Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins ReidDaisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel

byTaylor Jenkins Reid

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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Everyone knows Daisy Jone & The Six: The band's album Aurora came to define the rock 'n' roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up 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.

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.
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. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.
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Title:Daisy Jones & The Six: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.17 × 6.23 × 0.97 inShipping dimensions:9.17 × 6.23 × 0.97 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038569217X

ISBN - 13:9780385692175

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read cannot recommend enough I had been on a rock bio binge when the cover of this book caught my eye I had just finished reading Pamela Des Barres I’m with the band after after a quick peruse I could not wait to start Daisy Jones and the Six Written so well that you forget this is actually a fictional band I fell in love with some characters but all evoked some reaction from me I connected deeply with a character whose quotes seemed like she was speaking directly to me Loved the book immensely and was sad when I was finished because it meant leaving the rock and roll world I had a sneak peek into
Date published: 2019-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love. This. Book! New favourite! I felt like I was right in the 70's rock era!
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown Away Wow! I finished this wonderful book yesterday, and I’m kind of mixed emotions between sad that I officially finished it and then blissfully happy I read this marvelous book. We follow the story told in multiple POV of the Daisy Jones & the Six. We learn what happened how they became The Six, how Daisy Jones made her way into the band, what happened to the band, and all about the sex, drugs and rock & roll of the 70s. Wow I know I already said wow, but honestly I’m blown away, Reid captured everything so beautifully every detail to a T. I’m honestly sad this isn’t a band because I think we all need to hear just how beautiful their voice’s Reid portrayed so amazingly. I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately, but this by far the best book I’ve read this year. I’m sitting here still processing how this book tugged on every emotion I have. If you haven’t read this book, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.
Date published: 2019-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m Left Speechless! I am truly left speechless after reading Daisy Jones & The Six... this book just touched my heart which made it impossible to put down. The characters are so real and human you can’t help but love them all. The way it’s written is brilliant and gripping. So many parts of this book I reread just because I loved what Reid was saying and the way she conveyed her messages. I am recommending this book to anyone that will listen!
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story !! the story was so well written that at some points i thought i was reading a true story...Daisy is a character that keeps you guessing ...good read...couldn't put it down ...
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't say enough good things! "You always wonder what the future might have held and you’ll never know. Maybe you almost don’t want to know.” Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick Book of the Month Club Pick Buzzfeed Book Club Pick Named 2019’s first pop-culture sensation by the Telegraph A New York Times Bestseller “I wanted you to feel immersed in it, and not like you were reading fiction, but like you were there.” This is what Taylor Jenkins Reid wanted for readers on her latest novel and she makes this happen with her incredible storytelling. Sex, drugs, rock n' roll. Starting in the late 60s we are introduced to Daisy Jones and the Six, the biggest band in the 70s and their highs and lows. What led to the break up of one of the world's biggest bands. Beautiful, free spirited, strong willed Daisy Jones has a natural talent for singing and songwriting. "I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story." Practically raising herself, she frequented bars, clubs and hung out with rock stars before 14. A lover of music, she is determined to make it and has what it takes. The Six is made up of brothers Billy and Graham Dunne and Karen, Warren, Eddie who they meet along the way. Billy quickly becomes the lead and propels the band to stardom with his magnetic stage presence and songwriting abilities. Billy and Daisy start working together and the band reaches new heights, only problem is the two leads hate each other. As the story progresses, we learn about this histories of the characters, personal dilemmas and how life on the road impacts them. Behind closed doors things change. This book is an interview, memoir style of writing with each band member, their families, the crew, industry elite and of course, reporters. When you think this book can't get better, the interviewer surprises you with their identity. Wondering about all the songs by Daisy Jones and the Six? Surprise! Lyrics can be found at the end of the book. I also recommend the audiobook.
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would give this more than 5 stars if I could! I loved the writing style (interview style). Unlike any book I have ever read. Such an interesting look into the lives of these lovable, damaged, struggling characters. I was rooting for each of them and felt like I knew them all. Love!
