Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Copyright 2019, Ballantine Books (355 pages, $26.99).
The 1970s was a great era for music. The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Queen, to name a few, lived the rock and roll lifestyle – an “authentic rock life” – amongst the sex, drugs, and fans. Taylor Jenkins Reid explores this era by creating a faux-biography of collected interviews with the fictional band, Daisy Jones & the Six. This piece of fiction is written like a collection of interviews from band members, close friends, and managers to show the perks and pitfalls of fame for the band and how that effects their relationship with each other, their family, and their fans. We understand, as the reader, that this faux-biography was written to show us how the band, and each member, rose to fame and then suddenly, how the group broke apart.
This all came about when Reid was inspired by the connection between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and how real-life romances make it into the music. We, as an audience, don’t always know what is going on behind the scenes. Reid wanted to explore that with Daisy Jones & the Six, and how the line between performance and real life can get blurred (Source: Hello Sunshine).
What a different type of book this is to read! It’s exciting and cinematic. The way that the darker themes of addiction and abandonment are handled is a beautiful way of showcasing the growth that all humans can have. The book shows us we can be better from the hard times and that sometimes the hard times don’t go away, they just manifest in a different (though healthier) way.
The audiobook is an amazing way to experience this work, since it has a full cast. With a different actor for each different person interviewed, you can really feel how each character is their own person with their own experiences and their own point of view on things.
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