Thursday, June 27, 2019

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Published: 2019
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Historical, 1970s, Music
Hardback: 467 Large Print
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.

Zombie sighting:
It was like zombies at 10:00 a.m. Until the coffee and the coke kicked in.
-section Aurora 1977-1978, page 261


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.


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My two-bits:

Initially resistant to this kind of story but read it because of the hype. It was told in rock-n-roll interview mode with comments and thoughts from each band member and a few periphery characters.

Reminded me of the film A Star is Born in regards to the rise of a band with two strong leaders of a band as well as the usual sex, drugs and rock-n-roll doings of the 70s.

Got that creative artist outlook on things as well as the struggles of love in the art and in relationships.

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* part of Reese's Book Club 2019 (here)

* part of the Camp ToB 2019 (here)

2 comments:

  1. Mhmmm I did adore A Star is Born...mmmm

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  2. I'm not drawn much to stories like this, but now and then, I really enjoy one. Neat how its interview format.

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