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely overhyped Although I liked this book, not my favourite from TJR. The interview style writing, although interesting was hard to adapt to. The plot in my opinion had no surprises and the characters’ actions were very predictable. I’d still recommended but I would also mention it’s overhyped.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured this book in one sitting! I just couldn't put this book down- ended up reading it all in one day! I loved the unique structure of the book as well as the characters and the story. The concept isn't one that's done a lot and it made me fall in love with the 70s music scene, reading about snippets of interviews from various people. It was neat to see how some remembered things different than others, that touch of individual perception was one of the reasons why I loved the novel. This is the second book I've read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and she so far has not disappointed! This is probably my top read of the year so far.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I was super excited to read this book. I didn’t have the feeling of «  I can’t stop reading and I can’t wait to know what happens » It was just ok for me. Not a book I would recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Authentic, Fun and Inspiring! I love 70s rock music and have enjoyed reading rock and roll biographies in the past, so I knew that I would enjoy this fictional version. Before I began reading I was intrigued by the writing style, curious to know how it would play out with the story told in snippets of interviews collected over eight years of research. Right from the beginning ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ completely drew me in. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s rich tapestry of authentic characters had me deliciously hooked—I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn’t put it down! It is not easy to create a cast of characters that all have individual voices, but Reid has done this masterfully—her style of writing was so creative and credible that it was genuinely difficult to believe that this story wasn’t in fact true. Not only was this an incredibly fun read, but it also mixed in some deeply profound and inspiring insights into love and life. After reading this book, I am very much looking forward to delving into some of Reid’s earlier titles.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Not my typical type of book but I liked the journey the author took us on and I found it entertaining to see things from multiple peoples perspectives throughout.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It! I picked this book as a vacation read, and I had to see what all the hype was about. It did not disappoint! From the first page it kept me wanting more of these interesting, flawed characters, I couldn’t put it down. It really felt as though I was reading about a real band. Very well written and great ending.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I overall enjoyed this book. I really did love Daisy Jone's character, and i felt they really told her story well. I couple truly imagine her and couple see how someone could perhaps relate to her. It was a lot about band interviews and it was sometimes funny to talk hear the different perspectives of the different people. I think as a book it was a little overhyped, but I believe if this was a movie it would do very very well. I enjoyed the book forsure.
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Band Interview If you enjoy reading articles and interviews from music magazines then you'll probably enjoy this. The story was fine, but was typical and the small twist at the end when you find out who the interviewer is....wasn't the best. It also annoyed me that I've never heard any of the songs (because they're fictional) so when the characters are discussing the songs & changes & lyrics it was frustrating because there was no reference point. A neat concept for a book, but I'll stick to the magazine articles instead of a 300 page book.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Band Interviews If you enjoy reading articles and interviews from music magazines then you'll probably enjoy this. The story was fine, but was typical and the small twist at the end when you find out who the interviewer is....wasn't the best. It also annoyed me that I've never heard any of the songs (because they're fictional) so when the characters are discussing the songs & changes & lyrics it was frustrating because there was no reference point. A neat concept for a book, but I'll stick to the magazine articles instead of a 300 page book.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good! I didn't think this book was going to be for me, but after... Oh my god this was brilliant
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Band read Bought it on sale . Not sure what all the hype is about this book. Seems like when you see a celebrity read certain books , everyone thinks it should be a best seller. Its was just ok. Easy read, but didn’t really get me too excited.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll!!! "I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else's muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of f-$king story. " . I mean, what can be said about this book that hasn't already been said! Sex, drugs, and rock and roll written in a MTV behind the band's style documentary script. It was unlike anything I have ever read before, and I LOVED it!! The author based it loosely on the tumultuous relationship between the band Fleetwood Mac ( cue Rumours Soundtrack here!). I found it was also reminiscent of the strong, but sometimes poisonous relationship between Jack and Ally in A Star is Born! . Can we take a moment to talk about my personal favourite female though, Camilla!! Talk about strength, integrity and honesty. She picked up the entire band every time they were down and out and pieced them back together. Her final words to Daisy rung so true to me so I am going to leave them with you!! " I decided I don't need perfect love and I don't need a perfect husband, and I don't need perfect kids and a perfect life and all that. I want mine. I want my love, my kids, my life."
