Column | ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’: The epitome of fame and chaos



“Daisy Jones and the Six” is a musical drama television series released in 2023.

By Koumae Adams, Staff Writer

“Daisy Jones & The Six” was published as a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid in 2019. The book focuses on the mystery of why the titular band broke up decades later, cutting from band member to band member in interviews to reveal the band’s past and each member’s side of the story. 

The book reveals a glamorous yet over-indulging environment surrounding drugs, fame, infidelity and money. It takes place in the 1970s and centers on the journey and end of a popular fictional band. 

It is no secret that the story is inspired by the drama within the real band Fleetwood Mac. Reid was inspired by the messy dynamic between Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. 

The book became one of Reid’s hits, her other successful works including “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “Malibu Rising.”

Recently, Amazon Prime turned the book into reality by adapting it into a show starring Sam Clafin, known for his role in “The Hunger Games,” and Riley Keough, who is Elvis Presley’s grandchild. 

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Sam Clafin plays Billy Dunne, the lead singer of the Six. He is defined in the book and television series as having good looks and projecting his domineering work ethic onto his band. 

Riley Keough plays Daisy Jones, the other lead singer who turned The Six into Daisy Jones & The Six. Her free-spirited outlook on life and unhinged behaviors prominently stand out compared to the rest of the characters. 

Other notable characters in the show include Camila Alvarez, the wife of Billy and mother of his children, played by Camila Morrone. She is put through many obstacles being the wife of a popular singer and is depicted as a complex yet loyal character. 

Eddie Roundtree, the guitarist, frequently bumps heads with Billy. His resentment towards Billy is complex, as it has something more to do with Billy’s domineering personality. 

The show has adapted the songs by the band from the book into real life with the help of producer Blake Mills and popular artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Marcus Mumford and Jackson Browne. 

The songs from the show are also available through most music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music. 

A notable song is “Look at Us Now (Honeycomb),” which is the first song that Daisy made in collaboration with Billy. The song captures the mixed emotions between Billy and Daisy and how they understand each other’s pain. 

Another song that stands out is “Regret Me.” It was written by Daisy to express her feelings of betrayal and anger towards Billy. It depicts Daisy’s unhinged personality well, as she is publicly singing about how she regrets Billy in the show. 

Through a deal with clothing brand Free People, the show serves viewers with vintage inspired fashion. Every episode includes an outfit the audience can admire. 

The show received mixed reviews and some critics said the book is better. 

The Guardian wrote that although it is a fun show, the show failed to make people care about the characters in the band, who damaged a lot of people in the fallout because they couldn’t keep it together. 

Despite some audiences and critics outwardly expressing their favoring of the book, a lot of positive reviews are still apparent. 

CNET writes that the show caters to more than Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Jenkins Reid fans. With the lush aesthetic and good casting, a lot of music lovers are bound to be delighted. 

The critiques and praises lead the show to be rated as 8.1/10 on IMDb. 


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