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Daisy Jones And The Six: Signed Hardcover – Import, Jan. 1 2019
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- Publisher : Hutchinson; 1st edition (Jan. 1 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1524798622
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524798628
- Item weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 3.56 x 24.38 cm
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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.