Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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Daisy Jones and The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Hutchinson
Publication Date: 7th March 2019
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository | Wordery

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn't believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

I feel like this book has followed me around for the past month. Popping up in my Instagram feed. Recommended to me on Audible. Talked about by bookish friends. Usually all signs that I should avoid like the plague. It is very rare that I enjoy a book that is getting a lot of hype and attention, but I did really rather enjoy this one.

Daisy Jones and The Six is a talking heads, tell-all documentary style story about Daisy Jones and her collaboration with the band The Six. It is reminiscent of Almost Famous in its setting and of Fleetwood Mac in its stories of the bands revelations and troubles.

I listened to the audio, which is narrated by a full cast, including Pablo Schreiber (who I love!) as Billy Dunne, the lead signer of The Six. The story is quite generic - troubled rock band who struggle with alcoholism, drug addiction, failed inter-band relationships, groupies, affairs, culminating in the bands split at the height of their popularity. It certainly isn't anything new, but the audiobook made for a refreshing listen. I zipped through it in just a few days. The tempo only wavering ever so slightly in the middle when the band are arguing over album tracks, rifts and the like.

I've read a number of reviews that didn't like the oral history, transcript format used in Daisy Jones and The Six and I can appreciate this. I never get on very well with epistolary novels for the same reasons that people are taking issue with this book. It's very hard to portray characters with any real depth using this format. It's quite difficult to give each character a distinct voice too. All completely unnoticeable listening to the audio, as the full cast naturally lends itself to giving each character their own voice.

In summary, I enjoyed the listening experience of Daisy Jones and The Six a lot, even if the plot is rather generic and lacking any real tension. I'm certainly intrigued to try other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Reese Witherspoon is set to produce a TV series adaptation of the book for Amazon and with that a whole album of original music, which I am very excited for.

Verdict: Story - 3/5
Writing - 3/5
Character - 3/5
Memorability - 3/5
Enjoyment - 4/5
Overall - 3.2/5

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