Is 'Daisy Jones and the Six' based on Fleetwood Mac's IRL romantic drama?

The band drama is the stuff of rock legend, but is 'Daisy Jones and the Six' based on Fleetwood Mac?

Is Daisy Jones and the Six based on Fleetwood Mac? Pictured: (Left to Right): Sebastian Chacon (Warren Rojas), Will Harrison (Graham Dunne), Josh Whitehouse (Eddie Roundtree) Suki Waterhouse (Karen Sirko), Sam Claflin (Billy Dunne)
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That groovy trailer had us wondering: is Daisy Jones and the Six based on Fleetwood Mac? 

Our screen time is about to encounter the holy trinity of the '70s—sex, drugs and rock 'n roll—with the premiere of the Daisy Jones and the Six series on Friday, March 3. Taylor Jenkins-Reid's novel of the same name, on which the new show is based, had already earned a comfortable spot on many a book bestseller list before Reese Witherspoon's production company turned it into a show for  Prime Video.

As we prepare to snag a front-row seat to all of the musical melodrama, we can't help but get Stevie Nicks vibes from Daisy Jones, from its soundtrack to the '70s fashion trends and, of course, the story itself. 

But is Daisy Jones and the Six inspired by Fleetwood Mac directly? Here's what we know.

Is 'Daisy Jones and the Six' based on Fleetwood Mac?

Yes, Daisy Jones and the Six is loosely based on the seminal British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, particularly Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's famously tumultuous romantic relationship and the group's iconic 1977 album, Rumours. 

"Fleetwood Mac are a band and a soap opera," author Taylor Jenkins-Reid told The Guardian about the musicians' real-life romance and the dynamics that took place within Fleetwood Mac. 

For those who are unaware—or, perhaps, too young to know about the band's behind-the-scenes drama—singer Stevie Nicks and lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham originally met in high school but became more serious in the mid-to-late '70s. They started dating, broke up and ended up having to make things work, as they were both in the same band. 

"We were breaking up when we joined Fleetwood Mac," Nicks told Tavi Gevinson in an interview for The New Yorker. "So we just put our relationship kind of back together, because I was smart enough to know that, if we had broken up the second month of being in Fleetwood Mac, it would have blown the whole thing."

Their eventual breakup fueled the writing and recording of the band's album, Rumours, as did the split between fellow band members John and Christine McVie. Though it might've been a painful transition for the musicians, it did produce some unforgettable music: "Dreams," which Nicks wrote about Buckingham, and "Go Your Own Way," which he wrote about Nicks.

In the book-turned-series, Daisy Jones (played by Riley Keough in the show) finds herself entangled with a rock band, The Six, and its beguiling frontman, Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). They make great music together, but something catastrophic tears their relationship apart. In this fictional documentary-style story, we find out what exactly sends the musicians—and lovers—in different directions. 

Jenkins-Reid is completely engrossed by the 1970s, but she insisted she wanted to reexamine the decade from a female point of view with Daisy Jones

"Seventies rock is a fun space to tell a story in, but it is dominated by white males. I wanted to tell a story that felt authentic, but focused on the people I’m interested in writing about: women and women of color," the author revealed to The Guardian. "Daisy, the keyboardist Karen, Billy’s wife Camila, Daisy’s best friend Simone, a disco star very loosely based on Donna Summer—those were the most important characters for me."

Now it's all starting to come together. To find out what happens to Billy and Daisy, you're going to have to tune in. And while you're at it, be sure to check out the novel, too!

Daisy Jones & the Six premieres on Friday, March 3, on Prime Video. Episodes will drop weekly on Fridays until March 24. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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