‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ takes over pop culture


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Inga Keselman

The first three episodes of the highly anticipated limited series “Daisy Jones & The Six” dropped on Amazon Prime on March 3.

The show follows the trials and tribulations of a band, Daisy Jones & The Six, in their rise to fame and collapse during the 1970s. The story is told through the perspective of the bandmates, interviewed in the 1990s, giving an oral history of the events that had taken place. The clash in perspectives makes for a captivating, binge-worthy tale.

If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is loosely based on the story of the hit rock-and-roll band Fleetwood Mac. Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of the novel “Daisy Jones & the Six” and executive producer of the series adaptation, crafted this loose retelling of the story behind “Rumors,” the 1977 Fleetwood Mac release which came shortly before the band broke up.

The first three episodes of the show begin before Daisy Jones joins The Six. Jones is the free-spirited Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, played by Riley Keough, who is discovered by producer Teddy Price, played by Tom Wright. The show also follows rising disco star Simone Jackson, portrayed by Nabiyah Be. Jackson and Jones are roommates and best friends.

The story of The Six occurs concurrently. Originally, the band was called the Dunne Brothers when it was started in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Billy Dunne, the lead singer, is portrayed by Sam Claflin. Graham Dunne, Billy’s younger brother and lead guitarist, is portrayed by Will Harrison. Josh Whitehouse plays bass player Eddie Roundtree, and drummer Warren Rhodes is played by Sebastian Chacon. Later, the band adds a keyboardist named Karen Sirko, played by Suki Waterhouse.

The band moves out to Los Angeles in hopes of landing a record deal. This process is documented through The Six’s final member, photographer Camila Dunne, who Billy marries in the first three episodes.

This large ensemble cast adds to the magic of the show. The audience grows to love these characters as they navigate through sex, drugs and rock-and-roll in the ‘70s.

The show’s aesthetic also works to transport the audience back in time. Most notably, the fashion stays true to that of the 1970s with its well-known bell-bottom jeans, denim, fringe, sheer tops, vests, circular sunglasses and more. Amazon Prime partnered with clothing brand Free People to create a “Daisy Jones & the Six” inspired capsule collection. This line of clothing will inspire a return to the classic yet funky silhouettes of the ‘70s.

If a book, TV show and clothing line were not enough, “Daisy Jones & the Six” became a real band in the process, releasing their album “Aurora,” which is similar to Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album “Rumors.”

The eponymous ensemble even became the first “fictional band” to reach the top of iTunes Charts, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actors in the band are real musicians who learned these songs and brought them to life. That is, everyone but the lead vocalists, Keough and Claflin.

Both Keough and Claflin took voice lessons during the pandemic in preparation for their roles. The whole band rehearsed together before the shoot in a setting resembling a band camp. Although Keough had never sung professionally, but she is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley.

“But because of COVID, we couldn’t start our production on time, and the three-week band camp turned into 18 months,” Scott Neustadter, co-creator and co-showrunner, said.

“By the time we started in fall 2021, the actors weren’t just a convincing facsimile of a rock band, they were a rock band.”

This show has become more of an experience. Fans can connect to these characters on the page, the screen, through their songs and even through their fashion choices. This new way of storytelling allows viewers to immerse themselves into the world of Daisy Jones & The Six.