‘For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.
Nobody ever knew why. Until now.
They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.
The only thing they know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked, barefoot, on to the stage at the Whisky, the band were irrevocably changed.
Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes, it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.’
Wow. Wow wow wow. Did I mention wow? I frickin adored this book. Every single page of it. Every single word of it even. I devoured it, and wanted to read it again the second I closed the back cover. My only regret? I regret not reading it sooner. This is not a book that deserves to be left languishing on a book shelf as part of someone’s to be read pile. It is, in my opinion, a work of art.
The book follows Daisy Jones, a fledgling, not very successful, but compelling socialite and songwriter. From a young age, she gets a reputation – for her striking looks, her easy nature, and her too young but grown up ways. She is a party girl, who is looking for love and affection in all the wrong places.
It also follows The Six, a blues-rock band started by Billy and Graham Dunne. They have a raw sound that appeals to people, and they are destined to be something big.
Separately, Daisy Jones, and The Six are good. But when they team up, they’re magic. They’re unstoppable.
As their fame continues to grow, their relationships and personal lives start to fall apart. Alcohol, drugs and egos eventually cause Daisy Jones and The Six to go their separate ways, never to play together again.
This novel features a whole host of different characters – the band members, Daisy Jones, friends, and family. While Daisy and Billy are arguably the main characters, the others are equally as important to the story.
The fear with a book like this, that has so many different characters and voices, is that they will feel one-dimensional, or badly written. That is not the case at all here. Each different character has a distinct voice and personality, and while we don’t get in depth backstories for all of them, for me, I still feel like we get to know them all equally well. It’s a testament to Jenkins Reid’s skill and writing ability – I could hear the different character’s voices in my head as I was reading. She made each person come to life.
I have to single out Daisy though. The novel starts and ends with her – she is the catalyst that caused the success she and the band experienced. And she is such a complex, well-written character. Strong willed, but keen to be acknowledged and taken seriously – as a person and a musician. She is childlike, craving the love she lacked as a young girl, and uses alcohol and hard drugs to fill that void. She is somehow both endearing and frustrating, returning repeatedly to the very things and people that contribute to her downfall. She is one of the best written characters I’ve read this year.
Style & Format
Daisy Jones & The Six is unusual, because it is not written in the usual ‘story book’ style. The whole book is written in the style of interviews, given by the characters to the author. The story progresses as each character answers questions put to them – the whole book is really one big conversation.
The book itself is split into different sections, each one spanning a different time in the band and the member’s lives.
It has a great flow, the conversational style makes it easy and quick to read. It’s a refreshing change from typical books that have chunks of text between dialogue. I really enjoyed the different style.
I was never going to get through this review without mentioning ‘Almost Famous’ (one of the best films ever, thank you very much!) and how similar I found the two. The timeline, some of the places mentioned, and just the overall vibe of the two are very reminiscent of each other.
It’s just a stand out book. If you were to ask me in a year what my favourite books from the past year were, this would be at the top of the list. I just loved it (in case you couldn’t tell!). It’s cool, and edgy, at times funny, at times devastating, and it’s just different and refreshing.
And I have so much admiration for the author, who not only wrote an amazing book, but also wrote full lyrics for the songs mentioned in the story. Talk about the cherry on top!
If you haven’t already read Daisy Jones & The Six, I really recommend that you do – I’m actually jealous of anyone who gets to read this for the first time.
About The Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’, ‘One True Loves’, ‘Maybe In Another Life’, ‘After I Do’, and ‘Forever Interrupted’.
Her novels have been Indie Next Picks, chosen by Book of the Month, and featured in ‘People’, ‘US Weekly’, ‘Entertainment Weekly’, ‘Good Morning America’, and more.
Her newest novel, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.