading this book, I learned that there will be a show series made of the novel, and you bet your bottom I will be watching when it finally comes out. I will also be buying myself a copy to put with my music-book collection, right next to my fave Rolling Stones Interview compilation book. I’m going full on fan, and hope that you will all take my recommendation and get yourselves a copy too. IT’S PERFECTION.
I received a free eARC of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. This is my second book from Taylor Jenkins Reid, my first being "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo", and this one blew me away almost as much as the first. Reid has such an amazing talent for writing such a believable story that you think her characters are real, like you can run out and buy (or, more likely, pull up and download) Daisy Jones & The Six's album or watch one of Evelyn Hugo's hit movies. "Daisy Jones & The Six," in particular, is such a unique and clever idea. It is written like a tell-all memoir about the band's journey, but it frequently switches perspective between members of the band, members of the record label/recording team, journalists, spouses, etc. It provides such a nuanced understanding of what the band was like because not everything always matches up from perspective to perspective, and it's sort of up to the reader to decide who is telling the truth or if the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Almost all of the characters are flawed and beautifully well-rounded, but Daisy is specifically such a wonderfully written and complex character. She's an empowered, damaged woman, but not in the way that we've all read some of those awful, generic, male writers write these challenging women. She's difficult and strong and resilient and vulnerable and wow Reid just excels at writing characters that would be difficult to be around but are so easy to love. I'm already recommending this to people, and I will continue to recommend this to people. It pulls you in, and it's such a quick read because you just cannot wait to pick it back up again (if you can get yourself to ever put it down). My one neutral comment is that the "twist" near the end, when Daisy has a direct transcript between herself and the reporter, didn't really shock me or affect me. It wasn't a bad addition by any means, but it didn't do much for me. However, this book is not about a single twist or shock factor, so it doesn't affect my glowing, five-star rating. lgbtq rep: mlm minor POV character
Expected Publication: March 5th! ALL THE STARS!!! SERIOUSLY, FIVE IS NOT ENOUGH! I adored this book so much. It is only the 6th day of 2019 and I would venture to say that this will probably be in the top 5 books I read this year, if not the best book I read this year. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a powerhouse. After reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I considered myself a fan of her storytelling. But Daisy Jones & the Six blows it out of the water. Daisy Jones & the Six is a story about the fictional rock band... you guessed it... Daisy Jones & the Six. It tells the story of their rise to stardom and their later collapse. But the characters are the magic. The individual subplots are superb, and I was able to make a connection with each and every character in the book. I loved the way Taylor Jenkins Reid tied everything together with the ending expertly crafted and told. Although the entire story was fabulous, the last 10% of the book gave me all the feels and really brought it home for me. The formatting was so unique and different. Written in the form of a transcript, with different characters telling their version of the story was super interesting. It also added a real element as everybody's version of events was at times different, as they would be if actual people were telling their own accounts of the same story. And the humor. Perfectly placed. I found myself chuckling and laughing many times throughout. It was not overtly humorous by any means. But the way the author crafted conflicting accounts of certain events made me smile. As this was a story about a rock band, there was mention of the various songs they wrote and performed. And not only did TJR allude to the band's songs. She wrote them. At the back of the book are the lyrics of all ten songs for the reader to enjoy. Now if only we could have an accompanying soundtrack, my life would be complete. A girl can dream, right? I will be recommending this book to everybody I know. And I have to thank BookSparks for helping a sista out with the request for this ARC. Hearts! You will definitely want to preorder this one so click here to take yourself straight to Amazon and do it! This is one of the most highly anticipated books of the year, and I have a feeling it will be one of the most talked about after it is published. -I was gifted an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Random House Publishing for the opportunity to review.-
Right from the beginning Taylor Jenkins Reid draws you into the story about a fictional rock band from the 70s. If I didn't know better I would have told you Daisy Jones and The Six were a real band. You feel the tension and wanting throughout the whole book. Taylor distributes bits and pieces to the reader slowly to draw you in and have you savoring each interview. Taylor's characterization is so good that she will have you believing the band is real. If you are anything like me you will try to pull up stories about the band on the internet. I loved how she makes Daisy a mix of sweet, worldly, flawed, confident, and slightly broken. You forget that Daisy is so young because she seems to have been there and done that. Not only does Taylor draw you into Daisy's story but she also draws you into the band dynamic. You are given insights into each of the band's brains. She paints a very vivid picture of the ticking time bomb that is The Six. I love that this story was told through a series of interviews. The style just seemed to work for this book and it made for a very fast read. I think Daisy Jones and The Six will be hard to knock out of my top spot for 2019. I couldn't put this book down! Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid and Ballentine Books for my copy of Daisy Jones and The Six in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book and it is not what I typically lean towards reading. This read as more of an interview/documentary of a '60/'70 era rock band and the pitfalls of being in a band in that time. We get to know Daisy Jones and all the band members and are there for their rise to fame and again on their way down. I read this one over the weekend during a snow storm with music playing in the background, definitely the way to go! I'm not going to tell you anything more about this one other than it is a page turner and if you are looking for something just a little different give it a try, you will not be disappointed. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo might be my favorite book of 2018. So when I saw the Taylor Jenkins Reid had a new book coming out, I was hyped. When NetGalley approved me for an eARC I almost passed out. Okay. This book was insane. I loved it. I did not want to put it down and I could not stop thinking about it. The characters are messy, flawed, and feel so real. I don’t know how Taylor Jenkins Reid makes her characters seems like they are real people. If you told me that Daisy Jones & the members of The Six were real I would believe you. I already want to reread this book. I want to comb through TJR’s words. I want to annotate their song lyrics and highlight all my favorite quotes. A big part of me is sad Aurora is not a real album. Daisy Jones & The Six were an insanely famous rock band in the 70’s, but at the time of the book they are older. They all remember things differently, which I thought was so authentic and made things a little mysterious. We are not entirely sure what is the truth and what memories have been lost to the ages. We follow Daisy and the band from their beginnings, how they came together, and how they fell apart. The characters have had years to reflect on their actions and thus are not as angry as I imagine they were when the actions in the novel took place. I did not realize going into this that it was told in a transcript form and an unnamed narrator is telling us the story. The format took a little getting used to, but I think it was the perfect way to tell this story. WHAT I LOVED The beginning hooks you This is a TJR staple (at least based on the one other book I have read by her) How they all remember things differently There was not any unnecessary girl hate. It would have been so easy to pit all the girls against each other. They don’t all like one another, but they respect each other. We also see some great female friendships It’s so feminist and shows women being happy in different lives. Moms, a woman who doesn’t want kids, musicians, and an IT girl. How the bands song lyrics are included There are so many epic quotes (most of the ones I highlighted have curse words so for the sake of keeping this review PG I won’t list those) “Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people” KAREN! It would have been so easy for her to hate Daisy or for her to give up on what she wanted, simply because society told her to WHAT I DID NOT LOVE I did not love that addiction played such a huge role in the story. I get it, but it is not my favorite thing to read about. It did play for an interesting dynamic between two of the characters which I did like A few of the characters sort of blended in the background. It took me awhile to figure out all the bandmates and record people. That I can’t talk about more of this book in detail because of spoilers.
This novel is definitely going to be a number 1 bestseller! I couldn't put it down and did not want it to end! Daisy Jones and the Six is a well written tell all about the rise and fall of a very successful 70's rock band. It is written in an interview style, with each member as well as managment and family giving their personal view on life with the band. I would imagine it's could be a very accurate depiction into that life. With raging egos, drugs, and secrets it's the type of novel that keeps you wanting more after the last page is read. I have read some of the other novels of Taylor Jenkins Reid and enjoyed them all, but Daisy Jones and the Six is my personal favorite. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this novel!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the first novel that I have read by this author. And I loved every second of it! On the surface, it’s the story everyone has heard many times. Band has a meteoric rise to superstardom and takes the motto Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll to new heights. But this story goes way beyond the surface. Daisy Jones grew up a child of privilege in Los Angeles. Undeniably gorgeous, she hits her rebellious teens in the 1960’s and starts hanging out on the Sunset Strip. There she becomes enamored with the Rock and Roll lifestyle into which she is easily accepted as a groupie. The longer she’s around this culture, the more she realizes she wants to be a bigger part of it. The biggest part of it. She wants to be a star. On the other side of the country, brothers Billy and Graham Dunne are forming a blues / rock band. Billy easily slips into his role of front man while he perfects his song writing skills. As their popularity increases, they meet their soon-to-be manager Rod who convinces them to move to LA and gets them a record contract. The record company forced Daisy on the Six, adding her vocals to one of their songs, and the rest is history. The book details the rise and breakup of the hottest (fictional) band of the 1970’s through interviews with band members and those most important to the band’s success and ultimate demise. The twist at the end caught me completely off-guard. I couldn’t help the tears that leaked out. Very sweet and unexpected ending.
