Hutchinson 7th March 2019
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 12th July, 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, on to the stage at the Whisky, the band 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.
Oh my! What to say about Daisy Jones & the Six? I loved it! Absolutely loved it! From the very first page I was hooked. Written in a transcript format of the band members and others closely involved with the band talking about that time, some 40 years later. Very clever because the writing truly brings the characters to life, the story is intelligently written with the different personalities offering their own individual takes on the same situation. The story is told chronologically from the band’s formation and beginnings to the abrupt and previously unexplained end.
For me this book could have been a ‘real’ rock band biography, the writing felt very authentic, the characters 3 dimensional and I was very invested in the story. Set in the 70s the author captured the vibe of the time perfectly. Initially I had to check back to clarify who some of the periphery cast were and while that was fine I would have appreciated a ‘cast list’ at the front to help me keep track.
I was impressed with the personalities of the characters, engaging and mostly likeable but all flawed. This was written as a true, no holds barred account of a band on the rise, with the indulgence and the excesses plus the tensions and struggles all wrapped up in this brilliant fictional account of the band known as Daisy Jones & The Six.
An original piece of fiction that part of me wanted to be true. A book I truly enjoyed, because it was original and engaging in it’s format, which made the story of the band compelling. The strong characters impressed me with their strength and honesty throughout. Yes, I know it was only fiction!
A quick comment on the book – I read the Goldsboro Book of the Month edition, signed and numbered with stunning and apt purple pages. The book is perfect in appearance for the story within it’s pages.
Definitely a recommendation from me.
The March 2019 pick up for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club