The world is buzzing about Amazon Prime’s latest series, Daisy Jones & the Six. The series follows the meteoric rise and legacy of a rock band that bears a striking resemblance to Fleetwood Mac. But where does the inspiration for this band come from? Is it based on a true story? In this article, we’ll explore the complicated answer.
The Inspiration behind Daisy Jones & the Six
The novel’s author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, has stated that the band was not based on any specific musical group. Instead, she drew inspiration from across the 1970s music scene. However, readers of the novel agree that the similarities between the band in the novel and Fleetwood Mac are hard to ignore.
The Mood Board for Daisy Jones & the Six
The mood board for Daisy Jones & the Six is encapsulated in a single video of Fleetwood Mac performing their song “Silver Springs” live at Warner Bros. Studio in May 1997. This iconic musical moment finds an almost routine resurgence online every few months, and for good reason. According to Reid, “Stevie sung ‘Silver Springs’ like a woman scorned, holding that microphone like a weapon, drilling holes into Lindsey’s head with her eyes as she sang that her voice would haunt him.” That “Silver Springs” energy is present in the Daisy Jones & the Six universe with original songs like “Regret Me” and “Look at Us Now (Honeycomb).”
The Fleetwood Mac Connection
Fleetwood Mac’s legacy is twofold—one part incredible discography and one part irresistible romantic infighting. The band’s frontmen, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, shared a musical connection that carried them through periods of love and war, a fraught relationship that inspired Daisy Jones’ Daisy and Billy Dunne. However, the Fleetwood affairs, musical and otherwise, did not begin and end with Stevie and Lindsey. Stevie also found herself infatuated with Mick Fleetwood in the early days of the band, and other band members Christine and John McVie fell in love and were married for seven years. If you read the book, you’ll see that this is probably the closest inspiration for Karen and Graham.
Fictional Legacy of Daisy Jones & the Six
The fictional legacy of Daisy Jones & the Six revolves around a single record titled Aurora, the making of which is documented in the novel and the new series. A similar reputation follows Fleetwood Mac’s most famous album Rumours, which band member Mick Fleetwood once said “almost killed [them].”
The Important Questions
The magic and emotional confusion of Fleetwood Mac is woven into the fabric of Daisy Jones & the Six, and although no one is calling this story a biography, the real and fictional bands share a lot. Their stories, whether fictional or not, force us to ask important questions. Can you write a love song that becomes a hit and not fall in love? Can you share a once-in-a-lifetime artistic connection with someone and still go home to someone else? These are the questions that Daisy Jones & the Six, and Fleetwood Mac before them, have asked.
In conclusion, Daisy Jones & the Six is a work of fiction that draws inspiration from the music scene of the 1970s. While the band is not directly based on any specific musical group, it’s hard to ignore the similarities between Daisy Jones & the Six and Fleetwood Mac. Whether you’re a fan of the novel, the new series, or Fleetwood Mac, there’s no denying the impact that these bands have had on the music industry.
Q: Is Daisy Jones & the Six a real band?
A: No, Daisy Jones & the Six is a fictional band created by author Taylor Jenkins Reid for her novel of the same name, which has been adapted into a TV series by Amazon Prime.
Q: Is the story of Daisy Jones & the Six based on Fleetwood Mac?
A: While the author of the novel has stated that the band is not directly based on any specific musical group, readers have noted similarities between Daisy Jones & the Six and Fleetwood Mac, including the romantic and creative tensions between band members and the making of a highly regarded album.
Q: Can I listen to music by Daisy Jones & the Six?
A: While Daisy Jones & the Six is a fictional band, original songs have been created for the TV series adaptation, including "Regret Me" and "Look at Us Now (Honeycomb)," which can be found on Spotify and other streaming services.