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Daisy Jones & the Six Paperback – Jan. 23 2020
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"Stylish and propulsive . . . this is easily [Reid's] most sophisticated and ambitious novel. . . . [Daisy Jones & The Six is] a way to love the rock 'n' roll of the 1970s, without apology, without cynicism, bell-bottoms and all." —The New York Times
"Daisy Jones & The Six is just plain fun from cover to cover. . . . Her characters feel so vividly real, you'll wish you could stream their albums, YouTube their concerts and google their wildest moments to see them for yourself." —HelloGiggles
"A work of fiction so steeped in the long-vanished world of 1970s canyon rock, you can almost smell the eucalyptus and the quaaludes." —Entertainment Weekly
"Reid's wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year." —Nylon
"Novels about rock stars rarely work for a simple reason. You are reading a fantasy about a fantasy. . . . Taylor Jenkins Reid, however, has succeeded in creating an utterly believable tale of a band. By the end of Daisy Jones & the Six you want to go and listen to all the mellow classics by the 1970s soft-rock band of the title, which is difficult because they don't exist." —The Times (UK)
"[A] juicy tell-all-style page-turner." —Bustle
"Evocative . . . brilliant." —Romper
"Prepare to fall for Taylor Jenkins Reid's newest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six." —PopSugar
"Reid's novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they're listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl." —Booklist, starred review
"Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs and rock 'n'roll in the 1960s and '70s in this expertly wrought novel. . . . Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book's prose is propulsive, original and often raw. . . . Reid's gift for creating imperfect characters and taut plots courses throughout this addictive novel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Daisy Jones & The Six works. It's big dumb fun. Like a vat of movie popcorn saturated in butter-flavored topping, you inhale the thing against all better judgment." —The Washington Post
"In this era with so much content and stimuli, where we're on the internet while watching TV, what's great about this book is it draws you in, drowns out the noise and you're just focusing on Daisy, Billy and their story." —Associated Press
"Are you looking for an immersive trip back in time to the rock 'n roll of the 70s? Well friends, THIS IS IT. Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel, Daisy Jones & The Six, is unique, captivating and filled with characters that'll stay with you weeks after you've turned the last page. . . . This story is filled with twists and turns you won't see coming, many variations of what it means to love and how to make a badass record. Jenkins Reid's ability to tap into so many different characters within one novel is a real testament to her skill. Simply, add Daisy Jones to your to-read list immediately—you won't be disappointed." —BuzzFeed
"The band and the era are so fully realized you'll think you're reading a true story." —Real Simple
"The characters are well drawn, idiosyncratic and believable. . . . A well observed, sensitively told love story. Not a simple tale of lost and found or found and lost. But a messier exploration of what love is, what it costs and how a life lived without it, looks. . . . A great read." —BBC
"I now want to binge on the entire band's back catalogue. . . . It is an evocative page turner, dripping with the glamour and the excess of a period when bands like Fleetwood Mac were channelling their personal frustrations, sexual tensions and aggressions into global domination. . . . It also has plenty to say that is relevant today about women's lives, strength and ambitions; art; addiction; love; infidelity, and the choices we make around motherhood and relationships." —The Irish Times
"The way Jenkins Reid tells the story via oral history will make you wish that somehow, some way the group could come together in real life." —Marie Claire
"Taylor Jenkins Reid is a stunning writer whose characters are unforgettable and whose stories are deeply emotional. Her new book is her most gripping yet." —Emily Giffin
"Reid's writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction." —Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost
"From the very first page you know this book is something special. Taylor Jenkins Reid brings insight and poetry to a story that's utterly unique and deeply authentic, one that transports you to world of seventies rock—with all its genius and temptation and creativity—so completely it feels like you're there." —Katherine Center, author of How to Walk Away
"Raw, emotive, and addictively voyeuristic, Daisy Jones & The Six is imbued with the same anguished heart that fuels the very best rock 'n' roll. Like my favorite albums, this book will live with me for a very long time." —Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus
"An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy . . . although the real power of this delicious novel is at its tender beating heart. It's an anthem and a ballad and a marvel." —Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple
About the Author
- Publisher : Random House of Canada (Jan. 23 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385692196
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385692199
- Item weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.03 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The brooding Billy Dunne and his younger brother, Graham, recruit four acquaintances to form a rock band called The Six. Billy is the lead singer and songwriter. His charismatic stage presence and their first album makes him recognizable and famous. Daisy Jones is under contract with the same record company. They find her difficult to work with and want her to record cover songs with her distinctive voice. Daisy is a spoiled rich girl who is struggling to record her own songs which she wrote, is self-absorbed and feels she is entitled to fame without the hard work that it entails. The record company insists that she make a record with Billy Dunne who resents being pushed to share his musical fame and creative process with anyone. The songs and voice that Daisy adds to the next album by The Six lands them at the top of the rock/pop charts.
The story focuses on how a music band consisting of both male and female members can develop problems involving sexual tension, cheating, affairs and jealousy. There are also inevitable problems of clashing egos among the groups’ star performers, and the growing dismay among other people in the group who feel marginalized and irrelevant in the creative process. This reminds me of bits of stories about Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas and the Papas earlier. Like many rock bands of the era, Daisy Jones and The Six live the rock and roll lifestyle of promiscuity, groupies, alcohol, drug addiction and resentments which interferes with their creativity and threaten their success. What will lead to the groups’ downfall?
The lyrics of their most memorable hit songs, which put them at the top of the 1970s charts, are included at the end of the book. I hope to hear them sung in the upcoming TV series, as I feel these fictional songs would have been big hits in the past.
It was so well written and full of emotion you could almost hear the songs as you are reading about them….the worst part though, is that the songs aren’t real and you can’t just pull them up on Spotify and listen. Not yet anyway, I don’t think it will be long before this hits the screen and I don’t doubt the soundtrack will make some waves.
I can not wait to see the album cover!
I thought I might struggle with the writing style but I flew through the pages and could NOT put it down, finishing it all in one day! My favourite read so far for 2019!
I suppose there was a climax, but it was.... meh. Almost predictable, bit dry.
Good for a beach day read, or something to pass the time, but nothing I could ever get invested in. Took me a while to finish.
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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.
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!
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.