Words || Gabrielle Edwards
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to catch the bus home, eyes welling with emotion over a fictional 1970s rock band?
Well, fear not! I have the perfect book for you – allow me to lead the way to this once-in-a-lifetime emotional rollercoaster!
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fictional oral history following the American 1970s rock band of the same name. The book details the formation of the band and rise of lead singer, Daisy Jones, followed by their collaboration, rise to the top of the music charts and sudden unexplained break-up in the middle of their national tour.
Heavily inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, romance, drama and creative differences take the forefront in this captivating story about passion and creative expression.
Everything about this story had me gripped from the very start.
As I listened to the audiobook, I grew more and more invested in the outcome of this fictional brand and increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t listen to any of their songs on Spotify.
I would definitely recommend listening to the audiobook rather than the print version. The incredibly talented cast of narrators adds a layer of emotion that really gives the illusion that you’re watching a real documentary.
Taylor Jenkins Reid has become well- known for writing about strong and complex women, and this new book is no exception. Each female character was unique, with individual interests that were impassioned and sustained.
This begins with our heroine Daisy Jones, whose initial interest in becoming a rock star comes from a desire to tell her own stories through song – something that was previously denied to her. She remains true to this goal, continuously fighting to have her songwriting talents recognised and completely owning her sexuality and power. However, her authenticity as a character is sustained in the depiction of her flaws, giving the reader a chance to both sympathise with and critique her choices.
Outside of titular Daisy, Camila, wife of lead singer Billy, proves herself to be the real shining light of the story. Her dedication to her family and complete, if somewhat underserved, faith in her husband sold her as my personal favourite character. Without giving too much away, all I can say is the world doesn’t deserve someone as amazing as Camila Dunn.
A true highlight of the story was Karen’s confession that she had been suppressing her sexuality in order to be respected within a male dominated space. She is of course opened to a new perspective when she meets Daisy, though Jenkins Reid is quick to note that there is no one ‘right’ way to be a woman.
Karen further challenges representations of femininity in her adamant stance that she enjoys being a rock star and doesn’t intend on raising a family. Despite the different interests of the other female characters, they never fall into stereotypes of belittling or disrespecting each other, and instead remain supportive and caring.
Amongst all this, the book never shies away from handling some of the tougher issues of the music industry Obviously, 70s rock ‘n’ roll was known for the drugs, sex and alcohol, and Taylor Jenkins Reid treats this era with appropriate care. With both Daisy and Billy struggling with addiction at different points in the story, Jenkins Reid explores the struggles of them and their loved ones. Daisy and Billy form a strong connection over this, and their experience influences their music.
On that note, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper move aside, there’s a new hot performance duo taking center stage! The chemistry between these two lead singers and songwriters is electric.
As much as you know they shouldn’t be together, there can’t help but be a tiny part of you rooting for them. The visual imagery of their performances truly transports you right to the front of the crowd.
Luckily for us fans, Daisy Jones & the Six has already been picked up to be adapted into a miniseries, with Reese Witherspoon attached as an executive producer. To say I’m excited for this show is a vast understatement.
Though, until then, I’ve settled for listening to Rumours on repeat and reading Stevie Nick’s biography. I guess it’s never too late to become a 70s rock groupie!