Published in March 2019, Daisy Jones and the Six was all over social media for a hot minute. This is partly thanks to Reese Witherspoon snapping up the TV rights faster than you can say “it’s all happening,” but also – who doesn’t enjoy a frolic in the 70s heyday of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, while safely snuggled up on the sofa sipping tea!
I had to give the book a read myself to see if it really was worth the hype.
What instantly draws you in is the book’s unique delivery, which is completely told from the perspective of the interviewee. You really do believe the reporter has interviewed the band members, managers, rock critics, friends, family – and then complied their responses chronologically into a written version of VH1 Behind the Music.
The sheer amount of research Jenkins Reid has put into song writing and 70’s music history makes for such a believable read – so much so that I was obsessively googling the band members and their songs, before realising the band was completely fictitious (facepalm).
Fun fact: the band are actually loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and their tumultuous history.
The characters have such depth and complexity. Particularly the females, which is an unfortunately rare find in 70’s rock story-telling, where the women have two personas to choose from: groupie or muse. Jenkins Reid has a knack for getting down to the core of her characters and delivering a fresh perspective on the played-out roles of the brooding tortured artist and their subsequent drug addiction.
In spite of the complex characters and unique story telling, I did find the story lagged a little, was predictable and tended to feel a bit cheesy at times. To be fair, this should be expected when the book is essentially a love story disguised as a music documentary, and I was still intrigued enough to want to finish.
It also would have been great to take the fictitious element of the band one step further with a gallery of images at the centre of the book – along with that famous album cover, which was so beautifully described in the book and seems such a shame to have never actually existed!
Rating: 3 out of 5. Not a masterpiece but still worth a read. I am looking forward to seeing the TV miniseries when it is released. The band is so believable and the songs written in this book are crying out to be produced!
This book also reignited my love for the song ‘Silver Springs’ by Fleetwood Mac, which Jenkins Reid has said was the inspiration for Daisy Jones’ ‘Regret Me.’