The first trailer for Daisy Jones and the Six is a time capsule of 1970s rock and roll superstars set to an aching and wistful duet – except the band isn’t real and the song is made up for the show.
The upcoming TV series is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling, critically acclaimed book of the same name. It stars Riley Keough as the titular Daisy Jones, a magnetic and charismatic songwriter who joins a band led by the charming yet volatile Billy Dunne, played here by The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin. Like the book, the show will explore the band’s rise – and its ultimate split.
The book itself is basically one long fictional oral history where a journalist sits down to interview each of the band members. The various bandmates share their perspectives on the band’s history through the rock and roll scene of the 1970s and what ultimately led to their demise. Based on the short part in the trailer where Daisy addresses the camera, it looks like the Prime Video show may keep that format. The band’s history is heavily inspired by Fleetwood Mac, particularly the on-and-off romance between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham that bled into their 1977 album Rumors.
Since this is a show about musicians, a big part is of course the music. The texts in the book will have melodies and accompaniment. Aurora, the band’s full album, will come to life on the show, helmed by producer Blake Mills, who recruited Phoebe Bridgers, Madison Cunningham, Marcus Mumford and Jackson Browne, among others, to write the songs. The first of the songs – the angsty and fiery “Regret Me” – is now available as a single.
Daisy Jones and the Six was the winner of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. It is the second of Reid’s unofficial “Famous Women Quartet”, four books that follow various fictional famous women throughout entertainment history; these stories share some recurring characters and locations, but each ultimately stands alone. The others include another BookTok darling Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Menwhich will get a Netflix adaptation; Malibu is rising, which is to be a Hulu series; and latest, Carrie Soto is back.
Daisy Jones and the Six premieres March 1 on Prime Video.