Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six

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Book - 2019
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"A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of a world-famous 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer--and the secret reasons behind their dramatic break up. Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists ... But when she sings in a crowded, smoky club, you can hear a pin drop. All she wants is to write her own songs, but the record studio has its own ideas. It's the early 1970s and free love and drugs are everywhere, and Daisy wants to experience it all. Billy Dunne and his brother have a band called The Six that won't be playing weddings for long. They are ambitious, hard-rocking, hard-partying. When they land a record deal, Billy's girlfriend follows them to the west coast and life begins. But she finds out she's pregnant on the eve of their first tour, and the pressure of fatherhood and incipient fame make Billy go a little crazy on the road. Daisy and Billy's paths cross when a manager realizes that the key to skyrocketing success is to put them together. But oil and water don't even begin to describe how they mix ... And what happens next will become the stuff of legend. Written in the style of an "as-told-to" rock autobiography, Daisy Jones & The Six is an unforgettable ride."--Publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, 2019.
ISBN: 9780385692175
Branch Call Number: REI
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Daisy Jones and the Six

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This book is about a fictional 1970s rock band and is written as a oral history. It is like you are there, beside the person being interviewed. I really enjoy the book and can't wait till the tv series comes out.


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YourLocalReader
Mar 06, 2021

Daisy Jones and the Six chronicles the journey of a famous rock band in the late sixties who are adjusting to fame. The band starts to fracture as complications arise from jealousy, drug addiction, and love. The book was very ambitious by displaying a new format to tell the story. The story consists of multiple points of view through interviews. It was delightful how they each had differing perspectives and observations on the band. However, it became a little confusing as the chapters flew by. There were so many perspectives to keep track of, and I found myself scrambling to match them with their characters. One of the central themes was addiction which I discovered the author managed to capture beautifully. I think the inclusion of two characters, one who was currently addicted and a former addict, proved to be an intriguing contrast.
This book has been raved about everywhere, but I shockingly found it to fall flat. The plot was too predictable, and the constantly changing perspectives irked me towards the end. However, I give props to the author for making this novel so realistic; sometimes, I forgot Daisy Jones and the Six weren’t a real band. I think part of the reason this fell flat for me is that I have read the author’s other novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which contained similar pop culture-based elements, but I found it more enjoyable. I give the book a 3 out of 5 stars since it addressed addiction in a very realistic way, and the relationship between the characters was very intricate. The multiple perspectives and predictable plot made it a bit lackluster for me, but I would still recommend it for fans who enjoy slower paced romance writing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
TW: Mentions of sexual activity, addiction to drugs/alcohol
Age Recommendation: 15+ (depends on reader’s maturity)

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LynnCharmaine12
Feb 25, 2021

I LOVED this book. I love all of TJR's books. This isn't my favorite of hers, but it's in the top 3. I get that it's polarizing though, as it's a unique format. I loved "Behind The Music" back in the day and I really liked this style, but I know it's not for everyone. Can't wait for the inevitable movie/show of this one.

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CarlaHubbs
Feb 15, 2021

What a great book! Loved every page of it. I spent a lot of time on the Sunset Strip when I was younger, and so many memories came flooding back. The author captured the essence of that era very well

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volare
Feb 01, 2021

I enjoyed this book but THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by the same author is soooooo much better. I'm old enough to remember Fleetwood Mac and their album "Rumours" that came out in 1977. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking the plot of this book reminded me of all the gossip that surrounded Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie, and all the other band members of Fleetwood Mac. Then, at the very end of the book in the author's acknowledgments, she mentioned Fleetwood Mac! My memory is still intact at my advanced age, so good to know! This book reminded me a lot of "Utopia Avenue" that I read last fall and I think "UA" was a more intellectual exercise and had more depth; if you enjoy reading about rock bands, try "Utopia Avenue".

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michellecharris
Jan 18, 2021

Fun read. Enjoyed it. Worthwhile. Would have been so cool to hear the songs.

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shamrock6988
Jan 13, 2021

From the first page, this book had me hooked. It’s like a written version of a film documentary where all the band members are interviewed. A cross between Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, both iconic bands from the 1970s. Give this a shot.

We can never guess what is in a person’s mind and heart, and this gives a tenderness to both.

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Mylynn3
Jan 13, 2021

A great book, I enjoyed the characters and the escapism. It reminded me of the movie Almost Famous, except Penny Lane isn’t just a groupie - she is Daisy. The drama of an up and coming rock band in the 70s, trying not to become sellouts while, doing exactly that, and a lot of drugs/partying.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 04, 2021

Daisy Jones & The Six reminded me of Fleetwood Mac and The Runaways, that kind of wild and wilful attractive female energy. This book chronicles the rise and fall of an epic rock band in the seventies while creating their album and on tour, following the group’s members and told purely through interview format in the modern day. There was definitely some big tension between Daisy and Billy specifically too, and that was magnetic to read. Even in interview format you could still read the feelings they had for each other and how much they clashed as the two main singers of the band and the two songwriters. I’m looking forward to seeing how this book is adapted in the series, even though I’m a little conflicted on the casting!

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MoonBeamz11
Dec 29, 2020

Enjoyable, fun setting. Story felt a little average to me

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BUZZINGBEE
Dec 26, 2020

A whirlwind of a book, that takes you deep into the workings of a rock n roll band in the '70s.
Lots of deep emotions, lots of "highs" and great female characters, who take this book away, yet ground it! One of the more unique books i have read.

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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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