When I first read Daisy Jones & The Six, I couldn’t put it down. It didn’t take long until Taylor Jenkins Reid became one of my all-time favorite authors. Fast forward to March of this year, Amazon Prime Video released the TV mini-series adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, starring Sam Claflin (as Billy Dunne), Riley Keough (as Daisy Jones), Camila Morrone (as Camila Alvarez), Will Harrison (as Graham Dunne), Suki Waterhouse (as Karen Sirko), Sebastian Chacon (as Warren Rhoades), and Josh Whitehouse (as Eddie Roundtree).
Daisy Jones & The Six takes you back to the nostalgic 70s music scene, where disco was chic, and rock and roll was shaping music history, not to mention that bohemian-style was at its peak glory. The series centers around a rock band from Pittsburgh as they catapult into fame, following the struggles and triumphs of each character and the relationships between them. It is loosely inspired by the fall-out of British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, inclusive of the tension and romance that led to the creation of their iconic songs.
What captivated me most about the series was its ability in capturing the essence of the 70s LA scene, both the splendor of breaking into the grueling music industry and the bleak realities of drug and alcohol abuse. From the cinematography to the wardrobe details, Taylor Jenkins Reid and the production crew nailed the aesthetic of the time. Not to mention that the series did an amazing job of not straying too far away from the original plot of the book, with many direct quotes incorporated in the script.
Not only was Daisy Jones & The Six producing hit records in the show, but they were also the first fictional rock band to ever secure No. 1 on the Billboard’s emerging artists chart (stream their album “Aurora” on Spotify/Apple Music). The casting of the show was chef’s kiss. Not only is the cast talented, but the chemistry between the characters was well portrayed on screen. Sam Claflin is very well-known for his film roles in Hunger Games and Me Before You, while Suki Waterhouse has made a name for herself in both the film and music industry. The rest of the band are all musicians in real life, so the songs produced were authentically brought to life.
A not very well-known fact about the cast is that Riley Keough, who plays Daisy, is the granddaughter of the late “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley. The preparation for the TV series took around two years, especially for Sam and Riley who had to undergo guitar and singing lessons since it was their first music gig.
The story is told through an interview of the characters 20 years after the disbandment of the group. There is a larger focus on the fiery and volatile relationship between the two troubled lead singers, Billy and Daisy. The series touches on very significant topics, such as addiction and sobriety, sexism in the industry, familial relationships, power and fame. It is more than just your typical rock & roll storyline, and is definitely worth checking out.
Amazon Prime Video is currently planning to submit songs from the miniseries soundtrack to compete in the outstanding music and lyrics category for the Primetime Emmy Awards, according to Variety. The songs being considered are part of their “Aurora” album, which are “Look at Us Now (Honeycomb),” “Let Me Down Easy,” and “The River.” So if you are looking for something to watch or listen to, Daisy Jones & The Six can give you both.
1 If you found the article interesting, I also recommend this: https://infozio.1367.hu/2022/11/24/egy-masik-enem-sorozatajanlo/