‘Daisy Jones And The Six’s Drama Could Outdo Fleetwood Mac’s, Scott Neustadter Explains

A real event, a breakup, inspired Taylor Jenkins Reed’s book ‘Daisy Jones & The Six,’ which was later adapted into an Amazon TV series. The dramatic breakup was unsurprisingly inspired by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s relationship, but according to the executive producer of the TV show, Scott Neustadter, realized very quickly that the storyline could actually outdo the real thing.

Of course, Fleetwood Mac’s amazing performances and Stevie Nicks’ angelic voice are the main reasons the band has fans all around the world. However, the band is also famous for its romances, especially the romantic relationship between the two important members, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. It’s no surprise that such emotional music makers also lived their lives with intensity. Their relationship looked so beautiful and pure on stage; hence, a lot of hearts were broken when the couple decided to split up. A series of dramas throughout the years brought the end of the band as it was and caused tension between the members, leading to lawsuits.

But a little girl was watching the band on television and was in awe of the relationship between Stevie and Lindsey. Their breakup affected her immensely, yet inspired her to create a book. This little girl became Taylor Jenkins Reed, a best-selling author, and decided to write down a romance novel inspired by the two’s relationship, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six.’ This book became a very sought-after story and was later adapted into an Amazon special mini-series.

Although this type of romantic and dramatic show brings many people in front of the screen, the series’ executive producer, Scott Neustadter, was unsure of the idea when he first got the book. He didn’t want the Stevie and Lindsey drama resolved as it was an iconic theme of the band in real life. He said that the show would not outdo the real thing but still went on with it.

In his recent interview with Kyle Meredith, he told the story:

“So back in 2017, Taylor Jenkins finished writing the book and sent it to her manager as an email. He read it; it was unpublished, unfinished, uncorrected. For whatever reason, Brad thought of me because I guess we talked about music in the past. He knew I was kind of a music junkie and he thought I’d get a kick out of it, so he sent it my way. ‘Rumors’ and Fleetwood Mac were obviously something that I care about passionately and really love.

I started reading this book, pretty convinced I wasn’t going to love it because how can you outdo the drama and the greatness of that true story? But I got about a hundred pages in, and I was like, ‘this is fantastic.’ I did something I wasn’t supposed to do. My wife had just started running film and television for research where Reese Witherspoon’s new company Hello Sunshine, and I knew they were looking for projects.

I said to her, ‘Have you heard about this Daisy book? Because I know you’re gonna love it, and I know Reese is going to love it.’ Because Reese and I had once talked about Stevie Nicks and our mutual love of that story. So I said, ‘You got to get your hand on this book,’ and she did. Together, we did a full-court press on Taylor and convinced her to go with us to make the TV show.”

The novel was released in 2019, and the TV series was just released at the beginning of March 2023. The show generally has favorable reviews, and it is expected to become more and more popular over time. How Stevie or Lindsey feels about the book and the show, we don’t know. But it has been openly announced at the beginning that those two were the inspirations. Hence, the fans are seeking commentary from them.