Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six

A Novel

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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 willbecome 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"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524798628
1524798622
Branch Call Number: 813.6000
FIC REID, TAYLOR
Characteristics: pages cm

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Amyode2
May 17, 2019

Easy, fast read but didn't care for the writing style.

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becker
May 08, 2019

This book chronicles the rise and fall of an iconic 70’s rock band and the author just nails it. All of it – the characters, the dialogue and the decade. I didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend the audio book for this title. The narration was so authentic and it added greatly to my enjoyment. I’m afraid I have a big book hangover from this one.

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sjohnston149
Apr 30, 2019

This book was disappointing. It seems to have been written with a great deal of care and dedication which makes it even more so. I didn't care for the narrative style. It disrupted the flow of reading and didn't do enough to establish the characters individual voices. The plot was repetitive, lacked build, and there was no climax. It seems I'm in the minority here, but I really did not enjoy this book.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 29, 2019

In Taylor Jenkins Reid's breezy new novel, Daisy Jones & the Six are a successful California rock band in the 70's, led by the charismatic and beautiful Jones, who is something of a mix of Eve Babitz and Joni Mitchell. Internecine conflicts, as well as the usual cocktail of drugs, sex, and fame tear the band apart. It's written as an oral history of the band and if you're a fan of the period, especially the Laurel Canyon scene, there are a lot of good details and references. A Reese Witherspoon book club pick!

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AConsolver
Apr 24, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy compelling fiction set in another time. Specifically the 1970s, anything to do with life in a band, or something written in interview format.

This book chronicles the lifespan of the band Daisy Jones & the Six, and solves the "mystery" behind their breakup.

I should start by saying that this book is not at all up my alley. The 1970s is not a decade that I am drawn to, I generally avoid anything with more than very slight drug useage, and I'm not super into classic rock. However, I felt that way when I read the description for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo too... and everyone ended up loving it. I jumped on the bandwagon this time and I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Despite my lack of interest in the topics and subject matter I found the story pretty riveting and read it in just two short sittings. I thought it was pretty amazing how much detail was possible even in an interview style format. I felt like the scene, time, and lifestyle of these people was incredibly vivid. My heart broke for different characters at different times, and I especially loved how the women treated one another. I didn't find the climax terribly dramatic, but I really liked how it shook out all the same. I'm excited to see this come to life on the screen, and I really hope that they do all of the songs, it was fun to have the lyrics in the back of the book. Overall, I would recommend this whether or not it sounds like your "thing".

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tracebroyles
Apr 18, 2019

Fantastic read. It felt a little slow in parts and there were some heavy cliches, but it worked. For fans of the movie Almost Famous and all things classic rock, this book is for you.

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agolanka
Apr 17, 2019

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a richly developed, but cliched, story chronicling the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band. The story is clearly very inspired by Fleetwood Mac, one of my favorite rock bands, so I couldn’t resist. Everything is told in an almost epistolary format, with only character interviews guiding the plot. This style really worked and made the novel a very quick read despite the heavy tropes (drugs, sex, rock & roll) on almost every page. Maybe because of the format but there was too much cheesy dialogue and cheap philosophizing that kept my eyes rolling like:

“Passion is...it's fire. And fire is great, man. But we're made of water. Water is how we keep living.”

I suppose it’s not too different from some of the pseudo-intellectualism many bands exhibit, however. In spite of my criticism, Jenkins Reid creates an incredibly vivid atmosphere that brings the band to life fully equipped with song lyrics. My absolute favorite part of Daisy Jones and the Six, however, is the mesmerizing love story between two of the characters told from both sides. Without spoiling anything, the rawness of it made up for the book’s other shortcomings. Not perfect, but a great substitute for the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham autobiography that will never come.

JCLKariE Apr 16, 2019

Taylor Jenkins Reid does a phenomenal job of creating faceted, flawed characters who can't believe the ride they had together. The interview format works so well for this novel because you can feel the intensity building.

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KatG1983
Apr 15, 2019

I have read - and loved - all of TJR's books. Daisy Jones & The Six did not disappoint, and currently sits as my favourite book of 2019 so far. TJR writes about relationships (familial / friendship / romantic) in interesting and surprising ways, and those in the book do not feel predictable or boring. I loved the concept for the story, and the narrative style (personal interviews) allow you to get a sense of how each character interpreted events differently (as we all do in our real lives). I got through this book in a little over 24 hours - you will not regret picking it up!

ArapahoeKara Apr 12, 2019

If you love 70's rock (especially Fleetwood Mac) or the movie Almost Famous, you'll love this book. Daisy Jones and the Six felt like peering back in time to see firsthand the drama and chaos that was the 70's rock & roll scene. The format was so unique, and made these characters feel real in the sense that sometimes while reading you almost forgot it's a story about a fictional band. I'm eager to watch the TV miniseries adaptation when it releases!

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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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