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.
The First Look Club takes on Reese’s Book Club pick: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six. Told as a series of interviews, the novel chronicles the electric beginning, crazy and complicated middle, and shocking end of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Jean and Palo are in for a wild rock n’ roll ride. Read their thoughts below.
A Deadly Mix
Jean says: Daisy Jones is free-spirited, glamorous, a gifted songwriter and a talented singer. She’s also reckless and potentially self-destructive, with a dangerous addiction to drugs and alcohol. […] Billy is a musical genius, a rock star, or a control freak. […] They can’t stand each other—Daisy reminds Billy too much of a fast-paced lifestyle he no longer wants, and Daisy refuses to let Billy boss her around. And yet, their collaboration leads to the band’s breakout single and kickstarts their rise to the top.
Palo says: Daisy Jones is one of those characters that occupy the space between blessed and tragic: born to famous parents, ethereally beautiful, a natural singer with a voice that’s more earthy than sweet, and seem to be propelled by the desire to be appreciated for her talents. Leading The Six is Billy Dunne, a salt-of-the-earth kind of musician who’s gone through the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll routine and emerged with his impulses straining under a brooding surface. There’s an intense chemistry between these two: […] the more they want to do nothing with each other, they more the feelings of attraction intensify.
Meet and Greet
Jean says: The novel is written as a series of transcribed interviews that serve as a compiled oral history of the band. It reads like a written version of VH1’s Behind The Music, or like talking head interviews in a music documentary. It was initially off-putting, as the format keeps you at a distance, but it soon made sense. It showed off the dynamics of the band and allowed the other members to share their own perspectives on a story that would otherwise have been solely focused on its stars.
Palo says: [The novel is] constructed as a transcript of interviews with the band and the people surrounding them compiled by an invisible author. […] I think Reid’s writing is more powerful when she gave Daisy, Billy, Camila, and the band their unique voices. And of all the colorful characters who “spoke” in the novel, I wanted more of Karen Sirko (keyboardist) and Graham Dunne (Billy’s brother, guitarist)—whose stories transform beautifully between the lines.
Beyond the Page
Jean says: As a bonus, the lyrics to all the songs in Aurora are included at the end of the book, which made me wish that this was an actual album I could listen to! There’s news that Reese Witherspoon’s production company will be adapting this for television, so there may be hope yet.
Palo says: There are also lyrics to the band’s songs included in the end to give readers the big picture that the recounted events built. […] After reading this novel, I went back to thinking long and hard about my favorite first albums, and if the one that Reid wrote about in this novel actually exists, it’s going to be on the top of my list.
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[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]
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