This is a very good historical fiction that follows the rise of an iconic 1970s rock band and their mysterious breakup at the height of their popularity. The story is told through a series of interviews of the band members, managers and their friends. I listened to the audio and the cast did a fantastic job of portraying the story.
Daisy Jones is a young woman growing up in the late 60s. While still underage she sneaks into clubs, sleeps with rock stars and starts taking drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. As she turns 20 her voice starts getting noticed and her beauty makes all the boys come to the yard. Meanwhile, Billy Dunn and his brother start a rock band that finally starts to get noticed. On the eve of their big tour Billy finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Feeling the pressure, Billy goes crazy on the road. As The Six gets bigger and bigger, a producer decides to put Daisy Jones and The Six together. What happens next is the stuff of legends.
I wondered if this was based on a real band, and it’s not. However, I looked online and allegedly this story is loosely based on Fleetwood Mac. I’m too young to know the full story of that band, so I can’t tell you if it’s accurate or not. As is usual with this author, the writing is beautiful. The story is funny, heartbreaking and enthralling. The author did a fantastic job with all of the characters, especially Daisy and Billy. I was right there with Daisy as she spiraled down and down and yet further down the rabbit hole of drug addiction. I was there with Billy as he held on tight-fisted to his sobriety as he strove harder and harder to make the band a success. The minor characters were more than just support for the main characters, they had personality and storylines of their own.
This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites and will probably become an auto-buy for me.
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