Daisy Jones & the Six

Daisy Jones & the Six

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524798628
1524798622
Branch Call Number: FIC REID 2019
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Daisy Jones and the Six

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jstalmer
Oct 02, 2019

I quite enjoyed this novel. At first, I was a bit resistant about the structure but ultimately found it refreshing. I honestly think any other structure would not have worked as well. Kudos to the author for braving this form. It could have flopped if not exquisitely executed.

In the end, the characters crawled under my skin, though as a group more than individually. It was akin to that feeling as a teenager when falling in love with that first favorite band. There's magic there. I think the author captured that magic. It's just a cool novel. It's like a message in a bottle from rock-n-roll, not just because of the subject matter, but for the way the story unfolds. Brilliantly done!

I really have no other novel to compare this one. It was refreshingly told and really sneaks up on the reader as far as the emotional punch. It peeled back the curtain on mythic rock bands and rock stars, but still left the magic in tact. Because of all this and more, I have no choice but to give this novel five stars. And sort of like rock-n-roll, I really can't explain why. It's more just something I felt in my bones. The author made me love this novel like I do Jimi Hendrix or Billie Holiday or John Coltrane. I'll never be able to fully tell you why these artists move me. They just do.

The story is told chronologically, in the form of interviews spliced together. It's like what you might see in a documentary with interviews strung together to tell one story. Because of this structure, it moves quickly. There's virtually no narration, it's all told via first person accounts. A lot of different first-hand accounts (sort of confessional in nature), with everyone being interviewed years later. Even though it was told in first person, it had an overarching feel of a third person narrative.

The story centers on a rock band in the last half of the 1970s, their breakthrough album, and their sudden demise. While that's the skeleton this story hangs on, it's so much more than the sum of its parts. Even though this is a very specific story, it translates to other walks of life and is timeless in a way.

There were some real pearls about rock-n-roll and Hollywood. The novel really hits on how a rock star or a great rock band is not something you can explain. If you could, it wouldn't be what it is.

The author did a great job looking at what it's like to be an artist. It's a tough gig, especially in rock-n-roll. You have to be both vulnerable and tough as nails. This powerful combination is an aphrodisiac for fans and sometimes an invitation for the artist to drown at the bottom of a bottle of whiskey or at the end of a heroin needle.

The author not only nails the collaborative creative process but how fame is such a weird beast. It's really just a lot of people knowing your name, but none of them really seeing the object of their affection. Fans rarely see all the things the object of their affection is missing inside because they are so distracted with the shiny external object.

The author touched on Hollywood and how it's common for people to mistake being popular for real friendships. In Hollywood, there are always so many people around that if you're not careful you might not notice you are really all alone. Feeling alone in a crowd is Hollywood 101.

Upon finishing this story, it seemed the voice of the different characters were similar in some way. Perhaps it was because they were all talking about a time past. Maybe we all sound a little alike when we are drowning in our past or memories.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 18, 2019

So impressed with this book. I can only imagine the effort it took to successfully craft a story in this sort of faux documentary format, with imaginary song lyrics that feel worthy of being actual songs. It definitely paid off with a book that feels wholly real. With all of that being said, it did drag in spots, and there is a whole lot of drama for sure, but given the subject matter, could it be any other way? Guaranteed entertainment, especially on audio. And I can't wait for the television show.

BPLpicks Sep 09, 2019

This piece of fiction was one of the best reading experiences I have had in a while. It follows the rise and fall of an iconic 70’s rock band and is a totally entertaining read. The best word to describe it is authentic. The setting and time period are dead on and the characters are real layered people with complex relationships. You will love them despite their numerous flaws. I can’t say enough about the audio version of this book (Found in Cloud Library) and would highly recommend the audio format if you use it. Daisy Jones and the Six will be one of my best 2019 reads.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 03, 2019

So. Very. Good. On. Audio.

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Gigi76
Sep 03, 2019

My interest in this book was sparked when a woman at a meditation retreat confessed to surreptitiously reading it during our downtime. It’s descriptions of sex, drugs and rock n roll must have been an interesting contrast with the more ascetic experience we were having. The book recounts the rise of the fictional, titular 1970’s rock band “Daisy Jones & The Six.” It’s a fun glimpse into a decade and group of people. My favourite line came from the (otherwise annoying) Acknowledgements section where the author wrote to her husband, “When I write about love, I write about you.”

SJPL_MeganH Aug 30, 2019

Really had mixed feelings about this one at first, and my rating swerved between 2 stars to 3 stars through most of it. At sometimes I felt very cool about the characters being overly petty (many eye rolls were had), at other times I was cheering them on. I didn't find Daisy and Billy to be the most compelling characters for most of it, and wished there was deeper development for the other characters besides some small side plots.

The final few chapters of the book however was what swung me over to really enjoying it, with some interesting storytelling tricks that succeeded in making me root for everyone, even Daisy and Billy, by the end.

DPLSaraQT Aug 21, 2019

This book. I don't think this book should be experienced in any format other than the audiobook version. Each character was read by a different actor and WOW. It was SO good. They were laughing, sighing, crying, smirking and making this a book full of real people.

But what really kills me is that I will never hear the album Aurora by the band Daisy Jones and the Six because it doesn't exist and I haven't wanted so badly for a book to be real since I finished the first Harry Potter years and years ago. The way the songs are described and the teaser of the lyrics leaves me wanting so much more.

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arichard91
Aug 14, 2019

This book was an entertaining story of a fictional rock band told in interview format. The book is written where each character is narrating the band's history, and their experiences as they remember them, years after they have disbanded. The style reminds me of the TV show "Behind the Music." It's a fun read; I liked the multiple perspectives and contradicting stories.

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Readerthensome
Aug 14, 2019

2019-08-14: Had to return, read about 1/3 of book.

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JANMAYS
Aug 03, 2019

DNF - about a band group, not interesting to me

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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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