Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Though her career began in film production, Taylor Jenkins Reid published her first novel, Forever, Interrupted in 2013. Since then, Reid has published a novel every year, the most recent of which was 2019’s acclaimed Daisy Jones and the Six.

The novel, which is currently in development as a web-based miniseries, tells the story of a Fleetwood Mac-esque band in the 70s as they record a hit album, and plays on themes that have become hallmarks of her work: artifice and truth, and the nature of success and celebrity.

It’s unsurprising, then, that when we asked Reid to share the TV, music and other culture she’s been enjoying, those themes cropped up again. Read her picks below.

Film: Echo in the Canyon

My book Daisy Jones & The Six was hugely inspired by the Laurel Canyon music scene in Los Angeles. I was captivated by the stories of all of the 60s and 70s folk and rock stars who all lived near each other in Laurel Canyon – one of the neighbourhoods in the hills just north of Hollywood. Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass, CSNY, The Eagles, Frank Zappa – the list goes on and on. Echo in the Canyon is a documentary (made by Jakob Dylan) that takes you through some of the most magical moments from that period of time. 

TV: The Last Dance

I devoured The Last Dance, a ten-part documentary on ESPN about Michael Jordan and the last season of the Dream Team on the Chicago Bulls. The psychology of what it takes to win – and to keep winning – at such an elite level had me enraptured. Michael Jordan is a captivating icon and human, deeply competitive, hard-working, and high-achieving. But he also was supported on the Bulls by people like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and coach Phil Jackson, who stand as fascinating icons on their own. 

Michael Jordan wearing his famous Chicago Bulls #23. Getty/Tom Berg/Wire Image

Michael Jordan wearing his famous Chicago Bulls #23. Getty/Tom Berg/Wire Image

Podcast: You’re Wrong About

You’re Wrong About is quickly becoming one of my favourite podcasts. It’s a deep dive into one particular topic each episode, as the two hosts reassess the way our culture has viewed a particular person or issue, detailing the ways we’ve misunderstood or misrepresented the topic. One of my favourite episodes is ‘You’re Wrong About - Yoko Ono Broke Up The Beatles’. It details not only Yoko Ono’s life and art but also the cracks that began to form in The Beatles long before she met John Lennon. If you’re interested in the complexity of The Beatles’ breakup – and the love story of John and Yoko – this is an interesting take on it.

Lockdown Hobby: The two-minute egg sandwich

I’ve been making food at home a lot more, for obvious reasons. I started watching Nadiya’s Time to Eat to find easy, quick recipes. In the very first episode, she shared a recipe that I know I will use for the rest of my life - an egg wrap that takes two seconds to make. I’ve been making it almost every afternoon for lunch. The show itself is so relaxing. I swear I could watch Nadiya Hussain read the phone book. And I’m deeply indebted to her for that egg sandwich. 

Music: KAMAUU

I've been listening to KAMAUU lately. I discovered him while watching one of my favourite shows, Insecure, which featured his newest song, ‘Far Rockaway’. I loved it so much I went back and started listening to the EPs he’s released over the years. He’s a singer and a rapper, but what I love best about his work is that it defies genre categorization a bit. 

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is out now.

  • Daisy Jones and The Six

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    A Daily Mirror best fiction pick of 2019
    A Daily Express best book of 2019

    'I LOVE it . . . I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so fun' DOLLY ALDERTON
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    Everybody knows Daisy Jones and the Six.

    From the moment Daisy walked barefoot on to the stage at the Whisky, she and the band were a sensation. Their sound defined an era. Their albums were on every turntable. They sold out arenas from coast to coast.

    This is the story of their incredible rise: the desire, the rivalry – and the music.

    Then, on 12 July 1979, Daisy Jones and the Six split up.

    Nobody knew why. Until now…
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    ‘New obsession, incoming’ TELEGRAPH

    ‘I didn't want this book to endFEARNE COTTON

    ‘Utterly believable . . . fantastically enjoyable’ THE TIMES

    'Pitch perfect' SUNDAY TIMES

    ‘Reads like an addictive Netflix documentary meets A Star Is Born – despite being utterly fictional. It’s also a call-to-arms that when you find your niche, don’t doubt, embrace it.’ EMERALD STREET

    'The verdict: Daisy Jones steals the limelight… A zeitgeist book for 2019' STYLIST

    'Well observed, sensitively told . . . a great read.' WILL GOMPERTZ, BBC

    ‘A tremendously engaging, and completely believable tale of rock and roll excess... inventive, persuasive and completely satisfying.’ DYLAN JONES

    ‘I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon.’ ERIN KELLY

    'DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel – at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era. You’ll never want it to end.' CECILIA AHERN

    ‘Once in a blue moon you get to discover a book you end up pressing upon many other people to read. Taylor Jenkins Reid has got every nuance, every detail exact and right. I loved every word.’ PAUL REES

    ‘So brilliantly written I thought all the characters were real . . . I couldn’t put it down’ EDITH BOWMAN

    ‘Explosive . . . a gorgeous novel and a ravishing read.’ CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS

    ‘Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll? You bet, but it’s Daisy’s refusal to become a mere muse that powers this buzzy music-industry romance.’ HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON, MAIL ON SUNDAY

    ‘The characters leap off the page, seducing you with their dramas, and making you wish the band was real.’ HEAT

    ‘The heady haze of the 70s music scene, and a perfectly flawed Daisy, combine to create a fresh, rock n roll read. I loved it.’ ALI LAND, author of Good Me Bad Me

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