‘Daisy Jones and the Six,’ Rocks the ’70s Rock with Emotion

Daisy Jones & the Six: All the Biggest Changes From Book to Series

Daisy Jones & the Six — the saga of sex, drugs, and rock and roll starring Riley Keough. The first 3 episodes of the series, adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel of the same name and produced by Reese Witherspoon.

“Daisy Jones & the Six” starts with such promise but struggles to build on the foundation set in the first few episodes over the next 10 hours of an over-long season that doesn’t use its massive running time in the right way.

Each episode uses the title of a vintage song while employing a faux-documentary-style format as the band members look back, 20 years later, at how they came together in the 1970s, before suddenly breaking up at the top of their game.

Adapted from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling 2019 novel, “Daisy Jones & the Six” uses the tempestuous creative and personal dynamics within the band Fleetwood Mac to tell its own story of a ‘70s band that burned out instead of fading away.

It’s a spicy setup even if the cliches it traffics in are obvious: repression vs. honesty, hedonism vs. restraint. The rock star’s wife should be the clear loser here, a pallid enforcer of bourgeois social norms competing against the truth-telling iconoclast.

The unexpectedly complex and restrained dynamics of this love triangle are what the show manages best, even if it drags on for 10 episodes. Keough plays Daisy firmly but with a fascinating combination of frank, take-no-prisoners ferocity and stochastic, captivating warmth.

Lester Bangs famously said in “Almost Famous,” “The only real currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re sober.” “Daisy Jones and the Six” is too concerned with cool rather than finding the real coin beneath the mask of rock history.