Daisy Jones and the Six
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones and the Six is an oral history of a fictional 1970s rock band and their implosion at the height of their success.
I love the oral history format. It gives you multiple unreliable narrators as we get to see the same events through different eyes. One person gives their memory of something, and in the next paragraph, another person puts a very different spin on it. The format works really well for this story about a complicated group of people and how things fell apart.
The main conflict is the fraught relationship between Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne. Billy is the charismatic lead singer of The Six, and Daisy is a solo singer. After a successful hit duet, Daisy ends up joining the band, and things start to go to hell. They’re two very creative, but messed up people. Billy is trying to stay sober for his wife and kids, and Daisy never met a drug she wouldn’t try.
The book is a fascinating look at the 70s rock scene in Los Angeles, and the fictional band bears a passing resemblance to Fleetwood Mac. The process of creating an album really comes alive, and the lyrics for the final album are included at the end of the book, which adds a nice level of detail and context to the narrative.
I couldn’t put this book down. I think it will appeal to anyone who enjoys unreliable narrators, interesting formats, and messed-up but fascinating characters. It’s also perfect for music nerds. Highly recommended!
I received an ARC from Amazon Vine.