Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: sex, drugs and rock and roll

Why should you read this book?

A few days ago, I finished Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I don’t even know how to describe my face when I closed this book. I was euphoric because I was mesmerized by this story  and sad, at the same time, because it was over. Yes, it’s this good! Let’s see: I haven’t read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo yet and I was feeling sort of skeptical. I didn’t really know if Daisy Jones & The Six was going to live up to the hype. But it did!

This book, set in the late sixties/seventies, starts by telling the story of Daisy Jones, a provocative, gorgeous, and wild young woman, living in Los Angeles. She dreams of writing and singing her own songs. At the same time, The Six are getting noticed in the rock world. Billy Dunne is the band leader and, as Daisy, he is intense, conflicted and a true rock star. At a certain point, all of them cross paths and they become the world-famous band Daisy Jones & The Six. This is a book that tells the story of the legends of rock and roll, exploring love, loss, sadness, addiction and passion.

I have been a fan of rock bands since I can remember. Guns n’ Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, The Doors, Rollings Stones. You name it! Reading this book felt familiar. The intensity, the compulsive creation, the excess were so well-portrayed by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The characters felt SO real. It really felt like this band truly existed. It’s definitely an intoxicating and unforgettable story! I also loved the structure of this book that reminds a documentary.

Go buy this book! Seriously. And, guess what? Amazon ordered a limited series based on Daisy Jones & The Six and it will be a co-production between the major company and Reese Witherspoon. I can’t wait!

I’d like to thank Cornerstone for sending a review copy. You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.

Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.

The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.

Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Book Details:

Publisher: Cornerstone (Penguin Random House UK)
Published on: March 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Price: £12.99

4 stars

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