THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'I do not want this book to end. Each time I open it I get lost in another world.' FEARNE COTTON
'I LOVE it . . . I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so fun' DOLLY ALDERTON
They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.
But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.
There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.
There was Camila, the frontman's wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode - and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy.
There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn't ready for her.
And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames.
It's never just about the music...
'Brace for 2019's first pop-culture sensation . . . we're not exaggerating . . . new obsession, incoming' TELEGRAPH
'Utterly believable . . . fantastically enjoyable' THE TIMES
'Pitch perfect' SUNDAY TIMES
'Reads like an addictive Netflix documentary meets A Star Is Born - despite being utterly fictional. It's also a call-to-arms that when you find your niche, don't doubt, embrace it.' EMERALD STREET
'The verdict: Daisy Jones steals the limelight... A zeitgeist book for 2019' STYLIST
'Well observed, sensitively told . . . a great read.' WILL GOMPERTZ, BBC
'A tremendously engaging, and completely believable tale of rock and roll excess... inventive, persuasive and completely satisfying.' DYLAN JONES
'I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon.' ERIN KELLY
'DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel - at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era. You'll never want it to end.' CECELIA AHERN
'Once in a blue moon you get to discover a book you end up pressing upon many other people to read. Taylor Jenkins Reid has got every nuance, every detail exact and right. I loved every word.' PAUL REES
'So brilliantly written I thought all the characters were real . . . I couldn't put it down' EDITH BOWMAN
'Explosive . . . a gorgeous novel and a ravishing read.' CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? You bet, but it's Daisy's refusal to become a mere muse that powers this buzzy music-industry romance.' HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON, MAIL ON SUNDAY
'The characters leap off the page, seducing you with their dramas, and making you wish the band was real.' HEAT
'The heady haze of the 70s music scene, and a perfectly flawed Daisy, combine to create a fresh, rock n roll read. I loved it.' ALI LAND, author of Good Me Bad Me
- ISBN10 1786331500
- ISBN13 9781786331502
- Publish Date 7 March 2019 (first published 5 March 2019)
- Publish Status Out of Print
- Out of Print 29 March 2021
- Publish Country GB
- Publisher Cornerstone
- Imprint Hutchinson
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 368
- Language English
I bought the book when it came out and I’ve been waiting for that moment when it was the right time to read it. I have heard all the praise, I did a bit of googling and I heard the best way to enjoy the book is by listening to the audiobook.
That audiobook! It’s pure genius and ecstasy to the ears!
You know the story, it’s a band in the 70s who have made it huge and they are telling the story, as they remember it, to what led them to their last ever gig in 1979. This is just immense.
Everything about the narration was spot on. I felt like they were real people being interviewed and everything they said sounded off the cuff and not that they were reading a book. The minutes where they had to add the laughter, the emotion, angry and then the moments where they struggled to speak, too choked up with emotion. My god, it got me and it broke me. The woman who played Daisy, my god her voice, it was perfection.
I didn’t want anyone to interrupt me when I was listening. I lost myself in that book, I was living the dream with the band. Everyone had their own demons, issues and quirks.
Daisy and Billy were battling demons, ones you knew were very real in that era. Making some poor life decisions as they try to muddle through. Daisy, yes she could be a bit of brat at times, but she was young, too young when exposed to the life but she grew up knowing her mind and what she wanted. Billy, he isn’t like the other men, well he is at the beginning but he met his love and he fought everything to keep hold of it. Yeah, he is a pain in the band, wants things his way but I admired him. Pair him and Daisy and the talent is off the wall but could also be explosive! Eddie, he was such an angry member of the band. Graham, Billy’s brother, struggles to understand a situation he does not want to be in. Karen, she was a woman, she knew her own mind and the rest of the supporting cast was superb. Camille, however, she just stole the show in her bits. She was a woman I could only dream of being like, such a beautiful soul. These were the main voices you hear, they told the story. I did love how everyone remembered things slightly different from each other. Like how they got their band name, what the lyrics mean in a song.
There were 2 endings I wanted but the one we got, well it was perfect. Made me sob. I had to go and sit in a room on my own for a few minutes to compose myself! Crazy I know but that’s how much the book affected me. I have a serious book hangover from this book, even once I have finished this review and my mind has cleared. I still won’t be over this book, no way.
Durch die #NetGalleyDEChallenge2020 kam ich zu meinem Rezensionsexemplar von Daisy Jones & The Six von der Autorin Taylor Jenkins Reid und dann kam der liebe Nico aus dem Buchwinkel auf mich zu und fragte, ob wir nicht einen Buddy Read machen wollen. Gesagt, getan! Und wir beide hatten richtig viel Spaß mit dem Buch.
