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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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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MaryH_1
Jun 07, 2019

I could not put this book down for it’s wild, sensitive, crazy, intimate look at an up-and-coming rock band in the 70s. Through a series of fictional interviews about the rise and fall of The Six, members of the band, their significant others, agents, producers and others share the exhilaration, excess and horrors of musical creativity and success with humor, honesty and pathos. Each character is human, flawed and glorious — but their combined voices create a mesmerizing novel about art, addiction, recovery, faith and faithlessness and hope.

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robsonsa
Jun 03, 2019

I wanted to love this book. The story is interesting and memorable but the writing style really took away from the quality. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters and too many characters were introduced all at once that I found it difficult to follow.

I have heard the audio book is fantastic, so I would recommend giving that a try as the biggest problem with this book in my opinion is the writing style.

mazinwhistler Jun 03, 2019

I loved this book! I wanted it to be real and was sad when it came to an end. There was an urge as I was reading to Spotify the songs - that don't event exist! ;-) . Jenkins does an amazing job of developing the characters and the different levels of relationships that exist within the bands. Also recommended is the podcast with the author on Sound Cloud about the book and how it came to be. Great read!

VaughanPLKim May 30, 2019

This book is written as a series of interviews with the band members of Daisy Jones & The Six and other people associated with the band, such as producers and sound engineers. When you first pick it up you almost wonder if it's about a real band. I can tell that author Taylor Jenkins-Reid put a lot of effort into making the band feel authentic, even going as far as to include the lyrics to their hit album at the end of the book, which I thought was pretty cool. Unfortunately the narrative style didn't allow me to really connect with the characters. It was a lot of telling rather than showing. I think I would have preferred the interview segments to be used in conjunction with flashbacks to the book's events so we could experience them alongside the characters instead of just reading about them after the fact.

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Suellen1111
May 23, 2019

I was disappointed in my reaction to this book: I tried 3 times but was really put off by the narrative style.

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Amyode2
May 17, 2019

Easy, fast read but didn't care for the writing style.

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becker
May 08, 2019

This book chronicles the rise and fall of an iconic 70’s rock band and the author just nails it. All of it – the characters, the dialogue and the decade. I didn’t want to put it down. I would highly recommend the audio book for this title. The narration was so authentic and it added greatly to my enjoyment. I’m afraid I have a big book hangover from this one.

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sjohnston149
Apr 30, 2019

This book was disappointing. It seems to have been written with a great deal of care and dedication which makes it even more so. I didn't care for the narrative style. It disrupted the flow of reading and didn't do enough to establish the characters individual voices. The plot was repetitive, lacked build, and there was no climax. It seems I'm in the minority here, but I really did not enjoy this 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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