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Daisy Jones & the Six : a novel
2019
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Characters
Daisy (Female), Grows up in L.A. in the sixties; starts to singing; works with Billy on some songs
Billy Dunne (Male), Leads the band named The Six; girlfriend becomes pregnant;
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Topics
Sex
Drugs
Bands
Pregnancy
Rock music
Music
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  Library Journal Review

Reid's (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) groovy fictional documentary charts the ascent and flameout of a star-crossed 1970s rock band. Affording listeners the ultimate backstage pass, the format of this "oral history"-snippets compiled from interviews recorded four decades after the heyday of Daisy Jones & the Six-sets the stage for an outstanding full-cast presentation featuring 21 talented narrators. Jennifer Beals as mercurial party girl Daisy and Pablo -Schreiber as recovering addict Billy Dunne convey angst beneath a photogenic veneer as brilliant vocalists/songwriters who, pressured into collaborating, generate magic onstage and tumult everywhere else. Judy Greer and Benjamin Bratt deliver engaging viewpoints from undervalued keyboardist "Karen Karen" and Billy's mellower brother Graham. Reid overlays sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll with aspiration and the yearning to connect, vividly depicting not only the rush of a crowd-pleasing performance but also the prerequisite creative toil and emotional cost unseen by the public. Verdict Music fans will be captivated, as will readers of character-driven fiction, not to mention the audience acknowledged in Daisy's Grammy speech-"all of you out there hung up on somebody or something"-that is, most listeners. Enthusiastically recommended. ["For music lovers, romance fans, and anyone who wants to feel invincible with youth, intoxicated by music, and a powerful longing for days gone by": LJ 3/19 review of the Random hc.]-Linda Sappenfield, Round Rock P.L., TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) delivers a stunning story of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the 1960s and '70s in this expertly wrought novel. Mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir, the book is narrated by a character whose identity is a secret until the end. The central figure, free-spirited yet distinctly complicated Daisy Jones, grows up as the daughter of a famous artist and a French model, crashing her 14-year-old underage self into clubs on L.A.'s Sunset Strip and, increasingly, consuming large quantities of both legal and illegal drugs. When she finds her forte in singing and songwriting, Daisy's world changes. Signed to Runner Records, she soon meets labelmate and tortured singer-songwriter Billy Dunne. Billy goes from not wanting Daisy in his band to writing some of their biggest hits with her, and their chemistry is explosive. But Billy nearly ruined his marriage to true love Camila by being unfaithful, drinking, and drugging, and he won't throw away his second chance with her-although he tries to get Daisy into recovery, as he sees her heading down the same dark path that he went down. Add in a colorful cast of backup musicians, all of whom have their own demons (particularly Billy's overshadowed brother, Graham, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend and bandmate, Karen), and Reid creates both story line and character gold. The book's prose is propulsive, original, and often raw. Readers will accept and appreciate why and when the narrator's identity is finally revealed. Reid's gift for creating imperfect characters and taut plots courses throughout this addictive novel. Agent: Theresa Park, Park Literary & Media. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. <br> <br> "I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Daisy and the band captured my heart."--Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)<br> <br> Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.<br> <br> 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 'n' 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.<br> <br> Praise for Daisy Jones & The Six <br> <br> "Backstage intrigue is the engine of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . . [A] celebration of American mythmaking." --Vogue <br> <br> "Each character is compelling but Daisy Jones is the star. She's a blazing talent who is unapologetic in her sexuality and lives life on her own terms. . . . Like a poignant song with lyrics that speak to your soul, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid will transport you to another place and time." --Associated Press <br> <br> "Reid's wit and gift for telling a perfectly paced story make this one of the most enjoyably readable books of the year." -- Nylon <br> <br> "Wildly delicious." -- Entertainment Weekly
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