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‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ and the Ballad of Making Rock ’n’ Roll TV


When Nzingha Stewart, who directed 4 episodes, envisioned a montage wherein Billy and Daisy visited dozens of radio stations, the production design crew built one radio broadcasting booth that Kender remade over and once more with decals and details summoning Tulsa, Dallas and Fort Value. In a concert scene, merch stands are piled with band T-shirts, like one with a sepia photo of Keough that reads, “Daisy Jones and the Six: Amsterdam, the Netherlands 5 Jun 1976.”

Denise Wingate, the costume designer, once traveled with the Eighties band the Bangles. When she read “Daisy Jones,” she said, “I used to be like, ‘I even have to do it.’” Through the pandemic delay, she spent hours each day searching eBay and vintage sites. Once lockdowns eased, she said, “I went to flea markets every weekend for a yr.”

And she or he fielded requests. When Keough asked for “Stevie Nicks vibes” for the Soldier Field performance, Wingate found a Halston caftan in gold lamé that she cut up the front to show it right into a cape and paired with a vintage metallic crochet dress. (“Daisy’s wardrobe was a real highlight of my life,” Keough wrote.)

To search out inspiration for the “Aurora” album cover, Wingate made a mood board featuring Nicks in a billowing white dress. In the duvet that resulted, Billy is in a denim shirt and Daisy wears a dress much like the one Nicks wore, which Wingate had made. Just because it is described within the book, the rock stars are staring into one another’s eyes, but an area exists between them.

For Reid, who imagined this story and took it from her head to paper starting in 2016, it’s hard to consider it’s all happening. “In case your book is like your baby,” she said, “then the variation is like my grandchild. I don’t really get to take credit, but boy am I so happy with them.”

She is thrilled by the show, she said. “When I believe of Daisy now, I see Riley’s face. When I believe of Billy, I believe of Sam.”

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