Our Review

‘Music can dig, you know? It can take a shovel to your chest and just start digging until it hits something.’

 Daisy Jones and The Six was easily one of our most anticipated stories for 2019. The moment we saw the cover and read the synopsis, we thought…’this book is for us’ and so we were over the moon to receive an advanced copy.

‘They each seemed like they thought the other one was the only person in the room. Like we were watching two people who didn’t realize thousands of people were watching them.’

We’re music addicts and rock star romance junkies. The turmoil, the lifestyle, the drama, the passion, in fact, everything associated with a rock star theme draws us in time and time again, and some of our favourite rock star reads which have been in a similar format to this book, and have completely wowed us.

‘The chosen ones never know they are chosen. They think everyone gets a gold carpet rolled out for them.’

We really did enjoy this book; however, there were times we felt a little disconnected and put it down to the whole book being delivered in an interview format. Reading this way doesn’t have the same impact as hearing it, seeing it, and so we think the audio version of this book is going to be phenomenal, as will the television show already in the works. The way the story is written had a feel of The Defiant Ones documentary about it, which, as a music documentary film works brilliantly, you can see the expressions, feel the emotions, sense the uneasiness or revel in the camaraderie, but in written form it would be like reading a very long interview in a magazine, which wouldn’t have the same effect, and that’s how we felt with Daisy Jones & the Six.

‘It’s like some of us are chasing our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.’

We love when rock star books manage to combine the interview process interspersed with the ‘real life’ moments, where we’re allowed to be present with the characters, living and breathing them in, feeling their story, their drama and pain, and really wish we could have lived those pivotal moments in Daisy, rather than being told about them, our connection with the characters would have been far greater had we been afforded that experience.

‘I was paying the price for the parts of himself he didn’t like.’

In saying all that, there was much of this book that did work for us. The story had a Fleetwood Mac tortured feel about it which also lent itself to the seventies pop culture and music which we particularly loved. Taylor Jenkins Reid certainly took us back to that era where we could visualise the settings and at times it was reminiscent of those ‘Behind the Album’ insights which we devour.

‘We love broken, beautiful people. And it doesn’t get much more obviously broken and classically beautiful than Daisy Jones.’

We were desperate to find out how, coming into an already established band, Daisy received top billing, and why, at the peak of their fame, they walked away from it all, with the ending of the interview having us welling up, it was such a poignant, moving and beautiful moment.

We can’t wait to hear the Audiobook, with each different perspective being brought to the fore, to see this story come to life on screen, will transcend beautifully, it’s going to be a real treat! The characters each had their own personalities, strong or laid back and it’ll be interesting to see them depicted on screen. Bring it on!

“Where do you see this band in five years? Ten years?”
“We’ll be the biggest band in the world.”

Audio now live – Kindle releasing 7th March.

Synopsis

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . 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 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.

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

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