Scorpio Hearts, Daisy Jones, The Thunder Girls and more: 10 fictional bands in novels!

Here are 10 books about fictional bands, all of which I’ve read – and one which I’ve written!

Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie – The Breakers are a folk-rock band in the 60s and 70s. The characters Jane and Jesse are reportedly based on Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett – The Band With Rocks In feature in this Discworld book with parody references to music from our world.

Mine by Clare Empson – Disciples are a 70s art rock band whose singer Jacob is mixed up with the family mysteries explored in this dark domestic drama.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Daisy Jones and the Six were apparently inspired by Fleetwood Mac and the book takes the form of interviews to piece the story together.

This is Memorial Device by David Keenan – Memorial Device were an obscure post-punk band from Airdrie, Scotland. An oral history with not much plot and some laughs.

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau – Running Waters are a rock group whose star Jimmy and his wife Sheba hire a nanny from a prim and proper background, 14-year-old Mary Jane. It’s set in Baltimore, summer 1975.

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – August Moon are an English boyband whose singer, Hayes, has a steamy secret relationship with Solène, whose daughter is a fan of the band.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell – Utopia Avenue are a 60s psychedelic rock band who go through turbulent times in this long chronicle of their careers.

The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake – The Thunder Girls are an 80s pop group who are reunited although they hate each other. This thriller is a rollercoaster tabloid drama which is a lot of fun.

They Lie Here by N S Ford – Scorpio Hearts were an 80s electronic band whose enigmatic songwriter, Roskoe Darke, is missing. The truth is stranger and more sinister than you could ever guess…

2 thoughts on “Scorpio Hearts, Daisy Jones, The Thunder Girls and more: 10 fictional bands in novels!”

  1. Great idea for a post! I have heard that Daisy Jones and the Six is written in a way, so some readers believe it’s a real band.

    1. Thank you! Yes, Daisy Jones was very believable and if I hadn’t known it was fiction, I’m sure I’d have thought they were real.

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