Vinyl is a brand new show that aired on HBO on February 14th, 2016. The show has already been picked up for a second season. Produced by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, #Vinyl is set in the 1970’s and explores the trials and tribulations of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) as he tried to revive his dying record label, “American Century”.
The show is set in New York City and provides a portrayal of the darker side of the music scene in the 1970’s – where sex and drugs dominated the industry at the time of the “dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop”. The first season will consist of ten episodes. Martin Scorsese directed the first episode and had confirmed that he will direct other episodes throughout the season.
Who is on the cast of this new show?
As previously stated, Bobby Cannavale will play Richie Finestra, a record executive who is attempting to revive the old record label named “American Century”. Alongside Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor plays Maury Gold, the charismatic record company owner. P.J. Byrne plays Scott Leavitt, who is at the head of the legal department for American Century.
Max Casella played Julian Silver, who is the head of A & R at the record label. Ray Romano (from Everybody Loves Raymond) plays Zak Yankovich, who is Richie’s sidekick in the show and also the head of production at American Century. Olivia Wilde plays Devon Finestra, who is Richie’s wife and a retired actress/movie star from the 1960’s. James Jagger, who is Mick Jagger’s son, plays Kip Stevens who is the lead vocalist in an early punk band called “Nasty Bits”.
What does Mick Jagger have to say about the show?
Mick Jagger, who is still busy touring with the Rolling Stones (they are currently in Latin America), has been staying quite busy with various projects producing TV series, films and documentaries. Even though Jagger has more experience than your average Joe in the music industry, (especially during the era in which the drama is set in the 1970’s), he has stated that the show is based on fiction and lots of it.
In a recent interview, Jagger stated, “Obviously it’s fictional. It’s a drama series, and in a drama series, you really want to bring out the character, the narrative. Having said that, of course you also want to instill in people the sense of the times, and you want them to buy in to that. You have to make it believable. That’s our over-arching goal, whether it’s actually true or not”.
Mick Jagger’s son James Jagger
Jagger went on to say that filming the show did remind him of music life back in the 1970’s when the Stones were “dominating the music scene and the world”. Jagger is also very excited that his thirty-year old son is starring in the show. And it turns out he thought his son was right for the role, “Well, first of all, I thought he was really good, so I didn’t have to worry too much. I mean, if he was really, really, not good, maybe I wouldn’t have been the one to tell him. I was really pleased with his performance”.
Father and son Jagger collaborated on the song “Rotten Apple” which was performed by the fictional band, “Nasty Bits” in the debut episode of the show.
What’s down the road?
While this show is brand new, many fans and critics have already placed high hopes on it. On some review websites, fans are already predicting that #Vinyl will be nominated for the Emmy award for “Best Drama Series”. Actor, PJ Byne has voiced his excitement that the show has already been picked up for a second season, describing the set as “very loose and free”.
Byrne went on to say, “None of us had ever acted together in the same room, but even on that first day, in those first moments, we felt so comfortable. Marty creates the environment…and that’s when the magic happens”.
Many of the characters on @Vinyl are often seen snorting cocaine. In a recent interview, Byrne stated that he didn’t know how anybody got anything done back in the early 1970’s when
What are your thoughts? Does this show appeal to or intrigue you? Will you tune in to watch it?