Daisy Jones & The Six Review – Legendary, Explosive, Entertaining

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Daisy Jones & The Six, from Amazon Prime, presents a rock and roll musical drama based loosely on the rock band Fleetwood Mac, and tells a fictionalized story of life as a music star in the 1970s.

The story begins with a brief introduction. Twenty years ago, Daisy Jones & The Six were the hottest band in the country and just played a sold-out crowd at Chicago's Solider Field. No one knew when the band walked off the stage it would be the last show they ever played.

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This is where the episode begins. Billy Dunne, played by Sam Claflin, is sitting for a documentary and the story of The Dunne Brothers, the prelude band to The Six, begins to unfold. From Pittsburg, Billy Dunne, at this point, want to be brooding rock star of his hometown. The cool guy, that carried his guitar around, always jotting down the small phrases that came to his mind, mysterious and unusual, different and in the late 1960s a magnet for the girls of his town.

His brother, Graham, played by Will Harrison, Eddie Roundtree, played by Josh Whitehouse, Warren Rojas, played by Sebastian Charcon and in the early days Chuck Loving, played by Jack Romano, the original bassist for the band. Graham understood how to gently nudge his brother into playing with the band; all he had to say was "why don't you show us how it is done?"

Next thing everyone knew, they were The Dunne Brothers, and with Billy's aspiration they were headed for Hollywood and superstardom. So, in an old beat up Volkswagen bus, the band, minus, the bassist who decided to go to dental school and the new addition of Billy's girlfriend, Camila, played by Camila Morrone, they head off to L.A.

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In their big-league naiveté, they arrive and immediately, like before they even stop to find a place to live, they visit Rod Reyes, played by Timothy Olyphant, who had heard them play in Pittsburgh, and told them LA was the place where the music scene was happening, and if by chance you make it out there look me up.

Throughout the episodes, we don't meet the documentarian behind the camera, we do bounce from past to present. And during this first episode we also meet a young Daisy Jones, a native Angeleno, who grew up in affluence, and was an afterthought. She had her mother's talent and her father's money, and neither cared the least bit about her.

She became an LA wild child with musical aspirations. With her own mind, her own beliefs, a stubbornness, hurricane volatility and a song writing gift, she slowly evolves. She meets another aspiring singer, Simone Jackson, played by Nabiyah Be, who is more serious, at the time, about her career and her influence influences Daisy and one night they play The Troubadour and meet Teddy Price, played by Tom Wright, every musician's dream producer.

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And this is the beginning. As the episodes unfold, the success of The Six is hard won, they pickup keyboardist, Karen, played by Suki Waterhouse, and the band begins to take on new dimensions. A chance meeting with Teddy Price helps them get closer to their dream which begins to spiral out of control as the trappings of celebrity close in.

While fame is hard won, forgiveness for fucking the chance is harder. And for all intent and purposes, by episode three The Six are right back where they started only in Laurel Canyon with little direction and only one connection.

Daisy Jones & The Six is a trip through rock and roll history, a fictionalized insider's access to music studios, recording sessions, backstage, touring and the free-flowing legendary sex, drugs and rock and roll attitude that made the 1970s rock scene one to remember.

The cast brings together a dynamic energy, which translates and is palpable. Riley Keough, who is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, does her own singing as does Sam Claflin, which was a bit surprising as he is not usually known as a singer. The two of them have a stratospheric explosive energy and the unpredictability of their relationship hits the viewer like a sledgehammer.

Daisy Jones & The Six is an addicting, binge worthy series that is streaming now on Prime. See it.

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Country: U.S.

Language: English.

Runtime: 10 episodes/48-66 minutes.

Director: James Ponsoldt, Nzingha Stewart, Will Graham.

Producer: Josie Craven, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Amanda Kay,

Writer: Scott Nuestadter, Michael H. Weber, Jenny Klein, Nora Kirkpatrick, Will Graham, Stacy Traub, Charmaine DeGrate, Susan Coyne, Jihan Crowther, Liz Koe, Judaline Neira, Harris Danow.

Cast: Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Camila Morrone, Will Harrison, Sebastian Chacon, Josh Whitehouse, Nabiyah Be, Tom Wright, Timothy Olyphant, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacqueline Obradors, Ross Partridge, Ayesha Harris, Jack Romano, Nick Pupo, Nicole LaLiberte, Chris Diamantopoulos, Olivia Rose Keegan, Gavin Drea, Lily Donoghue.

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