‘Everybody Loves Daisy Jones’ spoilers ahead
‘Everybody Loves Daisy Jones, based on the bestseller of the same name written by Taylor Jenkins Reidhas finally arrived on Amazon Prime Video, and it’s giving us a lot of nostalgic vibes from the ’70s.
The story follows the rise and fall of the lead rock band, whose members are catapulted from anonymity to fame, only to end up going their separate ways after a sold-out tour and concert in 1977. Using a format Docuseries similar to VH1’s ‘Behind the Music,’ the series constantly jumps between the ’70s and ’90s, while an unseen filmmaker interviews the former band members in an attempt to find out what really led to their split.
But how exactly did Reid create this story? Are these characters just works of fiction or are they based on something much more real?
Is ‘Everybody Loves Daisy Jones’ based on a true story?
Although ‘Everybody Loves Daisy Jones’ isn’t technically a true story, Reid has explained that his book is slightly inspired by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of the British band Fleetwood Mac.whose infamously complex and stormy relationship came to fruition on the band’s seminal album, ‘Rumours.’
After finding a video of the band performing their 1975 hit “Landslide” as a teenager, Reid became convinced that Nicks and Buckingham were head over heels in love with each other.. “Lindsey stopped playing for a moment and Stevie drifted into her as he watched her from a distance,” she wrote in a blog for Hello Sunshine. “And for a moment, a tiny moment, Lindsey rested her chin on her clenched fist and looked at Stevie as if he were some miracle. And I thought, oh, they’re completely in love with her.”
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However, the author was surprised to learn that the couple had previously dated but were no longer together, and there was a lot of tension between them. “When I decided I wanted to write a book on rock ‘n’ roll, I remembered the moment Lindsey saw Stevie sing ‘Landslide'”he continued. “I wanted to write a story about that, about how the lines between real life and art can get blurred, about how singing about old wounds can keep them fresh.”
This complicated dynamic between Nicks and Buckingham is, of course, reminiscent of the one between Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin), but there are other similarities between Fleetwood Mac and Reid’s fictional gang.
Fleetwood Mac consisted of Lindsey Buckingham (lead guitar and male vocals), Stevie Nicks (female vocals and sometimes tambourine), Mick Fleetwood (drums), Christine McVie (keyboards and vocals) and John McVie (bass).
In the same way, Daisy Jones & The Six It consists of Billy Dunne (male vocals), Daisy Jones (female vocals and sometimes tambourine), Warren Rhodes (drums), Karen Sirko (keyboards and vocals), and Eddie Roundtree (bass). Although they also add Graham Dunne (lead guitar) to the mix.
The showrunners they clearly took Fleetwood Mac as their inspiration and they did it knowingly, because the bridge in The Six’s song ‘Look At Us Now’ (arguably the best song in the series), sounds very similar to the one in Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’.
What happened between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham?
Buckingham and Nicks met in college and later joined the psychedelic rock band Fritz, though it wasn’t until the band broke up in the early ’70s that the two became romantically involved.. They later moved to Los Angeles and formed their own band, Buckingham & Nicks, but by the time they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1974, they were on the brink of breaking up.
“When we joined Fleetwood Mac, I said, ‘Okay, this is what we’ve been working for since 1968,'” Nicks told bill board in 2014. “So, I said to Lindsey: you and I have to rebuild this relationship. We have a lot to lose here. We have to put our problems behind us.”.
The ‘Edge of Seventeen’ singer continued: “I got an apartment on Hollywood Boulevard, he moved back in with me and we rebuilt our relationship. We weren’t fighting over money, we were in a really nice place and we were going to work with these English hysterically fun every day, making good music.
However, their relationship began to unravel once more when Fleetwood Mac was writing their 1977 album ‘Rumours’.
Buckingham and Nicks’ relationship eventually ended, as did John and Christine McVie’s after almost ten years of marriage. Mick Fleetwood’s divorce from his partner Jenny Boyd was also in the final stages. This is what inspired Buckingham to write ‘Go Your Own Way’, which Nicks later admitted had a clear message for her, albeit “not a very nice one”.. Nicks wrote ‘Silver Springs’ in response, which was released as a B-side to ‘Go Your Own Way’.
“That’s when I realized that Lindsey would haunt me for the rest of my life, and she has,” he said of the song.
However, unlike the band Daisy Jones & The SixNicks stated that he would never “allow affairs to break with Fleetwood Mac”so she and Buckingham continued to shoot each other “glances to kill” over the years while performing songs about their strained relationship and breakup (via LA Times).ç
The first three episodes of ‘Everybody Loves Daisy Jones’ are now available on Amazon Prime Video.