Daisy Jones & The Six sing their hearts out in upcoming adaptation

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Emmalina Sjapeki, Co-Editor in Chief

Passion, heartbreak, and rock and roll: the fictional band Daisy Jones & The Six grapples with all of these in the upcoming adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name. Set to be released on Amazon Prime, Daisy Jones takes a gritty look at the rise and fall of a rock band in the 60s and 70s. Narrated in oral history format by the members of the band, the novel tackles the relationships between the band and their inner circle, as well as the downsides of life in the spotlight.

Jenkins Reid was inspired by the real life drama between members of rock bands in the 70s, who dated each other, had affairs, broke up, and made music through it all. The formula of wild celebrities and unreliable narration proved to be an instant hit, and the novel immediately became a bestseller. Daisy Jones was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and Witherspoon later bought the rights through her production company, Hello Sunshine. Production was delayed by the pandemic, but the show managed to begin filming in 2021, and wrapped in May 2022.

Riley Keough and Sam Claflin star in the magnetic roles of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, respectively. A major theme throughout the novel is the pull Daisy and Billy feel towards each other, despite Billy’s fight to remain loyal to his wife Camila (Camila Morrone). Other plots include Billy’s brother and bandmate Graham Dunne (Will Harrison) falling for keyboardist Karen Sirko (Suki Waterhouse), and the resentment bassist Eddie Roundtree (Josh Whitehouse) feels towards Billy’s controlling tendencies. Drummer Warren Rojas, played by Sebastian Chacon, is mainly there for a good time, while Daisy’s best friend Simone Jackson, played by Nabiyah Be, is a trailblazer of the disco scene.

Though the adaptation remains faithful to the book in many ways, a few changes have been made to the show. The interviews where the band reflects on their past now take place 20 years after their break up, instead of 40 years. Pete, a member of “The Six” has seemingly been cut from the show, leaving only five members of the band. Also, the novel contains lyrics from the band’s songs in the back of the book, none of which make it into the show’s actual soundtrack.

While the lyrics are not identical to those written by Jenkins Reid, the music is actually one of the stronger points of the adaptation, clearly taking reference from the dreamy sound of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. Blake Mills and Tony Berg composed and produced songs on the fictional band’s best selling record Aurora, the composition of which is what causes so much conflict between the characters. Singles from the album have been released on streaming platforms, including “Regret Me” and “Look at Us Now (Honeycomb),” and the full album is set to be released by Atlantic Records on March 3.

The show has high expectations to meet, but the involvement Jenkins Reid has had in the making of the series seems promising. If the show turns out to be a success, however, fans will not be able to binge it as they would a typical TV show. The first three episodes of Daisy Jones & The Six will begin streaming on March 3 on Amazon Prime Video, with three more episodes on March 10, two more on March 17, and the last two on March 24.