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really liked it! When I finished this book, I found myself searching for the music of this fictional band to listen to it. I so badly wanted to hear these songs and listen to the emotions these characters went through. TJK writes realistic, flawed characters that grow on you over the course of the story. Without spoiling anything, I will say that she really succeeds at writing complex character dynamics. She's also not afraid to dive into difficult subjects such as addiction and gender dynamics in the music industry, and she writes them well. Overall, I really enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six. It was a fast, entertaining read with a good emotional impact. I would recommend it to anyone who liked Evelyn Hugo and likes reading about the rock and roll scene of the 70s.
Date published: 2019-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I really wanted to like this book because the subject matter has so much potential, but it just falls flat. The narrative style is disjointed and disrupts the flow of reading. It also likely contributes to the characters lacking dimension. The plot is repetitive, there is no build, no climax, and no emotional payoff. This book has a lot of hype, but it's just not good.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I'm really happy I read this book, the story was real and raw. I felt the ending was a little abrupt but overall what a great book!
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Buckingham/Nicks Story I Hoped For When this book begins it has all the promise and illusion that we’re about to witness greatness. That we’re about to have a front row seat to a fictional Fleetwood Mac or Eagles writing their best album. This book fell flat. Much like the authors novel, Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, the story went absolutely no where. The sexual tensions, the drama, the drugs, led up to nothing of consequence. The dynamic between Daisy and Billy makes a play to be a cross between Henley & Frey crossed with Buckingham & Nicks but it feels more like luke warm bath water.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I got hooked by the cover A beach read at best. I was hoping for more. Took about half way through to get into the story.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it , didn’t love it From the Reviews, I thought I was going to love this book, that I was going to get completely caught up with the characters and their stories. But I always felt detached. I did find it an interesting read, especially in the unique format. Glad I borrowed it and didn’t buy it.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite book This book was so hyped up and I was nervous it wouldn't live up to the hype. I read the description and knew it was for me! the story is amazing and I had to keep reminding myself throughout the book that the band wasn't real. It's just amazing!
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good, not great. I read this book within a few days... the beginning and the end went fast but there was a slight lull in the middle where I can see one might get stuck on. I was warned against the interview style novel, but I didn't mind it because I was able to see different character's point of view. However, it did get a bit confusing at times because there are so many characters, and the book doesn't really get beyond the surface with any of them. Daisy is a main character and I found myself questioning why the entire read. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and found Camila to be the most compelling character. I like how it illustrated the ups, downs, non-perfections, and what-ifs of relationships, something I'm sure is more common than we all think. There was also a subtle "girl-power" theme to book which I quite enjoyed.
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable story It was ok, I suppose, although at no point during my day spent not reading did I ever give this book a thought. The interview style in which it was written annoyed me at first but then I got over it. Some parts seemed totally unnecessary to me but I understand what modern day writers are trying to achieve in their storytelling, but in my opinion it ruins the whole book. Shrug. It took me about a week of on and off reading sessions to finish and did not leave me wanting more.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different from her others books I have read all of TJR books and I have to say this was my least fave! Not that it was a bad book cause it wasn’t but it was totally different and again not in a bad way but it lacked emotion for me. Normally when I read her books I laugh and cry out loud and this didn’t do it for me sadly. The thing I look forward to from her story’s is the connection I have with the characters but no one really stood out to me to get the feels. I still lover her tho and cant wait for the next one!
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Rich and Authentic I love 70s rock music and have enjoyed reading rock and roll biographies in the past, so I knew that I would enjoy this fictional version. Before I began reading I was intrigued by the writing style, curious to know how it would play out with the story told in snippets of interviews collected over eight years of research. Right from the beginning ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ completely drew me in. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s rich tapestry of authentic characters had me deliciously hooked—I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn’t put it down! It is not easy to create a cast of characters that all have individual voices, but Reid has done this masterfully—her style of writing was so creative and credible that it was genuinely difficult to believe that this story wasn’t in fact true. Not only was this an incredibly fun read, but it also mixed in some deeply profound and inspiring insights into love and life. After reading this book, I am very much looking forward to delving into some of Reid’s earlier titles.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story Taylor Jenkins Reid first blew me away with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so is it really a surprise that she’s gone and done it again? I adored this book. The Six are a fictional 70’s rock band, although at times you start to wonder if they actually did exist. The story is written like non-fiction, with the author interviewing each member of the band and those close to them. It’s such a unique format, and felt quite real at times. It’s amazing how a simple interview can create this vibrant story with complex, layered characters. Jenkins Reid truly has a gift for bringing characters to life - Daisy Jones will definitely stick with me (just as Evelyn Hugo did). It’s a rough and gritty story; it doesn’t sugar coat the darker side of rock and roll in that era. ‘Sex, drugs and rock and roll’ pretty much sums it up. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I think it’s worth reading all the more because of it. And whenever I put the book down, I would think to myself, ‘this would make an amazing movie’. Fingers crossed.
