I am lucky enough to be sent loads of books to read – and my TBR pile physically, and electronically, is always large – so it’s quite unusual for me to pay hard earned cash for a book. However, I kept seeing this book EVERYWHERE in the summer of 2019 as one of THE books to read. So total FOMO made me purchase it!
Here’s the blurb:
“They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.
But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.
There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.
There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy.
There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her.
And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames.
It’s never just about the music…”
I started this on holiday – and it felt really ‘different’ straight away. (I said this about The Goldfinch many years ago, and certain friends still haven’t forgiven me!!)
It’s written in the style of interviews with all of the characters – but interwoven so it’s as if the various accounts are being talked through by the protagonists as they happened. This means it feels really fast paced and keeps you wanting to read on.
It totally evokes the 70s vibe – and you do feel immersed in the rock and roll world of the time.
About 90% (yes, I read it on my Kindle) of the way through you get a bit of a shock – which I loved – but I don’t want to tell you what that is, as it would ruin the surprise for you – but it’s great, and emotional.
Throughout the book lyrics of songs are mentioned in part – but at the end of the book, the lyrics to all of the tracks – which are almost characters in the book themselves – are written out in full. I found myself weeping reading them as they had so much meaning (and I’m quite pathetic and cry a lot!!)
I really enjoyed it – so EVERYONE was right!