‘Daisy Jones and The Six’
One of my favorite groups is Fleetwood Mac. The band has a great repertoire of songs. And there’s the stormy relationship between singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. My favorite Fleetwood Mac tune is “Silver Springs,” which I heard for the first time when I bought the album “The Dance.” I only started liking the group back in the mid-’90s, so I had a lot to catch up on. “Silver Springs” is about the ending of Buckingham and Nicks’ relationship. To me, the lyrics are powerful and tender at the same time.
There’s a lot of similarities to Fleetwood Mac and a book I started reading by Taylor Jenkins Reid, “Daisy Jones and The Six.” In an article Reid wrote on the Hello Sunshine website, she talked about watching Fleetwood Mac’s reunion show for “The Dance” and noticed during Nicks’ performance of “Landslide,” how Nicks kept looking back at Buckingham, “her expression warm and intimate, but cryptic.” Reid wrote that the two band members moved closer to one another, smiling tenderly and that she thought they were in love with each other. Reid said that her mother told her that Nicks and Buckingham once dated but they weren’t together anymore.
So more than 20 years later, Reid wants to write a book about rock’n’roll and that flashback to “The Dance” came to mind. She researched Fleetwood Mac and other bands to create “Daisy Jones.”
Two of the book-related Facebook pages I belong to have hyped up Reid’s book for a few months, so I was happy to nab a copy when it became available through the Plum Creek Library system’s e-book collection. It reads like an interview with Daisy Jones, band members from The Six, the band’s manager, tech crew, etc. Kind of like what you’d see on VH-1’s “Behind the Music” or read in Rolling Stone. Some people have noted they don’t like the format Reid used for her book. I find it easy and quick to read and the story intriguing.
Daisy Jones is the daughter of a British painter and a French model who was basically ignored by her parents, so she mostly does what she wants. She has a gravelly, yet notable singing voice compared to Janis Joplin and she is also beautiful. She also wants to perform her own stuff. The story starts in the early to mid-1970s, and the Six is also trying to make a go of things. The frontman of the band is Billy Dunne, who battled his own demons with alcohol and drugs. He married his pregnant girlfriend and went into recovery. He didn’t go see his baby daughter until two months after she was born because he was ashamed. Daisy also has her own issues with drugs as well.
It was suggested that Billy do a duet with Daisy to create a hit, which happened. The two together are explosive, especially when it comes to writing and performing songs. Eventually there’s an attraction between the two, but I’m not to that point in the book quite yet.
And as I’m reading the book, I can definitely picture Nicks and Buckingham. — that world of rock ‘n’ roll and the temptations that go with it. Being a fan of music, I’m eating this book up.