My thanks to NetGalley, BookSparks, and Ballantine Books for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. “We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and more classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.” Daisy Jones and The Six is the story of the rise and fall of a fictional rock band from the 1970’s. For fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones will feel somewhat familiar as a protagonist. An absolute icon in the entertainment world, gorgeous, and stubborn, she is haunted by an all-consuming vice and forbidden love. For Evelyn Hugo, her love of money and her inability to be open about her sexual orientation stood between her and the love of her life. Daisy Jones struggles similarly with drug addiction and an obsession with someone who is emotionally unavailable to her. In terms of the actual storytelling, however, these novels are quite different. Daisy Jones and The Six is told entirely in the format of an interview with members of the band and others who were close to them professionally or personally. The reader is made to feel as if they are watching a documentary about the band. While this was interesting in concept, it made for rather dry storytelling after a while, and I think this was the main thing that kept me from being able to rate this as five stars. Perhaps this is down to personal taste and your experience may differ greatly, but I felt I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if the interview format was only a portion of the book and was used to break up chapters in a more traditional narrative style. "Billy: Karen was just a great musician. That was all there was to it. I always say I don’t care if you’re a man, woman, white, black, gay, straight, or anything in between – if you play well, you play well. Music is a great equalizer in that way. Karen: Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people." Gender played a really interesting role in this novel, particularly in terms of respect and power struggles. Daisy Jones struggles to be taken seriously when she is starting out as a solo artist. She clashes intensely with Billy’s authoritarian style of running The Six when she begins to integrate into their band. Her ultra-feminine style and revealing clothing also get under the skin of bandmate Karen, who has adopted somewhat of a tomboy persona in an attempt to make the men around her take her seriously. One thing really love about Reid’s work is her ability to write realistically flawed characters while still allowing the reader to feel like it’s worth rooting for them. Daisy Jones is stubborn, selfish, impulsive, and narcissistic. However, we have the benefit of understanding her upbringing (or lack thereof) and the interview format of the book also allows us to see the story through the eyes of an older Daisy, who seems to understand these flaws and to have put work into overcoming them. Taylor Jenkins Reid had truly brought these characters and the era in which they were famous to life. While this isn’t my favorite of her books (if you’re new to her work, I highly recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as a starting point), I do highly recommend it. It’s a fun read and will have you wishing for a soundtrack to go with it. And since Reese Witherspoon is producing a TV adaptation, it sounds like we might get just that.
This book.....I don’t even know where to begin. I loved it! Within the first few pages I wasn’t sure how I felt about the layout and how the story was told in small bits from different perspectives, but once I got used to it I loved it. Rock bands have never really been a huge interest to me so I was curious how I would feel about a book focused completely on that. It did not matter. The story of Daisy Jones and the Six, but mainly the story of Daisy and Billy was so compelling right from the start. I couldn’t wait to find out how the story progressed and how they found their successes, failures, love, loss etc. I cannot reccomend this book enough. You will love every minute of it! I received an advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.
I feel like all I need to say is this is written by Taylor Jenkins Reid and that would be enough of an endorsement. Anyone who has read her books knows that she writes the most unique plots and stunningly realistic and relatable characters. Anyone who has yet to read her, well, what are you waiting for? Daisy Jones and The Six is told in documentary form. Daisy, the band members, and a few other relevant players take you back to the late 1970s when their music took off. It's real, raw, and emotive. Obviously I've never been in a famous rock and roll band, but that didn't stop me from connecting and finding pieces of myself in these characters. TJR has a way of making her characters so dynamic that everyone will find a piece of themselves in them. There are plenty of funny moments, but also many touching and aggravating ones too. I honestly forgot at times that they weren't a real band and this wasn't a true oral history. I am now left with a bit of a book hangover and a hope that TJR writes another book soon.