(No spoilers today)
They were the biggest band in the world for some time during the 1970s, and suddenly, for some unknown reason, they broke up at the height of their fame. Now they come on camera for a documentary to tell why and how it all unfolded.
That's how the Amazon series Daisy Jones and the Six starts. We see the now older band members come to this interview to talk about what happened. We also follow intertwined, fictionalized younger versions of them portraying how it all unfolded. But it's all fiction.
Based on the book of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid, it follows the rise and fall of the fictional band Daisy Jones and The Six. The band The Six was formed in Pittsburgh, and after moving to California, they ended up working with lead singer Daisy Jones (Riley Keough). She is known for her sultry voice and unconventional lifestyle. This match is explosive, especially between Daisy and the leader of The Six, Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). Generating high-quality music but also good old drama.
And with this unsolved mystery, we are set to follow their rise to fame and start to puzzle together why they broke up. Our interest is not only piqued by the story, but also by the gossip about rock stars.
Our love of celebrities
Celebrities are an integral part of our culture. From Hollywood actors and musicians to sports stars and politicians, these individuals have the power to captivate and influence us. While we may never meet them in person, we feel a strong connection to these famous figures and sometimes like to follow up on their lives.
And it's the same for this fictional band. Launched two weeks ago and still running, Daisy Jones and The Six explores this interest we have, especially in musicians and rock stars. Making it into a mock documentary gets us invested in the "real behind-the-scenes” story of this band.
There are many reasons why we enjoy following celebrities. Firstly, they offer us an escape from our everyday lives. When we follow the lives of these famous individuals, we can forget about our own problems and become absorbed in the drama of their lives. This can be a form of entertainment, and it can also help us to relax and de-stress.
There is a lot of drama and complicated relationships between the characters in this well-developed show. It is ideal for relaxing and de-stressing. It's not a guilty pleasure TV show per se, but it doesn't especially challenge you. At least so far.
We follow celebrities for another reason as well, according to the show. That they can be a source of inspiration. Many celebrities have overcome significant challenges to achieve success, and their stories can be inspiring for us. Whether they have overcome poverty, addiction, or other obstacles, we can learn from their stories and apply their lessons to our own lives. We see how they believed in themselves and their art, and how critical this belief was to achieve what they have.
Finally, following celebrities can be a way of living vicariously through them. When we see the glamorous lives of these famous individuals, we can imagine what it would be like to have their fame, fortune, and lifestyle. While most of us will never achieve that level of success, it can be fun to imagine what it would be like. Rejoicing in the positive parts while also seeing the ugly sides of it.
Daisy Jones and The Six let us enjoy engaging fiction while also taking a peek at the creative processes and lifestyles of rock stars. It's entertainment wrapped up in entertainment.
Making it real
I haven't read the book, so I don't know how similar it is, but I found it quite ingenious of them to make it look like a documentary. It really feels like this band exists in real life. To make things even more interesting, Daisy Jones and the Six are even "verified artists” on Spotify.
There is even a really cute voice message on Spotify from the book's author, Taylor Jenkins Reid. She talks about how excited she is that the music album Aurora by Daisy Jones and The Six now exists in real life.
I wasn't even surprised to see that the most searched question on Google about the show is if the band is real. Although it is quite clear it isn't, the use of the fake documentary and how similar it looks to other music documentaries creates an immersive feeling to the show.
It also may seem familiar, because the story is loosely based on the band Fleetwood Mac who also reached enormous fame after adding the female vocalist Stevie Nicks to their band which generated a #1 album in 1975.
So, if you are interested in an easy-going but still well-done TV show, Amazon will release two new episodes of Daisy and The Six today. The final two episodes (9 and 10) will be available next Friday (March 24th).
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Sorry, I had to give this one a pass. It looked like they took some of the more superficial aspects of the Fleetwood Mac story, which is most interesting as the story of the creation of that famous hybrid band when Fleetwood Mac, a longtime British blues band with 9 albums, invited Buckingham to join as guitarist. He would only join if they also invited Nicks, his singing partner and girlfriend, with whom he had recorded a single unsuccessful album of California folk-rock, which today of course is a collector’s item:
This merger resulted not only in a new sound, but also a band with three great singer-songwriters, two of them women, unheard of in rock. And who knew the largely unknown Nicks would become practically the face of the band and arguably its most influential songwriter?
Here they are at their best, doing Nicks’ famous song (try not to be distracted by Buckingham, who’s wearing what looks like a pajama top, but is probably just a mini kimono):
i really enjoyed the book, and i feel like the show differs from it quite a bit. that being said, i am still enjoying the show, looking forward to finishing off the season!