I was actually going to skip over this one, but I had one day where I was able to listen to an audiobook at work which rarely happens, and this one came in at 9 hours and was just the right length for me to fit it in at work so I decided to give it a try after loving The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by the same author!
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.
I have no idea how Taylor Jenkins Reid writes these characters that makes you feel like they are real life people that you could just Google more information about them, but this is the second book of hers that has made me want to do so! I fell in love with the characters and just wanted to know more about them, and the ending of this book is so bittersweet that it almost brought tears to my eyes. If you get the chance to listen to this one on audio, I highly recommend it! Especially because some of the voice actors are actual actors, it comes across as one of those documentaries about bands without being able to look at the screen and it was just so enthralling.
All of the women in this book were so powerful and the messages about being a strong and capable woman were so freaking fantastic! The relationships between each of the women in particular is one of mutual respect, even if they are at odds with each other they never get catty or anything like that.
Now that it’s been a while since I’ve read/listened to this book, i feel a little more distanced from the story and the characters, but I still sometimes think about Daisy and Billy and their lives. I especially loved that each of the characters saw each event in their lives differently, and it made everything a lot more realistic.
The slowest parts for me were the songwriting parts, and it was really detailed on the process of creating these songs, but while I say that it is slow, it was still highly enjoyable especially if you are interested in the making of music. The topics covered were also done in a really tasteful way, from issues like addiction, cheating, death and alcohol use.
The ending where we find out who is interviewing the band and people close to them wasn’t necessarily surprising, but I didn’t see it coming because I felt like there were no clues as to who it was, but it is very possible that I missed that part since I was listening to the audio book.
My one biggest fear about this book was the writing style. I didn’t think I would enjoy an interview format for a book since I’ve never really read anything in that style. But I’m glad to say that I didn’t have any issues with it, so if that is something you aren’t sure about, I still recommend giving it a try because you may be surprised!