Amazon Prime Video dropped its first three episodes of Daisy Jones & The Six last night, and fans new and old are loving the homage to 70s rock n’ roll. The show is based on the NYT-best-selling novel of the same name by author Taylor Jenkins Reid, and was produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine.
The show follows a fictional rock band called Daisy Jones & the Six as they reunite 20 years after their breakup to participate in a tell-all biography. The story line is loosely based off of the infamous Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac, as it follows how several of the band members’ personal relationships impact their music careers and lives. The fictional band produces the acclaimed album Aurora, which is rife with all of the raw emotion of the real life Rumours–and the show’s cast actually recorded the album, which is now available on Spotify.
The show stars Riley Keough in the titular role as Daisy Jones, with Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne, Suki Waterhouse as Karen Sirko, Camila Monroe as Camila Dunne, Will Harrison as Graham Dunne, Sebastian Chacon as Warren Rhodes, and Josh Whitehouse as Eddie Roundtree. The show’s unique format is drawing in both readers and viewers alike, and fans are noticing several unique easter eggs for music buffs.
Keough is notably the late Elvis Presley’s granddaughter. In a scene from the show, her character plays a guitar that shares an identical strap to one that Presley used. Fans on Twitter rapidly circulated the heartfelt hint at Keough’s family ties.
Spoiler Alert – in episode 2 of Daisy and the Jones looks to me like Riley is wearing the same pattern guitar strap as Elvis’ in the ‘68 Comeback Special#elvis#DaisyJonesAndTheSix pic.twitter.com/qXnboe4byy
— Deena⚡️Dietrich (@DeenasDays) March 3, 2023
Similar to Fleetwood Mac, the show’s fictional band also begins their music careers separately before joining forces to become a world-famous group. The book’s author served as a producer on the show, and has organized an EP for each episode on Spotify that also features the band members’ solo work that is mentioned in the first episode. The attention to detail is a dream for readers who discovered the book on TikTok.
i don't know who needs to hear this but each episode of daisy jones and the six also has an EP so you can listen to daisy jones, the dunne brothers, the six, simone, and more
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) March 3, 2023
While some critics feel that the show and book fall back on general rock music stereotypes, fans of the genre felt it was the perfect blend of real history, romance, and fictitious intrigue. Fictional front woman Daisy Jones shares the same work ethic and drive as the infamous Stevie Nicks, and viewers are anxiously awaiting a reaction from the original members of Fleetwood Mac.
this is literally going to be fleetwood mac’s reaction to daisy jones and the six tv show pic.twitter.com/iNbWWiktAv
— olivia (@a24daisy) February 19, 2023
Taylor Jenkins Reid is known for her books about fictional famous women, and the layered perspectives they offer on fame and femininity. Such can be said for her other book that is in the process of being adapted for television, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Fans were quick to pick up on the fictional band’s dynamics alluding to the late Christine McVie’s friendship with Stevie Nicks.
One of the book’s most iconic lines made the cut in the show–in which Keough’s Daisy Jones exclaims that she refuses to be someone’s inspiration, saying “I’m not somebody’s muse. I’m the somebody.” This sentiment represents the many women at the front of 70s rock music, and continues to resonate with contemporary musicians. Fans are praising this line’s important placement in the show.
Daisy Jones & The Six airs new episodes every Friday, and the first three are now available on Amazon Prime.