Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Bookstore: Coming to a bookstore near you on 3.5.2019
Publisher: Ballantine Books, an imprint from Penguin Random House
Everyone knows the band Daisy Jones & The Six: Their album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979…UNTIL NOW.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has officially made my list of Favorite Authors! I haven’t read her previous books, except for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which was her last novel and I absolutely loved it. So, I was very happy to have been able to get a copy of Daisy Jones & The Six. Thank you, Kathi and Kaitlin!
Daisy Jones is a wild child who grew up in L.A and entered the party scene at a young age. There she was introduced to sex, drugs and the nightlife, but she always dreamed about singing to the world. Then there is The Six, an up-and-coming (fictional) band that was making a name for themselves lead by Billy Dunne. The dream for both Daisy and The Six is to make it big in the music world and they did just exactly that. They became the greatest band of their time.
The book is written in an interview style where you get personal accounts from the members of the band, managers, music executives, family, and friends. Reid created such beautifully complex characters that are relatable and complicated in their own ways. I literally fell in love with most of the characters in the book. Each character had their own hardship and struggle in one way or another.
I know very little about the music scene during the 70’s, but this book made me want to dive into the music of that time. I’m a 90’s baby and grew up mostly listening to hip-hop, rap, R&B, and pop. I also listened to salsa, bachata, merengue, and cumbia; if you were waking up to Jerry Rivera on a Saturday morning, you knew it was time to get up to clean before your mom comes knocking on the door telling you to get up.
Reid touches upon addiction in the book; drugs, alcohol, and fame. Throughout, you can see how these addictions affect the characters in many ways, but also what sparks the connection between Daisy and Billy and the music they created together.
Apart from getting to know how the greatest fictional band of the 70’s was created you also get to see a love story like no other. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this read. You should definitely grab a copy on March 5, 2019, at your nearest bookstore.