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Daisy Jones and The Six: The must-read bestselling novel Paperback – 7 January 2020
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THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'I LOVE it . . . I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so fun' DOLLY ALDERTON
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Everybody knows Daisy Jones and the Six.
From the moment Daisy walked barefoot on to the stage at the Whisky, she and the band were a sensation. Their sound defined an era. Their albums were on every turntable. They sold out arenas from coast to coast.
This is the story of their incredible rise- the desire, the rivalry - and the music.
Then, on 12 July 1979, Daisy Jones and the Six split up.
Nobody knew why. Until now...
'New obsession, incoming' TELEGRAPH
'I didn't want this book to end' FEARNE COTTON
'Utterly believable . . . fantastically enjoyable' THE TIMES
'Pitch perfect' SUNDAY TIMES
'Reads like an addictive Netflix documentary meets A Star Is Born - despite being utterly fictional. It's also a call-to-arms that when you find your niche, don't doubt, embrace it.' EMERALD STREET
'The verdict- Daisy Jones steals the limelight... A zeitgeist book for 2019' STYLIST
'Well observed, sensitively told . . . a great read.' WILL GOMPERTZ, BBC
'A tremendously engaging, and completely believable tale of rock and roll excess... inventive, persuasive and completely satisfying.' DYLAN JONES
'I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon.' ERIN KELLY
'DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel - at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era. You'll never want it to end.' CECILIA AHERN
'Once in a blue moon you get to discover a book you end up pressing upon many other people to read. Taylor Jenkins Reid has got every nuance, every detail exact and right. I loved every word.' PAUL REES
'So brilliantly written I thought all the characters were real . . . I couldn't put it down.' EDITH BOWMAN
'Explosive . . . a gorgeous novel and a ravishing read.' CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? You bet, but it's Daisy's refusal to become a mere muse that powers this buzzy music-industry romance.' HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON, MAIL ON SUNDAY
'The characters leap off the page, seducing you with their dramas, and making you wish the band was real.' HEAT
'The heady haze of the 70s music scene, and a perfectly flawed Daisy, combine to create a fresh, rock n roll read. I loved it.' ALI LAND, author of Good Me Bad Me
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Unique, inventive and stylish...It's exciting and intoxicating, and I loved the effortlessly cool Daisy Jones. It is a novel I'll revisit regularly. ― Woman & Home
I totally fell for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s engaging recreation of the 70s rock 'n' roll scene . . . this novel has a lot of heart. ― Good Housekeeping
Part juicy celebrity tell-all, part A Star Is Born . . . Be prepared to read it in a single night. ― Vogue, Best New Books 2019
I devoured DAISY JONES AND THE SIX in a day, falling head over heels for it. Taylor Jenkins Reid transported me into the magic of the 70's music scene in a way I'll never forget. The characters were beautifully layered and complex... Daisy and the band captured my heart, and they're sure to capture yours too. ― Reese Witherspoon
- Publisher : ARROW LTD - MASS MARKET (7 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787462145
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787462144
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The way the author wrote the story made it all the more fascinating to listen to, it really felt like I was listening to a documentary rather than a fictional story. I really enjoyed the way the story was told from the beginning. Alternating between the background story of The Six and their rise to fame, and the background of Daisy Jones, until they meet and then their story merges into the one. The story touches on many things you would expect from a famous rock band from the 70's, with the members trying to deal with their fame, addictions, love, loss, touring, being in each other's faces constantly - I was halfway through the Audible version when I also ordered myself a paperback copy, I just knew it was going to be amazing all the way through to the end, and I needed it for my bookshelf.
There are tensions. Billy’s brother Graham falls for keyboard player Karen, who loves him but wants to be a successful artist first and foremost. As she says, marriages are a little more equitable these days but back then, if a woman married and had kids, she could pretty well kiss a career goodbye. Eddie is the one who most resents Billy’s dominance in the group. There are always problems when walking the line between needing strong leadership and direction vs democratically allowing everyone a say and the chance to shine individually. Eddie’s brother Pete has a girlfriend back east. Drummer Warren is the most laidback. The biggest tension though is that after initial hostility, Daisy and Billy share an intense love that can never be acted on or even expressed, except it is. It comes out in their co-written songs and, having hit the heights of success, the band implodes after a Chicago show when the pain of longing, and singing about it every night, is too much to bear. Billy nearly falls off the wagon, struggling with his love for two very different women. Daisy has at last found someone who totally gets her but has to walk away - to rehab. Graham and Karen have their own issues, and Graham needs his brother’s attention at a time when Billy can’t give it. Camila understands everything but stands firm. Eddie is still pissed off. Pete and Warren are philosophical about the ride being over.
Not surprisingly, the book has been picked up and will be made into a 13 part TV series. It’ll be interesting to see how the script writers will deal with the disparate sets of recollections. The producers have a head start on one thing: Reid has penned lyrics for the songs mentioned in the book, which shed a little further light on the state of Daisy’s and Billy’s state of mind/heart. A unique book that really captures the soul of the 70’s rock scene. 4-5 stars.
By roxie on 8 August 2021
I only finished it because it was a Book Club choice. I would never recommend it to anyone.
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It did pick up pace towards the end, but I felt that nothing really happened other than the almost non-verbalised relationships between Daisy and the guy whose name I am struggling to recall
Firstly the writing is strange. It reads more as a script than a regular book. I can see why Amazon have snapped this up for a TV series as the Book is ready to go. The prose is set as a series of interviews years after the events retelling the story of the band. The interviews are stitched together to create the story arc. To begin with this is a jarring negative but actually makes the book incredibly easy to read (I flew through it).
Another negative aspect is the characters are a little cliché. cool diva star, controlling / flawed band leader, aloof bassist, wacky drummer, difficult lead guitarist, etc etc. If I would have predicted the characters I would have got most spot on. However, the characterization is incredible. These characters leap out the page fully formed and you feel you know them, half way through you are invested in most of them.
I am a fan of music and the era, so maybe I was an easy sell. But I found the narrative thrilling. The description of the music writing, the songs and the performances were great. The scene where the album cover is photographed was almost visual.
Look don't pick this up and expect anything deep, meaningful or high-brow. But it is one of the best quick diversion reads I have ever read. My only regret is that there was not an accompanying soundtrack, now THAT would have been great.
There isn't a plot. Take four or five seconds to imagine a pretty girl joining a band and there, you've already imagined all the nuances that this book has to offer.
There isn't any interesting writing to speak of - in fact, the interview style becomes grinding after a few pages, let alone several hundred pages of scarcely-drawn characters who all have the same voice.
The most telling detail of the quality within these pages is the glowing review on the back cover from noted literary critic and public intellectual Edith Bowman, who notes, "I thought all the characters were real." That is presumably to be taken literally and says all that we need to know about the target audience, given that poor old Edith once struggled to understand the complex metaphor at the heart of Rhianna's "Umbrella", moaning, "Why would she offer someone to stand under her umbrella? It just doesn't make sense!"
This isn't literature, it isn't fun and it isn't entertaining.
Written in an interview style and being about a successful band could make it hard to engage with emotionally, but wow does it do just that. You very quickly forget the style and fall for the various characters, and for me not the main ones necessarily in Daisy and Billy, I really liked some of the other band members and hangers on. You get sucked into all of their stories, how they viewed the same events very differently and rush through the pages as you desperately want to find out what happened.
Easily one of my favourite books of recent times that I’m recommending to all my friends. The only annoying thing is that I can’t now listen to their music or go to a concert...I felt the band was so real by the end that I almost googled them anyway!