Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read: 26 June - 2 July 2020
Release year: 2019
Daisy Jones & The Six is a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid about a fictional band in the 1970s. The story is written like a documentary transcript and because of this, it felt like I was reading an autobiography. I had to tell myself a couple of times that this was not a real band. An example:
Karen: A few weeks after I joined the band, I said, "We need a new name." The Dunne Brothers didn't make sense anymore.
Eddie: I'd been saying we needed a new name.
Billy: We had a following with that name. I didn't want to change it.
Warren: We couldn't decide what to call ourselves. I think somebody suggested the Dipsticks. I wanted us to go by Shaggin'.
Eddie: Pete said, "You're never going to get six people to agree on this." And I said, "What about The Six?"
The book starts with two different stories: about Daisy Jones and about the band 'The Six'. Daisy is a young, beautiful girl with an amazing voice, but struggles to find her way in the music industry. 'The Six', led by lead singer Billy, are also trying to gain more success. After a producer tells them to team up, they decide to put aside their egos in order to become one of the most successful bands of the 1970s.
Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. You will find them all in this book. Billy is one of the first of the band to end up in a serious relationship, but he is also the first to get himself into a lot of trouble. Once he gains success as the lead singer of the band, he ends up cheating on his pregnant wife and also develops a drugs and alcohol addiction. After not being sober enough to be present at his daughter's birth, he decides to go into rehab. Daisy's drug addiction gets worse and worse throughout the book until she hits rock bottom. I liked how the author wrote extensively about drug addiction and what it can do to people.
It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.
It is very obvious that this book is written by a female author as the women in the story are very strong and independent. They demand credit where it's due, they basically don't take shit from men and they support each other through bad times. Not everything was very realistic though. This book makes you think that by just speaking up as a woman, things will change... which unfortunately isn't reality.
I am not going to sit around sweating my ass off just so men can feel more comfortable. It’s not my responsibility to not turn them on. It’s their responsibility to not be an asshole.
One of the events in the book that had an impact on me concerned Karen, the keyboard player of the band. Karen ends up pregnant by fellow band member Graham, but she doesn't want to become a mother and decides to get an abortion. I am glad that this was covered in the book, as it is not every woman's dream to become a mother.
I wasn't scared of regretting not having a child. But I was scared of regretting having a child. I was scared of bringing an unwanted life into this world. I was scared of living my life, feeling like I'd anchored myself to the wrong dock. I was scared of being pushed to do something I knew I did not want.
I am very happy to hear that this book is turned into a TV series. In the story, Billy and Daisy wrote a lot of songs together and the lyrics of these song were really good. I am very curious if they are going to turn these into real songs for the series and what they sound like. Also, I added another book written by Taylor Jenkins Read on my 'To Be Read' list: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Can't wait to read it!