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‘Daisy Jones & the Six’: How Fleetwood Mac Impressed the Fictional Band

A number of fiery glances between Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham throughout a 1997 reside efficiency of “Landslide”—that’s all it took to spark creator Tanya Jenkins Reid and what would turn out to be her bestselling novel, Daisy Jones & the Six, now a sequence on Prime Video.

“I stored coming again to that second when Lindsey watched Stevie sing ‘Landslide,’” Jenkins Reid wrote in a 2019 essay for Hi there Sunshine, the manufacturing firm behind the present. “The way it seemed a lot like two folks in love. And but, we’ll by no means really know what lived between them. I wished to jot down a narrative about that, about how the traces between actual life and efficiency can get blurred, about how singing about previous wounds would possibly hold them contemporary.”

Turning one’s damaged coronary heart into artwork is on the heart of Reid’s behind-the-music-style story. Though folksy singer Daisy Jones (Riley Keough—granddaughter of Elvis Presley) and frontman/lead guitarist Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin) are fictional characters, they’re apparent proxies for Nicks and Buckingham, who remained bandmates for years after their tumultuous breakup in the course of the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album, Rumours.

Within the throes of her analysis, Reid discovered herself transfixed by their dynamic. “It obtained to the purpose the place I used to be driving in my automotive, and I believed: ‘I simply wish to know if Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham slept collectively after Rumours,’” she would later inform The Guardian. “I heard myself assume that–and that’s insane. I really feel so near them, however that’s as a result of they’re writing about common issues in a particular manner that I’ve a connection to.”

The stormy making of Rumours, which received the Grammy for album of the yr and bought greater than 40 million copies worldwide, was additionally compounded by the divorce of bass guitarist John McVie and late keyboardist Christine McVie after eight years of marriage. That fissure is mirrored by the Six’s bass guitarist Graham Dunne (performed by Will Harrison) and keyboardist Karen Sirko (Suki Waterhouse), whose break up coincides with Billy and Daisy’s parting in the course of the tour for his or her file, Aurora. In actual life, the Rumours period additionally contained the breakup of Mick Fleetwood’s marriage and the origins of an ill-fated two-year love affair between him and Nicks.

“We broke up as a result of being in that band was simply too troublesome to be in a relationship,” Nicks advised Chum Radio in 2001 of the band’s meteoric rise within the Seventies. “I imply, I believe it’s why Lindsey and I, and Chris and John, broke up; the band obtained so large, so quick, that we have been all identical to blown away, . And it was nearly like, this, we are able to’t do that, we are able to’t, that is destroying our enterprise. The enterprise of Fleetwood Mac is being destroyed by these relationships. And we have been none of us keen to surrender the band.”

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