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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Historical fiction

Daisy Jones & The Six

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Drugs, sex, and rock 'n’ roll, from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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Synopsis

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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Daisy Jones & The Six

The Groupie Daisy Jones

1965–1972

Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. The daughter of Frank Jones, the well-known British painter, and Jeanne LeFevre, a French model, Daisy started to make a name for herself in the late sixties as a young teenager on the Sunset Strip.

Elaine Chang (biographer, author of Daisy Jones: Wild Flower): Here is what is so captivating about Daisy Jones even before she was “Daisy Jones.”

You’ve got a rich white girl, growing up in L.A. She’s gorgeous—even as a child. She has these stunning big blue eyes—dark, cobalt blue. One of my favorite anecdotes about her is that in the eighties a colored-contact company actually created a shade called Daisy Blue. She’s got copper-red hair that is thick and wavy and . . . takes up so much space. And then her cheekbones almost seem swollen, that’s how defined they are. And she’s got an incredible voice that she doesn’t cultivate, never takes a lesson. She’s born with all the money in the world, access to whatever she wants—artists, drugs, clubs—anything and everything at her disposal.

But she has no one. No siblings, no extended family in Los An¬geles. Two parents who are so into their own world that they are all but indifferent to her existence. Although, they never shy away from making her pose for their artist friends. That’s why there are so many paintings and photos of Daisy as a child—the artists that came into that home saw Daisy Jones, saw how gorgeous she was, and wanted to capture her. It’s telling that there is no Frank Jones piece of Daisy. Her father is too busy with his male nudes to pay much attention to his daughter. And in general, Daisy spends her childhood rather alone.

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Why I love it

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.

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Member ratings (62,780)

  • Samantha C.

    Oak Harbor, OH

    AMAZING. Just absolutely amazing! Such a heartbreaking and touching story written in such a unique way. I don’t know what took me so long to pick this one up off the shelf. Without a doubt—⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Taylor A.

    Monument, CO

    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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Dani M.

    Kennesaw, 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.

  • Danielle T.

    Plainville, MA

    Magic. I loved the documentary style of the book and how I didn’t see the hero in this book coming. It held up to the hype and then it gave the reader so much more. Perfection, in every way.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Leah S.

    Califon, NJ

    So easy to visualize. It felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading. To be so engrossed in the story and not be aware of the pages beneath your fingers-that’s hard to accomplish. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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