A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they 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.
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.
Let me just start by recommending that this book be listened to instead of read. The audiobook producers cast a different voice for each character, and so it was like the characters were collectively telling you their story. Just this new reading experience made the book a winner for me.
As far as the actual content of the book, Taylor did an amazing job with her characterization. They were so well crafted that they felt more like actual people than fictional characters. No one was unrealistically perfect or evil. I also loved that the book was written from all of the main characters’ perspectives. It wasn’t just the top two or three, it was literally all of them (plus one or two minor characters). It really added to the conversational/interview tone that made this book stand out.
It was also really interesting to read a book set in the 1960s-1970s. This was such an iconic era, especially in the music industry, and Taylor embraced it. The downside of this is that a lot of characters did things that they shouldn’t have been doing (i.e. drugs, binge drinking, sleeping around, etc.), but you couldn’t really have a book about a band in that time period without these things.
Overall, as long as you look at the more questionable content as representative of the times, it was a very well written book that is worth a read.