I’m back with another edition of Books and Beers, because diet or no diet, this is too darn fun! This time, I’m pairing beers with Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a fun summer read about the rise and fall of a rock n’ roll band in the 70s!
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Daisy Jones & The Six chronicles the journey of a singer named Daisy Jones (obviously) and a band called The Six (duh) whose destinies intertwine after they’re paired together for a crossover album that skyrockets them both to fame.
The only problem is, Daisy and The Six’s frontman, Billy, don’t get along at all… yet they make beautiful music together. So they’re forced to work together despite their differences, resulting in some complicated dynamics. It’s all about life, love, and the pursuit of music… and what it means to be compatible/incompatible with someone.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great summer read, and I listened to it on audiobook, which was a first for me. Since the story is in interview/documentary format, it lent itself well to audio and I enjoyed the experience of listening to it.
As a story, I found it way more heartwarming than I expected. It dealt heavily with the substance abuse and the effects of the rock n’ roll lifestyle, but it still managed to have a lighthearted edge. And though I do think (though I neglected to mention it in the video) that the “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” stuff could be misconstrued as glamorized (especially for Daisy Jones), overall I thought that the book handled it well.
What I liked the most was the nuanced characters and their complicated dynamics. Even with their flaws, you still get attached to and sympathize with them. They felt so realistic at times (as did the story as a whole) that sometimes I forgot it was a fiction.
And as little as I know firsthand about the 70s, I felt like the story really captured the essence of that time period and the height of the rock n’ roll era. This is a great read for fans of raw, contemporary, character-focused stories with a clearly defined setting.
I know I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, but I think I’m finally realizing that that’s basically the case with everything. I liked it, that’s all I know! If you have a different opinion, I’m open to having a polite discussion in the comments! That goes with anything I read and review on here, beer or no beer!
This time, I chose beers mostly based on theme: music-related or band-related names and concepts. I definitely looked for 70s-inspired designs as well, but unlike the Save the Date beers, these ended up matching the color scheme/aesthetic less and the vibe/context more.
Wild Little Thing by Sierra Nevada
This is a Slightly Sour Ale with Guava, Hibiscus, and Strawberry. It was delicious! I definitely got the strawberry and it had just enough tartness. Most of all, I loved the deep pink color!
Denim Jean & The Jammers by Logboat Brewing Co.
I was so excited when I found this one because a) the composition of the name sounds like Daisy Jones & The Six, b) the concept of this beer revolves around a jam session, and c) there’s a lot of denim in this book!
This beer was a light, hoppy, refreshing IPA that reminded me a lot of Space Camper, if not more lemongrassy. Definitely a good (jam) session beer in my book!
Jam Band by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Check out how groovy this one is! (Arguably all three of these beers are groovy in the different ways, but this one takes the cake!) This is a Berry Ale with blueberry, raspberry, and cherry.
It was a beautiful berry color BUT it was not my favorite because I can be really picky about fruit beers! It didn’t taste bad though, it’s actually really good (especially for fans of berry ales), it’s just not for me!
And there you go, my picks for Daisy Jones & The Six! In light of the sensitive subject matter, please remember to drink responsibly!!! And of course, stay groovy!!!