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This September, we're reading Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel Daisy Jones & The Six. Read an excerpt here.
Presented as an oral history, Reid tells the raucous story of what was once one of the greatest (fictional) bands in rock n’ roll history. But at the height of their fame, they decide to disband. What went wrong?
We asked Taylor to tell us a bit about how the book came to be. Here's what she had to say:
In 2013, one of my favorite bands, The Civil Wars, broke up abruptly with little explanation. For years afterward, I would get the thought in my head to try googling them just one more time in the hopes that either member of the duo, Joy Williams or John Paul White, might have finally gone on the record about why they broke up. But they never did.
They joined the ranks of other unknown rock stories for me, questions that loom over some of the biggest myths in music: What really tore apart the Beatles? What made Pink Floyd's breakup get so ugly? What goes on backstage as Fleetwood Mac fights and reunites over and over?
In real life, we don't often get answers to why our favorite bands break up. So I took all of the mysteries of rock n' roll that had long fascinated me and I turned my attention to fiction.
Daisy Jones and The Six is the story of a fictional 70s rock group that broke up one night after a show in Chicago in 1979 at the height of their fame. Now, it's 40 years later, and they are finally going on the record about why.
It's an ode to classic rock, and, specifically an ode to the women of classic rock. And it allowed me to pretend, for just a moment, that these great legends of rock n' roll might one day go on the record and give us some great, messy answers.
Illustrations by Julian Targowski for BuzzFeed.