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! "If you don't love me now/You will never love me again/I can still hear you saying/You would never break the chain." Putting lyrics to my fave Fleetwood Mac song here because Fleetwood Mac and the drama around the recording of Rumours is really the soundtrack to this book. I love that this book essentially reads like I bought a transcript from VH1 of a "Behind The Music" episode. This book is a wonderful cocaine-fueled rocket ship to stardom, but one you know is going to crash, and is going to crash MESSILY because the main engines are just too broken. But you don't ever look away, even when it's hit the ground. I would have read it in one-sitting, but I had a place to be so I had to stop. And I was super bummed that I couldn't just read it all at once like I was watching a documentary. I really can't wait for the series for this, and it's not only so I can hear these songs come to life. It's also a super nice touch that the lyrics to all the songs from Aurora, the book's catapulting album, are in the back of the book. I have no musical talent so I can't really imagine them as songs, but they are great as poetry, too.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pefection This book is one word - Perfection. Once you start it you won't be able to put it down. You want this to be a real story, with real people and a real band. All that's missing is the soundtrack to go with it.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute amazing read! This story is a rollercoaster that give you all the feels. Taylor Jenkins Reid makes you feel that your are right there with the band. I will keep this one in rotation for quite some time.
Date published: 2019-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and easy read. Cool story written in a unique way. You will believe this all to be true and will even look up the band on Google. The book was easy to read and hard to put down. Camilla is definitely an underrated character in the book and a true hero.
Date published: 2019-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I really really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a book like this before. READ IT
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6 Reasons to Read "Daisy Jones & the Six" I bought this book because of the title; I read it because it's a fantastic story told in a unique format. You'll think Daisy and Billy are real, and that their band never played again after July 12, 1979. But none of it's true, I guess. The Reasons: (1) This is a complicated story, which uses the music industry as a backdrop to explore what it means to be a family, to be a friend, to be a parent (especially, a mother), to be an addict, and to be in love. (2) It's written like a transcript from a documentary. (3) It's heartbreaking -- "Daisy: I thought love was bombs and tears and blood. I did not know that it was supposed to make you lighter, not heavier." (pg 245) (4) It tackles the issues women deal with all the time --- "Karen: He knew. (…) He just feels more comfortable pretending he didn't. He has that luxury." (pg 297) (5) Warren is hilariously clueless. Ha. (6) So you can ask yourself: Is Camila the hero of the story? You won't put this down once you start it. Go get it right now. :)
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overhyped, wished for more... I went into this book full of expectations, everyone was telling me how much I would love it and cry/connect to the characters. Unfortunately, the interview style, made me feel disconnected, I would’ve prefered a mix of different mediums to tell the story. While, at first, I felt compassion towards Daisy, she quickly became an unlovable character to me. Her decisions were always all over the place, selfish and hurt other people. Camilla, although she was more of a side character, became the one I enjoyed the most, Billy and her were an unperfect perfect couple, she didn’t make decisions I would’ve made, but I couldn’t help but root for her. The ending left me feeling empty, like there was still something missing for it to feel complete and like to many things had happened at the same time (lacking the amount of details and time spent on ut that I would’ve needed to truly feel something). Overall, while I loved the writting style, this story was overhyped to me and while more enjoyable as an audiobook (since I changed after reading 20 or so pages) than as a traditional read, left me unsatisfied and dissapointed/mad most of the time. I wouldn’t reccomend unless you listen to it and love the format. 3.5/5⭐️ (that would’ve been a 2.95 if I hadn’t switched to the audibook of it.)
