Daisy Jones and The Six: A fictional 70s band you want to hear on Spotify


Quézia Arruda Cunha, Reporter

Bell-bottom pants, maxi dresses, peasant blouses and ponchos are all items in the closet I created for myself when I was reading “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

Reid is also the author of “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” “Forever, Interrupted” and “Carrie Soto Is Back.”

I think from the selection of clothes in my fictional closet, you may have noticed it is 70s-inspired, evoking a time that, when remembered, sharpens a nostalgia that even a young, 18-year-old woman like me feels.

But even though I do not have the vivid experience of this time, Reid, as usual in her books, knows how to use flashbacks as effective time machines.

On the back cover of the book, we can already see that this is a successful band that everyone knows, but it’s an imaginary band with real settings and real people.

Reading the book is also an immersive experience because Reid wrote the band’s songs and inserted them into the narrative, creating the most suitable soundtrack for this chaotic story.

The format is one of Reid’s highlights: we know the history of the band and its members through interviews given years after the height of their success in Los Angeles with their soft-rock during the 70s.

Despite being unusual, the real voice of the whole story is from a journalist’s notebook.

We felt the love, revolts, passions, betrayals and crises as if we were the cameras the band members were talking to. 

The band members are not described by Reid as caricatures with exaggerated stereotypes.

In fact, we know from reading about their past, their glorious moments and their tense mistakes that they are just ordinary people with problems who were just trying to release a hit and nothing more.

The band members — Billy, Graham, Karen, Warren, Eddie and Pete — were working on their second album of classic rock ‘n’ roll when Daisy, with her spirit and passionate lyrics, arrived in their lives, and the narrative changed.

Based on the reports and memories the band members recalled, readers feel the atmosphere of tension and passion that governs this second album, “Aurora,” especially between Daisy and Billy — two people who make great music but share trauma and addictions to drugs and sex 

In all the reports, as if we were leafing through the journalist’s notes during the interviews, we picture the behind-the-scenes of the extraordinary album: a place where vulnerability and inconsistency were at the forefront.

The language of intimate testimonies with flashbacks very well-centered on the arc of each member makes us feel that we have the book as a confidential and exclusive document of a revolutionary band that broke up so abruptly.

With the new TV adaptation of “Daisy Jones & The Six” that debuted on Amazon Prime Video in early March of this year, I saw the colors of my imaginary closet in action in a raw and hard way.

All of Billy’s betrayals with other women in his trailer during tours, his intense gazes with Daisy and his alcohol and chemical addictions make us feel even more revolted, especially considering how they built the development of Camila, Billy’s wife, and band’s photographer.

In the miniseries, Camila (Camila Morrone) has her deserved highlight as a woman who bears the child of a man worthy of pity.

I believe that the biggest, most positive aspect of the adaptation was being able to utilize talented actors who knew how to express what the book could not tell only through flashbacks.

Even in scenes of complete silence, Sam Claflin (who played Billy Dunne) expressed on his face who Billy really was: a lost man who didn’t recognize that he needed help to be a good husband and a good father.

The scenes shown after he goes through rehab are the toughest to watch, even more so when we see Camila’s pain and loneliness during all these years of being discarded.

However, here there are no villains or heroes. There is no helpless woman and troubled man.

The greatest philosophy and beauty exposed in the miniseries is to show that Warren (Sebastian Chacon), Garrison (Will Harrison), Eddie (Josh Whitehouse) and Karen (Suki Waterhouse) also go through rollercoasters of decisions and relationships that lead to unplanned commitments.

All of them are adrift, and the beat of the music alone is the only thing they haven’t lost control of yet.

The overdoses, betrayals, crises and traumas are what united them but also what broke them.

If you want to wear a piece from my closet or just feel the 70s in your skin and have an intimate look at a band you want to hear on Spotify, this book and miniseries need to be on your read and watch list.