Daisy Jones & The Six Review: the fictional band that caused a phenomenon


Daisy Jones & The Six promotional photo. Lacey Terrel/Prime Video.

Leanna Ward, Editor in Chief

Daisy Jones & The Six is a new 10-episode Amazon Prime drama mini-series that premiered on the streaming service on March 3, with new episodes released every following week. The finale premiered on March 24. 

The series is based on the 2019 best-selling novel of the same name, written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The story follows a fictional 1970s-era rock band called Daisy Jones & The Six through the height of their successes, the rocky roads that lead there, as well as the tumultuous way the band broke apart.

 The composition, storyline, and musical style of the fictional band are inspired by Fleetwood Mac, who famously had plenty of band drama, including feuding lead singer-songwriters and occasional romantic partners, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. This trope is echoed in Daisy Jones & The Six in the form of the fictional Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, as well as a great deal of other drama involving all six members of the group.

The band in the show is comprised of six members: lead singer Billy Dunne, played by Sam Claflin; Billy’s brother and lead guitarist Graham Dunne, played by Will Harrison; Daisy Jones, the other lead singer, played by Riley Keough; bass player Eddie Roundtree, played by Josh Whitehouse; drummer Warren Rojas, played by Sebastian Chacon; and keyboardist Karen Sirko, played by Suki Waterhouse. 

It is worth noting that in the novel, there is a seventh member; bassist Pete Loving, completing “The Six” before Daisy Jones even joined the band. In the show, Billy Dunne’s wife Camila Alvarez, played by Camila Morrone, is the unofficial seventh member of Daisy Jones & The Six. 

The novel and series follow a documentary structure, with interviews from all of the band members 20 years following their breakup intertwined with footage of the events they are explaining. The series begins from the conception of the group, with the members telling the story of how Daisy Jones & The Six came to be, and follows the entire existence of the band up until their final performance. 

The show’s two leads, Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones, are troubled and spiteful. They do not get along by any means for a majority of the band’s existence, but in their good moments, they are unstoppable. They are explosive together on stage as well as in their lives, with a trail of drama and tears following them. 

Besides these two, who tend to attract the majority of the attention both in the world of the show and in the screen time of the series, the other four bandmates have unique storylines as well. There are few dull moments in the series.

This is the kind of show and band that hooks viewers and consumes their reality in the same way that a real group can consume a fan’s life. Yes, this is a bingeable show with a love triangle, shippable relationships, and more band drama than a person can ask for; but the true selling point of the series lies in the fact that it is about a band with real, streamable music.

It’s as if a current musical group had a documentary made about them with completely authentic documentation of the backstage events and drama they lived through; it’s a phenomenon. A fictional band now has millions of fans.

Ellemar Records and Atlantic Recording Corporation in collaboration with Amazon have given fans an entire album with singles to listen to over and over again. The music in the show blows all expectations out of the park. The 11-track album, “Aurora,” feels authentic and is incredibly catchy. 

Daisy Jones & The Six’ “Aurora” Album Cover/Ellemar Records and Atlantic Recording Corporation.

The best part about the music is that the members of the cast are actually the ones performing at all times. Effectively, this makes the band real. Actors on the show, such as Keough, have even teased going on tour as a band, but nothing is yet confirmed.

Keough of course has prestigious musical pedigree in her blood, as the granddaughter of Elvis Presley.

The music was written by a team that includes the show’s executive music producer, Blake Mills, as well as legends such as Jackson Browne, Phoebe Bridgers, and Marcus Mumford. 

The writers of the show, the music, and of course the original book all succeed in making Daisy Jones & The Six feel real. The buzz this show created will not fade for a long time as viewers want more. Fashion, hair, makeup, and  music will all be heavily influenced by this series for months. 

The show made a lot of changes from the book, some being seemingly unnecessary; meeting the frustration of fans of the book. Nonetheless, the series achieves an arguably more interesting story due to the heightened reality of the show. Having footage of the fictional band throughout their time together as well as the video interviews makes a world of a difference compared to the entirely transcribed interview-style of the book. 

Daisy Jones & The Six is a perfect show for music lovers, fashion lovers, and those who are chronically nostalgic for the 1970s; as well as anyone who can get into a bit of band drama.

Daisy Jones & The Six is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.