Taylor Jenkins Reid follows up on her recent success with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to bring us Daisy Jones & The Six. Daisy Jones is just beginning to climb in the music world when a producer pairs her up with The Six, a blues-rock band that has also recently entered the music scene. When Daisy meets Billy, the de facto leader of The Six, the stars align and legends are born. Along the way, the rock and roll lifestyle threatens their partnership..
If you’re interested in the theme of creative differences, you might consider checking out The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker. It follows the friendship of Mel and Sharon, who meet in the first year of college. Years later they become a semi-famous filmmaking duo and draw upon their pasts to create animated movies. Doing so has left their personal lives, and their friendship, in shambles. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle follows a group of working class Irish teens who are spreading the gospel of soul. They form a rock and roll band in Dublin and find themselves catapulted from the parish hall to the steps of the studio door. But can The Commitments live up to their name? Checkout this book to find out!
You can continue to relive the 1970s punk rock scene by checking out City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Set in New York City in 1976, a detective attempts to figure out what a ragtag group of people have to do with a Central Park shooting on New Year’s Eve. Goodreads says that “City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ‘n’ roll, about what people need from each other in order to live… and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place. A Visit From the Goon Squad tackles the tale of Bernie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs. Both must confront their pasts as influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate, and art and music prove their power to redeem.
Be sure to check out our other recommendations. You can request these books on KDL.org, with a real life librarian in the branch, or digitally through the Cloudlibrary or hoopla apps. Make sure you are logging the books you’re reading because our Summer Reading Challenge has begun!