Billy: […] Daisy war ein Naturtalent. Wenn man gegen jemanden wie Daisy antritt, dann … Ja, das nervt. Aber wenn sie in deinem Team spielt … Wow! Ein echtes Kraftwerk.
- 'Daisy Jones & The Six' von Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rezension | Daisy Jones & The Six
Ich hatte bereits vor Daisy Jones & The Six diverse Biographien verschiedener Bands und Musiker gelesen. Doch diese Musiklegenden waren nie fiktiv, ergo war dieses Buch schon neues Terrain für mich. Der Interviewstil des Buches war daher nichts Ungewöhnliches für mich, doch anfangs hatte ich ein paar Schwierigkeiten die Bandmitglieder auseinander zu halten. Warum? Ganz einfach, bei realen Bands hat man immer ein Gesicht zum Namen der jeweiligen Musiker:Innen und da es sich bei Daisy Jones & The Six um eine fiktive Band handelt, war es eben nicht so leicht die Leute auseinander zu halten.
Das Nachtleben in Los Angeles
Die 70er Jahre müssen party-mäßig, wenn wir vom Drogenkonsum mal absehen, der Hammer auf dem Sunset Strip gewesen sein. Ich weiß nicht, wie oft ich schon vom Whisky a Go Go oder Rainbow Bar & Grill in realen Biographien gelesen habe. Aber jedes Mal weckten sie ein inneres Verlangen in mir, dass ich mir diese Locations irgendwann noch einmal ansehen muss und ich kann fühlen, dass ich mir diesen Traum auch definitiv erfüllen werde. Natürlich in der Hoffnung, dass diese dann auch noch existent sind.
Passend zur damaligen Zeit hat natürlich auch Daisy Jones ihre Jugend auf dem Sunset Strip verbracht. Die real getreue Darstellung, wie es damals war, hat mich anfangs und das gesamte Buch über, immer wieder glauben lassen, dass ich von echten Personen lesen. Damit hat die Autorin eine meisterhafte Arbeit hingelegt.
Daisy: […] Man brauch jemanden in seinem Leben, von dem man weiß, dass er einen niemals in die falsche Richtung lenken wird. Man muss nicht immer mit ihm einer Meinung sein. Hin und wieder kann dieser Jemand einem auch das Herz brechen. Aber man braucht mindestens eine solche Person, die einem immer die Wahrheit sagen wird. […]
- 'Daisy Jones & The Six' von Taylor Jenkins Reid
Das Bandleben und alles was dazu gehört
Alles, und ich meine wirklich alles, ist an dieser Story stimmig. Die unterschiedlichen Charaktere zeigen deutlich auf, dass Genie und Wahnsinn (wenn auch teils beeinflusst durch Drogen- und Alkoholkonsum) wirklich nahe beieinander liegen. Auch bei Daisy und Billy ist das nicht anders. Denn hier treffen zwei sehr talentierte Künstler aufeinander, die nicht mit, aber auch nicht ohne einander können. Diese Konstellation macht die gesamte Zweckbeziehung und die Intensität der Band aus, auch wenn man die restlichen Bandmitglieder nicht vergessen darf.
Denn alle haben irgendwie ihren Anteil, zum Erfolg und späteren Scheitern der Band, beigetragen. Sei es die Hassliebe zwischen Daisy und Billy, die Affäre zwischen Graham und Karen, die Gemütlichkeit von Warren und Pete oder der Egotrip von Eddie. All diese Beziehungen wirken so schlüssig und überzeugend, als ob ich direkt mit der Band überall unterwegs war. Die beschriebenen Gefühle und inneren Kämpfe, die alle Mitglieder, inklusive des Managers und Produzenten, zur Aussage gebracht haben, konnte ich nachempfinden.
Die künstlerischen Energien und Differenzen stehlen sich mit einer Dynamik ins Herz, dass mir fast schwindelig wurde. Ist es das Gefühl von Ruhm?
Billy: […] Alles, wofür Daisy brannte, dafür habe ich auch gebrannt. Alles, was ich an der Welt geliebt habe, hat auch Daisy an der Welt geliebt. Alles, womit ich zu kämpfen hatte, dagegen hat Daisy auch zu kämpfen. Wir waren zwei Hälften. Wir waren dieselbe Person. So wie einem das mit nur sehr wenigen anderen Menschen geht. Dass man gar nicht das Gefühl hat, seine Gedanken äußern zu müssen, weil man weiß, dass der andere sie längst denkt. Wie hätte ich mich im Umkreis von Daisy Jones aufhalten und nicht vollkommen fasziniert von ihr sein können? Mich nicht in sie verlieben? Das konnte ich nicht. […]
- 'Daisy Jones & The Six' von Taylor Jenkins Reid
Diese fiktive Bandbiografie kommt mit erschütternder Ehrlichkeit über Musik und Drogenkonsum, Liebe und Hass, um die Ecke und sie erwischt einen mit voller Breitseite. Ich konnte Daisy Jones & The Six nicht mehr aus der Hand legen. Eine klare Leseempfehlung kann ich hier nur aussprechen.
