Thursday 11 April 2019

Book ~ "Daisy Jones & The Six" (2019) Taylor Jenkins Reid

From Goodreads ~ Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their 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.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band 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 that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

Daisy Jones was a young groupie in the late 1960s and living the life of drugs, booze and sex.  She had everything she wanted including money and freedom and her parents seemed more caught up in their lives than hers.  When she is about twenty, she records a record that is a big hit.

During this time, Billy Dunne and his brother, Graham, have started a band called the Dunne Brothers, eventually renamed The Six.  They are also on the rise.  Billy has been dating Camila and she moves with him to L.A. when the band relocates.  The band starts to draw attention and head out on tour.  Camila discovers she is pregnant and though Billy loves her and marries her, the fear of being a good dad gets to him and he gets wild on the road with booze, drugs and women.  Camila eventually makes him make a choice ... clean up or he loses his family.

A producer suggests that Daisy and The Six get together to record a record for even greater success.  They do and they become Daisy Jones & The Six.  While Billy struggles with sobriety, Daisy is out of control on drugs and booze, yet there is a creative spark between them.  Their record and popularity explodes and they have to deal with this on the road.

This book is the story of how Daisy & The Six came to be, their internal struggles, their tours and the eventual break-up of the band.

I liked it this book.  I found the writing style interesting and it worked for me.  It is the compilation of interviews the "author" had done in researching for the story of the band.  The book is laid out in chronological order of events and is told in chunks from interviews with the band members, Camila, the producer and even a hotel concierge.  This worked for me as I got the different points of view of the events from different perspectives.  For example, at times Billy thought everything was great whereas band member, Eddie, was extremely pissed off at the same situation.  As a head's up, there is swearing and drug use and drinking.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

It was a fun read.