It’s hard to imagine any other book right now that is so hyped. It was part of two book clubs I follow! It’s honestly everywhere I look and I broke down to buy a copy. This is extremely unusual for me.
One of the hottest bands in the ’70s was Daisy Jones & The Six. They split up after their most successful album and it’s finally time to find out what happened. Told in an interview format, the band members discuss how they formed, their lives in the band, and why they broke up.
Fun fact about me: my parents didn’t want me and my sisters watching MTV when we were younger. They blocked the channel and it took until the late ’90s for my older sister to crack the code. This led to us watching a lot of VH1. I think this explains my love of ’80s music and some of my other musical tastes. And one of VH1’s best shows as I was growing up was Behind the Music. I don’t remember how many of these I watched but I definitely saw the Fleetwood Mac episode multiple times around the release of “The Dance”.
That’s what this book reminded me of, an episode of Behind the Music. And it was perfect. There are definitely similarities between this fictional band and the absolute craziness of Fleetwood Mac (seriously, read how “The Chain” was actually recorded). It had all the hallmarks of pretty much every band in the ’70s: sex, drugs, alcohol. But the characters felt so real.
Daisy Jones was a fantastic character as she dealt with her addictions and crazy love life. I was always sympathetic to what she was going through and that really helped sell this whole thing. Billy Dunne, on the other hand…he was harder. I understood where he was coming from but man, what an asshole! I also loved the less popular members of the band, especially keyboardist Karen. All the side stories from those members were always as interesting as whatever Daisy was up to. And the differences in opinion to the events that were unfolding!
It’s an incredible book. I definitely want to read more of Reid’s work (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was already on my list). But most of all, I wish the songs she wrote were real. They were gorgeous and the way they explained the recording process of the songs, they really do sound like they could have been massive hits. I will probably never get over this book.