EVERYONE KNOWS DAISY JONES AND THE SIX.
They sold out arenas from coast to coast.
Their music defined an era and every girl in America idolised Daisy.
But on July 12 1979, on the night of the final concert of the Aurora tour, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now.
This is the whole story, right from the beginning: the sun-bleached streets, the grimy bars on the Sunset Strip, knowing Daisy’s moment was coming. Relive the euphoria of success and experience the terror that nothing will ever be as good again. Take the uppers so you can keep on believing, take the downers so you can sleep, eventually. Wonder who you are without the drugs or the music or the fans or the family that prop you up. Make decisions that will forever feel tough. Find beauty where you least expect it. Most of all, love like your life depends on it and believe in whatever it is you’re fighting for.
It’s a true story, though everyone remembers the truth differently.
Having finished reading this book a few days ago, and taking some time to think about what I was going to say here, I found myself starting to compile a Spotify playlist in my mind of 70’s and early 80’s rock music, that would suit my mood. So far it feels very Led Zepplin heavy.
Anyway, on to the review. Written in the form of a very long interview, this book is quite different to anything I have read. It is divided into a number of time periods that covers the formation of (fictional) the Band The Six, and one time goupie turned singer/performer Daisy Jones. Being that this book is based in the 70’s I’m sure you can imagine that a lot of the content is based on sex, drugs and rock and roll.
I loved the way that this was written, and the differing and usually contrasting viewpoints on the same events. The relationships between the band members and their friends felt very real, and I almost felt like I was reading a true story rather than a fictionalised one. I couldn’t put this down, and had it read in a few days (this was helped along by a wonderful father’s day morning spent left alone in bed – thanks Vero).
I found the characters entirely captivating, and really enjoed finding out about their lives. I loved following their development from childhood wannabe rock stars to reaching the height of fame. It felt like the author had done a lot of research into what drives certain people to reach for the stars, and it came across very well.
All in all I thought this was a fantastic read, and while it might not be for everyone, it is definitely going to be riding high in my “books of the year” list come December. Highly recommend.
Now, ever since I’ve read it I’ve wanted to watch A Star is Born, so I think I’ll be doing that tonight. After I finalise my Spotify playlist of course (adds more Zeppelin).