Drugs, sex, and rock 'n’ roll, from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
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Author, How to Walk Away
My favorite reads pull me in so completely, the story just blooms in my mind, and I forget I’m even reading at all. Daisy Jones & The Six is one of those books you can just get lost in. Just as she conjured the glitz and glam of mid-century Hollywood in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid has recreated the world of '70s-era rock 'n’ roll so vividly that you feel like you’re there.
The book opens with a question no one knows the answer to: Why did Daisy Jones & The Six, a (fictional) group with the charisma of Fleetwood Mac and the artistry of Joni Mitchell, break up at the height of their popularity? Told in a series of interviews (the book is made up entirely of dialogue from the members of the band and their inner circle), Daisy Jones gives you a backstage view of the epic rise, and agonizing fall, of one beloved rock band. Through the lyrics, the petty squabbles, and the long tours, you learn how they found their magic, and why, eventually, they had to let it go.
Daisy Jones reads like a delicious, long-form Rolling Stone exclusive that you can’t make yourself stop reading. I always think the best stories pull us out of ourselves and draw us deeper in at the same time, and this book reconnected me with some long-forgotten part of myself. Even now, it feels like some other me read it in some distant decade—on a lazy, sepia-toned afternoon, a turntable spinning nearby, blissfully following these glamorous, passionate, troubled, extraordinary lives.
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.
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Waxahachie , TX
The twist at the end, while a total surprise, wasn’t necessary to make this book compelling. I fell in love with each character and I was somehow able to identify with all of their stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Marietta , GA
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The love story in this book is amazing! My hearts breaks and is happy for everyone and no one all at the same time. Like Rob Burgandy, I am left feeling like I’m in a glass case of emotion.
Westminster , CO
This book is amazing! I totally understand why it was the book of the year for 2019. I was skeptical at first the way it was written, but I’m blown away by what a great read this is! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ve never read anything like this book. It’s unique. It’s funny. It’s heartwarming. It’s honest. I’ve recommended it to so many friends and they’ve loved it. Pick this book, you won’t regret it.
New York, NY
Already know this is my 2020 No. 1. I’ve always been fascinated with the groupies & sex, drugs & rock ’n’ roll of the ’70s, and this is like the juiciest, most fascinating “Behind the Music” ep ever!
Hickory Hills, IL
There’s only one aspect of the book I don’t like, but it’s an integral part, so I won’t mention it. You’ll have to judge for yourself. But this book is a work of art - both in literary & musical terms
Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The way it’s written makes the characters seem so real. And while I’m not a rock star and don’t do drugs, I think we can all relate to the feelings happening.
It took a litte bit to get into the writing format for this book, but once I got into the book I flew through it. Such a great and fun story. I loved the characters and all of the struggles they went through
It took a while to get into the format of this book. I’ve never read anything like it before! Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down! Love, sex and rock n roll,like you’ve never seen before! 10/10
Springfield , MO
Though it takes time to get used to the narration style, it’s just one of the many elements that makes this book truly unique. If you like coming of age stories, music, the style of ‘60s/70s— read it!
Oak Lawn, IL
I didn’t think I would like the “script” format, but I loved it! I actually thought this was nonfiction until I asked about it. The characters seem incredibly REAL, especially to readers over 30 or so
Who doesn’t love sex, drugs, & rock’n’roll?! This book was very well done, I found myself desperating wanting these characters & this story to be real. Reid did a great job of bringing it all to life.
I loved this book! Well written, funny, and interesting. Only one thing I didn’t like— As someone who’s been exposed to the music biz my whole life, I do think Eddie is a crybaby. Other than that 5/5.
5⭐️!I loved this book! I can see why this was the book of the year! The sexual tension between Billy & Daisy, the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 70’s were hypnotizing and made this on my top 10!
Bay Shore, NY
Obsessed obsessed obsessed. I haven’t been in love with a book like this in so long and it’s such a great feeling. The book is so worth the hype it’s getting. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
It’s funny, I started this book and thought... eh not that great. But then I couldn’t put it down. Couldn’t sleep. Because as the book states, the best kind of art is when we see ourselves in it.
Hoffman Estates, IL
I didn’t think I would like this but it wound up being one of my fav books of the year. Loved the “Spinal Tap”-esque style & a fairly accurate picture of how bizarre the entertainment world really is
White Plains, NY
Loved it! I wasn’t invested until the second half but there’s so much substance in this novel. It’s about love, addiction, fame, and family. I wish their songs were real! Waiting for the tv series :)
I don’t know how Taylor Jenkins Reid does it. But I can see this album cover in my hands, I can hear the music. I’m so sad it isn’t real life. This book was like reading a band interview, but better.
West Monroe, LA
I left it sitting on my shelf for four months! I didn't want to read it because I'm normally disappointed about books that are "hyped up", but I started, and finished, in four hours! Could not put it down!