This is a situation where if I had read the book in text form, it would probably be 4-stars, but the audiobook production really pushes it over to 5-star territory. This is the story of a band called The Six, lead by Billy Dunne, and Daisy Jones, the talented but chaotic young woman who helps push the band to super-stardom. The story covers the beginnings of the band and of Daisy's career and goes through the break-up of the band a few years later. You get the points of view of Daisy and most of the band, as well as some peripheral characters, so you get to see the same situations from different angles. There's a lot of drug use and arguments and relationship strife, both romantic and otherwise, but there's also a lot here about art and making art and how people come together to make something beautiful and successful, sometimes in spite of themselves.
It's a multi-actor cast, which is helpful and adds a lot of character to the story. By halfway through I could generally tell who was talking just by the voice, but I did tend to get Warren and Graham confused. "Karen" is performed by Judy Greer, which is an absolute treat.
There is just one major problem with the audiobook. I WANT TO HEAR THE MUSIC! I really wish this album really existed so I could hear it. But it looks like Amazon is making a series out of this, and I will definitely be watching.
When you read a book or listen, in this case, that's outside of your genre and it absolutely blows you away?! That's exactly what happened with Daisy Jones & The Six. I did not expect to like this one at all, but I loved every single minute of this audiobook.
I am so glad that I dove in and listened to the audio instead of reading. I'm a romance lover through and through, and I truly didn't think I would have enjoyed this if I chose to listen to the audio.
This story was absolutely everything, the author did a phenomenal job weaving Daisy and the band The Six's story all into one. With a full cast on the audiobook, you can't help but just be so enthralled with every character's story. The band history that Taylor Jenkins Reid comes up with for this book is absolutely insane and it constantly made me question if this was actually a true story. All the Stevie Nicks vibes and was like can it be? Nope, it's all fiction and that just makes TJR a mastermind in this genre.
To me, this story was absolutely memorable, it's just one of those that'll stick with you forever. I can't say that I loved these characters, but every single one of them had something to bring to the story. Highly recommend the audiobook for anyone that's been on the fence.CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW | HERE
I especially loved the character of Karen and her strength to live her life as she wants to, not for anyone else or the expectations of society. I saw a lot of myself in her and that part of womanhood being... almost celebrated, is important.
Content warnings: alcohol and drug abuse (like, every drug imaginable), alcoholism and recovery, cheating
That being said, I really did enjoy this book. The characters were so well developed, the storyline was believable and perfectly paced, and though I was a little worried about the format, I quickly embraced it. It worked so well for the story.
The storyline was so believable that it was hard at times to remember that this was a fictional band. This is a book that I hope gets turned into a movie just so I can get my hands on a copy of the soundtrack. I wanted to hear these songs so badly, and while I was glad that the lyrics to all of them were included at the back of the book, hearing them would have been so much better!
Told through interview transcripts, Daisy Jones & the Six reveals the story of The Six's rise to fame after Daisy Jones joins the band and the subsequent problems that they all face. Weaving in between individual relationships within the band, and the relationship of the band as a whole, each character's story is so fleshed out that, again, it's hard to believe that this isn't a true story.
In short, I would highly recommend this book if you're a fan of well-told stories, interesting book formats, and '70s rock bands.
( Sept. 2020—just found myself thinking about this again and I think I was just afraid to go into the “under 3 star” territory. I feel awful for some reason, but this is my honest star rating after thinking deeply about it.
I wanted to put a bit about the style of this book. I was not a fan of it, and by the middle of the book I felt like I was just pushing thorough some sections to get to get to the next part. This was a mere case of the style of this book didn't work for me, but I could not see this story being told any other way. The style didn't take away from my enjoyment of the plot or the characters.
This was a story that was drama on top of drama on top of more drama. For a story about a band I was expecting nothing less, so I knew going it that it would probably have a lot of drama found in it. Yes, the plot is dramatic but it's also a real story about what needs to be told about the music business. This was the highs and lows of band just as any band would have highs and lows. There is a twist near the end of the book that I was not expecting, but having seen the same thing in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I should have seen it coming.
These characters had so much going on in their lives, I thought they could all use a vacation. The characters are dramatic and I was very much here for the drama in them. I enjoyed the story that these characters told.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a new favorite author of mine and it is because of the way that she writes her stories. Her books are a delight to read and I will definitely be reading more from her. The main thing I love about Taylor's writing is that she writes about these celebrities but they are real and they are relatable.
The pace of this story was excellent. The moments when the band was performing were fast paced as they should have been because it was a concert. The other moments were slow and dramatic just as they should have been because of how much was happening in the story.
This format isn't for me, unfortunately.