People often look at me at concerts and ask, “What could you possibly know about rock ‘n’ roll… you’re just a kid?” The answer might surprise you. I fell in love with Joan Jett in 10th grade. I’ve met her and seen her live twice. (I’ll be at the 2019 tour when she gets to Raleigh, NC for concert number 3) I saw the Eagles preform one of their last complete concerts when I was in 8th grade. I saw Fleetwood Mac live when I was in 4th grade along with countless other shows. I’ve been listening to Journey, Heart, Styx, Def Leopard, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Runaways, and even the Rolling Stones and Queen since before I was born.
I grew up with a concert promoter for a father and a backstage pass to some of the best shows in the world. And that magic wasn’t lost on me in the slightest. Rock ‘n’ Roll is in my blood and my soul belongs in the 70’s and 80’s music era.
Growing up, Stevie Nicks’ voice sang me to sleep at night. So when I saw the cover for Daisy Jones and the Six I knew I had to have whatever she was selling and there was an instant familiarity…
Any striking resemblance to the double Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, I’m told, is purely coincidental. But there’s no hiding the resemblance of the model on the front cover to a young Stevie. Right down to the teeth, it’s gypsy all the way.
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
This book was quickly swept up by the Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club and hasn’t stopped gaining traction since…
“My March pick for Reese’s Book Club is here! It’s Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it ROCKS. Literally. The book centers on the meteoric rise of a rock band in the ‘70s and its lead singers Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, whose connection is as electric as the music they make together. It’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, people!! The book comes out March 5, so you can pre-order it now… And the very best part?! Hello Sunshine is turning this into a TV show with Amazon Studios… so stay tuned for more updates!” x Reese
“Inspired by VH1’s Behind the Music series, Jenkins Reid shares the band’s untold story through an oral history, gathering interviews, emails and, yes, even lyrics to piece together their mysterious history. “I want it to feel like it’s nonfiction,” she tells Bustle. “I want you feel like you’re lost in a story from our culture that you just haven’t absorbed yet. I thought the best way to consume that is by feeling like you’re hearing from a chorus of people.” – From Jenkins Reid’s interview with Bustle.com
Taylor Jenkins Reid could have failed in a major way when formatting this book. It’s all written in interview style. It totally works though. There isn’t extra fluff holding this book down and it flows like a well-rehearsed single. I did find myself skipping over names every once in a while and having to go back and ask myself who just said what. But I chalk that up to the fact that I devoured this book and probably could have finished it in one solid sitting had we not just adopted an extremely angelic and needy dog. Nevertheless…
“…born in the ’80s, Jenkins Reid is admittedly no expert on rock and roll’s heyday. She poured over Vanity Fair oral histories, marathon-watched Behind the Music, and listened to Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash on loop. ” -Bustle.com
“I knew I wanted to write something about people collaborating and I liked the idea of it being singers similar to The Civil Wars, a band I was listening to a lot,” Jenkins Reid says. “They were a man and a woman who were incredibly in sync musically but not romantically involved. At least, that’s what it seemed like from the outside. Then, they randomly broke up and never talked about why. I was so intrigued, and thought, ‘Can I do my own version of The Civil Wars?’” –From Jenkins Reid’s interview with Bustle.com
Mark my words, Daisy Jones and the Six will be a movie one day soon. And if Lady Gaga doesn’t play Daisy, they’re doing it wrong. Especially coming off the tail winds of her incredibly deserving win at the 2019 Oscars for Best Original Song and her nomination for Best Actress.
I also wouldn’t mind seeing Lily Rabe play the part. Honestly, wouldn’t mind at all…
Special thanks to NetGalley, and Taylor Reid Jenkins for the early access!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…
‘Daisy Jones & The Six is an upcoming American web TV series based on the upcoming book of the same name written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The miniseries is set to consist of thirteen episodes and will air on Amazon Video. The series was announced on July 25, 2018. The series is set to be written by writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber who will serve as executive producers alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Taylor Jenkins Reid will produce. Production companies involved in the series are Hello Sunshine, Circle of Confusion and Amazon Studios. ‘ -Wikipedia
Reid, however, has focused her story on a talented woman, a free-spirited singer-songwriter who refuses to be secondary to a man’s story. The most frustrating part about reading 300 pages about a fictional band, however, is that you don’t have a chance to immerse yourself in the music. But that will soon change. Reese Witherspoon optioned the TV rights before publication, and Amazon has ordered a 13-episode run of the adaptation of the book, with writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Fault In Our Stars) penning the scripts. Plus, there’s a team crafting the original music for the show.
“I really want to hear the songs!” Reid says. “I’m not a musician. I hear something in my head, but it’s not anything that anyone could make into a song. So the idea that people are going to create this album is incredibly exciting to me. I was meeting with one of the guys at Amazon, and we were talking about the music, and he was saying he was very daunted by the task of having to create the song ‘Aurora.’ He was like, ‘You have made it out to be the greatest album of the 1970s!’ And now he has to go figure out a way to make it. I’m just glad it’s not my problem. ” -Rolling Stone Magazine