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't put this down till you're done and even then you won't want it to Ben over I read this book in 2 days (would have done it faster but life gets in the way). I cannot praise this book enough. The way it's written is like your sitting on you're couch watching a documentary about your favourite band. The character development keeps you wanting more from these amazing people that are so full of so many of the feelings that love and life bring but sometimes seem to get lost in the everyday hustle and bustle. If you are looking to find your new favourite book, look no further. My favourite movie is Almost Famous and this is the literary version of that. Just amazing!
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literal PERFECTION 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.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Need To Read This Book I read this book in just over a day and it is the type of book that you could easily sit and binge read in one sitting. The characters are well developed and you don't miss out on anything by the way that that it is written. You will be so intrigued by Daisy and Billy's relationship and their relationship with the rest of the cast of characters. Hearing from everyone's points of view and seeing discrepancies between certain details was very interesting. Finding out who the interviewer was, was pretty cool as well.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your next favourite book (and band) If there is one book that has stood out to me this year, hell even the last few years, Daisy Jones & The Six is it. Utterly compelling in every single way, it's a book you will devour in hours, and constantly think of it in the moments you aren't reading it (for a slower reader like myself). The story reels you in and never lets up. As much as it is fictional, it's a tell-all of a 1970s rock group that is as good as it gets. Real-life drama, fame and fortune, tabloid gossip, drugs and addiction - everything you want in a music biography, this book got 'em. Fascinating characters give rise to unforgettable voices, with the narrative presented documentary-style formatted as a transcript and structured in chapters for each era of the band's career. There were so many times I had to remind myself that Daisy Jones and The Six were not real, and had to kill the urge to Google them and seek out their Wikipedia pages. You start picking your favourite member, you root for them, get disappointed but sympathetic when they mess up, or celebrate when they overcome hurdles individually or as a band. When all is said and done, it feels like you have lived a life of ups and downs with them, savoured their music (with lyrics legitimately written by the talented Taylor Jenkins Reid) at initimate shows or sold-out arenas, and proudly wear a badge to proclaim your status as one of the fans who go "I was with them from the very beginning." Reading it, I could just picture the fast cuts from member to member as they are being interviewed on camera, each giving a different spin on the same event, either by conscious misremembering or subconscious projection of how it all went down. Daisy Jones & The Six lends itself so well to the screen, so it's no surprise that Reese Witherspoon has already optioned it for a mini-series - a great format for this delicious story since so many between-the-lines, or rather behind-the-scenes drama can be further explored beyond this transcript of a book. Daisy Jones & The Six is a new favourite of mine. You got to read it. I can't wait for its release (Bestseller!) and the show (Buzzy!) to give me many more opportunities to talk to people about it. Now, what about releasing the actual Aurora album (Billboard-charttopper!)?
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book I've Read in Years! I absolutely adored this book. I have mentioned to several colleagues it felt like such a palate cleanse, and it really did. Multiple times while reading I went to look up a Daisy Jones & the Six song on YouTube before I remembered they weren’t a real band. My favourite character changed with each new chapter. I am so excited that it is finally March so I can start recommending to friends and fam! If you’re in a A Star Is Born hangover read this. If you love a good rock bio read this. If you haven’t loved a book in a while read this. Adding to my favourites shelf ASAP.
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Behind the Music in Book Form Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an e-arc of Daisy Jones and The Six! This did not influence my honesty when rating/reviewing. Daisy Jones and The Six is the history of a band from the 1960s- present day told through interviews. It reads a lot like a transcript of an episode of Behind the Music, one of my favourite childhood shows. The story hits a lot of familiar notes for anyone that has read a rock biography, but Taylor Jenkins Reid has created characters that you care about regardless of the expected story beats. For my momey, it is not as emotional as the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / Maybe in Another Life, but I still enjoyed the ride. The book concludes with the lyrics from the songs that Billy and Daisy wrote, which is a note perfect conclusion and makes the story feel more immersive - I hope that the eventual audio book features the actual singing, but perhaps it'll be saved for the limited series. I can't recommend this enough to people who enjoy rock biographies, music, or just a good story about human fallibility.
