Blame it on my wild heart: Daisy Jones & the Six review

 Daisy Jones & the Six review

What I liked about it: 

Rock & roll as a narrative always works. It provides a wild ride, the perfect escape, the fulfillment of teenage dreams. You get to experience the craziness without having to go rehab later. Of course there a ton of biographies and autobiographies featuring real rockers, but there's something about Rock&Roll fiction. By example, I read Springsteen's autobiography, but having him look back on the songs he'd written as a young buck with an old's man gaze, robbed the songs of their pure emotion. You can't look back on rock & roll; you have to live it. Longing, desperation, drugs, pure creativity, and lots of talent may result in a perfect song. And all of those things you have to experience in the moment, talking about them when they are in the past is almost impossible. What Daisy Jones & the Six does is using a narrative structure whith rock stars looking back on their history, but they are talking about it like it is happening there and then. And that makes it propulsive.
For me, this book couldn't have come at a better time for me; I finally watched A Star is Born and left so disappointed with the storyline. I didn't like seeing Gaga play a woman made and destroyed and rebuild by the men in her life and Cooper playing somebody self-destructive who gave his second chance up in an instant, for nothing. This book washed the bitter taste that the movie left away.
It's the seventies, the height of sex, drugs and rock and roll. There are two main characters; Daisy Jones is a woman who knows what she wants and is lost at the same time. Billy is a guy holding on to his sanity, always verging on the rand van alcoholism, fighting with everything he's got against temptation. These two are two faces of the same coin and seem destined to be together, but that would mean destroy everything around them and themselves in the process.
It could be melodramatic, but instead, it's real, funny, thrilling and insightful. As I said, the story is told in a spoken style, giving voice to everybody involved in the band. It's like reading a Fleetwood Mac documentary.
 Taylor Jenkins Read Said she was inspired by the split up of the Civil Wars, but the storyline follows the meteoric rise and combustion of Fleetwood Mac so tightly that I could help see even Nicks as Daisy and Lindsey as Billy.
There's the same play with the different POVs going on as in the first season of the Affair, and some of the different interpretations of the same events by various band members is priceless, very funny.
It's hard to put down, awful to finish, stay-in-your-heart kind of book and I'm already scared and excited by the upcoming Amazon TV show.
The ending could have been different; I wished had been different. It's not much of a rock and roll ending, it could have been less sentimental, but I'm sure it'll seal the deal for most readers. Anyway, this is the most riveting book I've read this year so far.

What it's about: 

Daisy Jones is a promising singer living in the Chateau Marmont. The Six is a rock and Roll band who just moved to Los Angeles. When the two come together, rock and roll history is made. All the while its members have to deal with addiction, torment, love entanglements, big decisions and the dangerous notion of chasing your dreams.

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