Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six

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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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524798628
1524798622
Branch Call Number: F REID-T
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Daisy Jones and the 6

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 15, 2019

I loved this! I was so resistant to reading it, despite all the hype surrounding it, because it didn't seem like precisely my cup of tea, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot, because I thought it was absolutely riveting and addictive. As a lot of other reviewers have said, it's hard to remember that this is not a real band by the time you're done reading; you finish the book and wish you could go look up concert clips on YouTube and download their famous record, because that's how authentic the oral-history-style format feels. These characters are all deeply troubled in a way that I generally don't find enjoyable to read about, but which I loved here. I also have to note that I listened to it, and I'm not 100% sure I would have loved it quiiiiite as much without the benefit of the full-cast audio; this is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in the past couple of years, and I highly recommend consuming it in that format.

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Linyarai
Jul 13, 2019

I was surprised to find that this wasn't a real band, the story was so well written I believed it was true. I had doubts about the writing style at first since a lot of other reviews didn't like it, but I actually didn't mind the whole thing being in interview style. I found the first half of the book was really fast paced, but the second half slowed down and I was less interested. Still finished the whole thing in a day though.

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gymgurl
Jul 12, 2019

The PERFECT Summer read!

lilmisslibrary Jul 10, 2019

Absolutely loved this one! The transcript format of the novel is definitely different in form - at first I wasn’t sure - but I was quickly sucked into the music scene of the 1970s. The magic between the characters / the writing / the story is something I won’t soon forget.

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ciaosusanna1875
Jul 03, 2019

Maybe I missed the point of this book but honestly I don't know what all the hype was about. Although its fiction I've heard big parts of this story many many times...drugsboozesex....and its boring. The people were not developed , the story's focal point was shallow and honestly I fell asleep listening to the end....and I considered not re=listening because I knew what was going to happen....and it did!

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madimartin
Jul 01, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t think I would from just reading the blurb, but thought I would give it a try and am really glad I did. Liked the writing style as well, made it seem more authentic.

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bookpusher
Jun 24, 2019

I had about 120 pages left and kept thinking 'what's the big deal with this book'...I mean it was good, but nothing really special.....then it happened and I fell in love!! Cried like a baby too...lol. Really enjoyed, and I was hoping these people were real!

DBRL_ReginaF Jun 22, 2019

I have to admit that I was truly frustrated that this was about a fictional band. I really wanted to be able to listen to the album!

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Ljparker5807
Jun 12, 2019

I found the book entertaining and really enjoyed it at first, but then as I got to thinking about it, I realized that the end was too neatly wrapped up. This band had a contract and they can just all walk away and there are no financial repercussions?? Did I miss that? And then Daisy's selfish nature just really turned me off to her character, ultimately.

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Gensc
Jun 11, 2019

What an interesting concept for a story! Throughout the entire read I kept thinking “man, I need to listen to their album”. And then I would be really disappointed when I remembered it wasn’t real. Great book!

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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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