I can absolutely say I’ve never read anything like this before.
Everyone knows of the famous 70s rock band, Daisy Jones and the Six, but not everyone knows their story. Told in the format of an interview between the bandmates, manager, producer, and friends of the band, this work chronicles how The Six Got to be the biggest band in the world. And, ultimately, what made them leave music just when they reached the top.
Let me preface this by saying I’m not someone who reads interviews frequently, even about my own favorite bands. So when I opened this up and saw that it was one GIGANTIC interview, I almost gave up. But, I’m glad I didn’t.
What I enjoyed the most about Daisy Jones was how fast the story moved. There was never a moment where I felt like I wanted to take a break, and I was really curious how the story was going end. I also thought it was absolutely hilarious how some of the bandmates would contradict each other’s stories from line to line of the interview. I think I even laughed out loud once or twice.
However, even though I enjoyed this as a whole, I was expecting more. The story felt somewhat repetitive after a while; Eddie is sick of Billy, Daisy is off partying, and the rest of the band doesn’t really care as long as the music is selling well. I get that there was supposed to be a buildup to when everything went bad, but I could’ve used less rehashing throughout.
I also had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight. Warren/Pete kept confusing me, as did the manager/producer/sound engineer. Not to mention the random critics or hotel staff that would be thrown in occasionally. I felt like I needed to take notes or something. Then again, the women were so strong and feminist (and awesome) that maybe the mean were meant to pale in comparison.
Despite that, I really think it’s a testament to how engaging the writing was that I managed to read a 350 page fictional interview. There were parts that felt so undeniably factual, I had to wonder if it were based in part on real people. Even if I couldn’t always remember the characters, there was something very human about them. So, overall, I would recommend at least giving this one a shot! I’m definitely going to be picking up Evelyn Hugo (which is NOT an interview).
Intended audience: Adult
Content warnings: drug abuse (this is a main theme), sexual assault, mentions of inappropriate adult/minor relationships (which I do not condone)
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