Daisy Jones and the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you like stories about bands in the 60s and 70s, I think you will like this novel. The author was inspired by the band Fleetwood Mac and the relationships between its members, and her character Daisy Jones closely resembles Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac. In this case, I’m lucky to be old enough to remember music from this era and get the feel of these times as they relate to my less wild suburban high school teenage years.
The book is written in interview format and explains Daisy’s beginning as a drug-fueled groupie hanging out with bands in southern California and the rise of Reid’s fictional band, The Six. Daisy is soon discovered as a beautiful and talented signer and songwriter with a distinctive voice, and eventually joins them.
The interviews give the reader a wide perspective of the power struggles and jealousies between front man Billy Dunne and other members, particularly with Eddie Loving, who plays rhythm guitar. Each member battles private struggles as well. Billy fights addiction and wants to be faithful to his wife, Camilla and temptations are unending. Daisy has pockets full of pills and will take whatever it takes to numb her. Drummer Warren Jones often does his own thing, making you question his commitment. Other members, including Billy’s younger brother, Graham, want an equal say in the group’s decisions. Bassist Pete Loving, Eddie’s brother, is thinking he might want a normal life. The band’s keyboardist, Karen, wants to be noticed for her impressive talent, not her looks.
But it’s not just about the logistics of the band’s rise and these struggles. It’s mainly about the undeniable attraction between Billy and Daisy, as well as their alternating creative friction and collaboration. When everything aligns, the intensity is mesmerizing. Should Billy sacrifice his always supportive wife for Daisy? The story is cleverly told, and integrates a fictional album, complete with lyrics, into the account. The secret of who is recording all these interviews is not revealed until the finish, which ties up many other loose ends.
I think the author does a great job explaining how the band takes off and how the creative process works, from songwriting to recording, mixing, producing and marketing the final product, which in this case became one of the greatest albums of the time.
Daisy Jones and the Six is a fast read and has a little bit of everything about this period of music. I recommend it to readers who like stories about music, bands and their creative personalities.
Have you read Daisy Jones? What did you think?
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I also know the band, Fleetwood Mac, Barbara, but I don’t recall the band members very well. I know I have enjoyed some of their music. This sounds like an interesting book about this era.
Hi Robbie, yes it was very interesting to me. I was really into bands from this era during my younger days! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I have been off WordPress for about a week, but now I have some time off and hope to catch up with everyone’s blogs. I hope you had a nice Christmas.
I loved this book!
I think this is one book that lives up to the hype. I’m glad I finally got to read it. I’m not sure how I squeezed a book into Christmas week, but I did! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Maria. Hope you are reading something good!
This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing with us. Hope you had an excellent Christmas, dear friend. X
Hi Charley, yes I enjoyed the book and the holiday very much. I hope you had a great Christmas too! I was very busy for about a week, but now I have some days off and it’s time to relax! Happy New Year 🙂
Thank you again. I’ve added it to my ever ending list of things to read. I’m glad it’s been lovely for you. I too have had a lovely break. Still can’t quite switch off from work though. Happy New Year xx
Oh, yes. I know how that is!
I’m of that age too, Barbara. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the review.
Hi Jill – I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure how accurate it is as it relates to Fleetwood Mac, but since it’s fiction first, I don’t think it matters. I remember there being a lot of drama between band members and two of them were married. I think the author developed her own story based on the idea. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been off WordPress and Twitter for the holidays but I finally have some “me” time. Hope you are doing well!
I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book. The individual voices of the characters were magnificent. I loved the structure of this book with some chapters being sometimes as little as one sentence. Loved this book.
Hi Chris, that’s great that the audio version was also excellent. I enjoyed the story very much. I had my eye on it for a long time and I’m so glad I finally got to it. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting – and Happy New Year 🎉🎉🎉
I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while! After reading your review I’m pushing it to the top of my list.
Great review!!! Happy Holidays ❤
Hi Dee – oh that’s great – I hope you like it as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by and commenting – hope you are enjoying the holidays too!
Great review! I loved this book as well, and I”m thinking about going back and listening to the audiobook. It made me sad that this wasn’t a real band — I wish the book came with a soundtrack so we could hear all the music!
I know – I liked the lyrics of the fictional album’s songs. I thought the author did a great job with them. And even though it was inspired by Fleetwood Mac, I felt like The Six were their own band. And I don’t think Stevie Nicks had a lonely childhood like Daisy did. I would definitely like to hear the music. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa 🙂
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