Date published: 2018-10-16

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The GroupieDaisy Jones,1965–­1972Daisy 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.”

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerA Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine PickA New York Times Editors' Choice"I devoured Daisy Jones & the Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Taylor Jenkins Reid transported me into the magic of the 70s music scene in a way I'll never forget. The characters were beautifully layered and complex. . . . Daisy and the band captured my heart, and they're sure to capture yours too." —Reese Witherspoon"Stylish and propulsive . . . this is easily [Reid's] most sophisticated and ambitious novel. . . . [Daisy Jones & The Six is] a way to love the rock 'n' roll of the 1970s, without apology, without cynicism, bell-bottoms and all." —The New York Times"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"A work of fiction so steeped in the long-vanished world of 1970s canyon rock, you can almost smell the eucalyptus and the quaaludes." —Entertainment Weekly"Reid's wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year." —Nylon"Novels about rock stars rarely work for a simple reason. You are reading a fantasy about a fantasy. . . . Taylor Jenkins Reid, however, has succeeded in creating an utterly believable tale of a band. By the end of Daisy Jones & the Six you want to go and listen to all the mellow classics by the 1970s soft-rock band of the title, which is difficult because they don't exist." —The Times (UK)"[A] juicy tell-all-style page-turner." —Bustle"Evocative . . . brilliant." —Romper"Prepare to fall for Taylor Jenkins Reid's newest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six." —PopSugar"Reid's novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they're listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl." —Booklist, starred review"Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs and rock 'n'roll in the 1960s and '70s in this expertly wrought novel. . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book's prose is propulsive, original and often raw. . . . Reid's gift for creating imperfect characters and taut plots courses throughout this addictive novel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"Daisy Jones & The Six works. It's big dumb fun. Like a vat of movie popcorn saturated in butter-flavored topping, you inhale the thing against all better judgment." —The Washington Post"In this era with so much content and stimuli, where we're on the internet while watching TV, what's great about this book is it draws you in, drowns out the noise and you're just focusing on Daisy, Billy and their story." —Associated Press"Are you looking for an immersive trip back in time to the rock 'n roll of the 70s? Well friends, THIS IS IT. Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six, is unique, captivating and filled with characters that'll stay with you weeks after you've turned the last page. . . . This story is filled with twists and turns you won't see coming, many variations of what it means to love and how to make a badass record. Jenkins Reid's ability to tap into so many different characters within one novel is a real testament to her skill. Simply, add Daisy Jones to your to-read list immediately—you won't be disappointed." —BuzzFeed"The band and the era are so fully realized you'll think you're reading a true story." —Real Simple"The characters are well drawn, idiosyncratic and believable. . . . A well observed, sensitively told love story. Not a simple tale of lost and found or found and lost. But a messier exploration of what love is, what it costs and how a life lived without it, looks. . . . A great read." —BBC"I now want to binge on the entire band's back catalogue. . . . It is an evocative page turner, dripping with the glamour and the excess of a period when bands like Fleetwood Mac were channelling their personal frustrations, sexual tensions and aggressions into global domination. . . . It also has plenty to say that is relevant today about women's lives, strength and ambitions; art; addiction; love; infidelity, and the choices we make around motherhood and relationships." —The Irish Times"The way Jenkins Reid tells the story via oral history will make you wish that somehow, some way the group could come together in real life." —Marie Claire"Taylor Jenkins Reid is a stunning writer whose characters are unforgettable and whose stories are deeply emotional. Her new book is her most gripping yet." —Emily Giffin"Reid's writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction." —Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost "From the very first page you know this book is something special. Taylor Jenkins Reid brings insight and poetry to a story that's utterly unique and deeply authentic, one that transports you to world of seventies rock—with all its genius and temptation and creativity—so completely it feels like you're there." —Katherine Center, author of How to Walk Away  "Raw, emotive, and addictively voyeuristic, Daisy Jones & The Six is imbued with the same anguished heart that fuels the very best rock 'n' roll. Like my favorite albums, this book will live with me for a very long time." —Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus "An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy . . . although the real power of this delicious novel is at its tender beating heart. It's an anthem and a ballad and a marvel." —Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple