A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is Gramercy’s May book club selection. The discussion will be facilitated by rock and roll aficionado Alec Wightman.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, mimicking the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Said Publishers Weeklyin a starred review: “The book’s prose is propulsive, original, and often raw. . . . Reid’s gift for creating imperfect characters and taut plots courses throughout this addictive novel.”
Alec Wightman’s passion and knowledge of music, particularly rock and roll, runs long and deep. Alec’s Zeppelin Productions has promoted national act singer-songwriter concerts in Columbus since 1995. He is a board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2016. Alec is also a partner in the national law firm, BakerHostetler.