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A new genre has emerged over the last few years as a primary plot basis for movies, musicals and books: the biographies of musicians and groups from the 1970s. Four years ago, my book club read Girls Like Us, the fascinating interwoven story of the queens of folk and soft rock of the 60’s and 70s, Carole King, Judy Collins and Carly Simon. I don’t think there was a single freshman who showed up at Wheaton College in the fall of 1980 without a well-worn sleeve of Tapestry in her milk crate collection of vinyls, along with the coveted JVC stereo system and speakers the size of the mini-fridge. Reading Girls Like Us was a trip down memory lane to relive all the great lyrics and to learn about their inspirations for these talented songwriters and singers.
The genre may have received its launch with Jersey Boys in 2004 which opened on Broadway to tell the back story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Music for that show was incredible. No wonder it won four Tonys and the show CD found its way into my purse on the way out of the theatre.
In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the parallel lives of Freddie Mercury and Queen and Elton John come alive on the big screen with Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. Both movies expose their struggles as they battled their demons offstage with different outcomes.
Listening to all their songs triggers memories which become a part of our past. When We are the Champions by Queen played across the big screen and pounded from the surround sound speakers, I had to refrain from jumping from my seat and singing along as I recalled screaming the song along with hundreds of other Needham Rockets fans hanging out school bus windows on our way home after our soccer team won the State championship.
This weekend, I attended the production of Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – the Jersey Boys styled Broadway show of The Temptations. Across the street, Tina was playing the life story of Tina Turner.
Is it any wonder, then, that when I picked up a copy of Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid from my library I was expecting to find the back story of a 1970s group which may have had a one-hit wonder and fizzled out? I racked my brain to remember their name to no avail. I dove into the story and was immediately captivated by the unique approach of writing by Jenkins Reid. The entire book presented the story as if it were a (long) series of interviews in Rolling Stone. Once I began to get lost in the story of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne and the five others who made up “The Six”, I had to Google search them to figure why I couldn’t remember them. Well, at least my mind hasn’t totally gone to mush – they are a fictional group made up by Jenkins Reid! She crafted her story so well, I was convinced they were real.
The book is a quick read with well-developed characters. Daisy Jones is the spoiled, lost girl of Hollywood searching for a love she never received from her LA la-la-land parents. Her escapism into drugs, sex and rock and roll are all too familiar as is the love-hate intense relationship she develops with lead singer, Billy Dunne. In a black hole of despair of musicians which emerges in the movies and shows mentioned above, I found a few rays of hope break through as The Six rocketed to popularity, stayed at the top for a year or so and then began their slide back down into oblivion. The ending offers a great twist which becomes logical and an interesting way to wrap up a few loose ends about the band’s break-up and demise.
I participated in a webinar by Jenkins Reid this fall on the subject of research. After reading Daisy Jones, I can say with certainty she was a great choice to lead the webinar. Her research of the 1970s was thorough and lent itself to support her story line without dominating and turning her writing into supporting the research.
Daisy Jones is an entertaining read and a nice diversion from my usual choice of historical fiction. If you’re looking to escape into the world of rock and roll and can’t catch one of the Broadway shows, I recommend you check out Daisy Jones. Her story won’t disappoint.
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And because I couldn’t resist when I was at the thrift shop staging the photo above with the book – here’s another one from memory lane for all the teeny-boppers of the 1970s. David Cassidy!!
And, while David Cassidy may have captured the hearts and fantasies of girls from the 1970s, I think the dashing dudes of the American Quartet equally captured the fancy of girls in the 1910s. Musical Interlude
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