Television series have become the avant garde that cinema once was. It’s raw, gritty and addicting. The most promising series, the new Martin Scorsese Mick Jagger collaboration on HBO, Vinyl has all the noise, heart wrenching drama and realism that could rival any of Scorsese’s early films; think Raging Bull married every 1970s music genre that changed the world…you’ll have the brilliant but painful, Vinyl.
Vinyl’s talented cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano and although the music drives the feel of this series, the characters are the real rhythm that pulses through the show. Although the popular Fox series Empire has taken the world by storm, Vinyl seems to only dangle glamour and fame over the real meat of the substance that is Vinyl. The inner torment of the makers, shakers and distributors of the 1970s music scene. It covers everything from Donny Osmond to Alice Cooper to the funk sounds of George Clinton to the New York Dolls. The fictional band, the Nasty Bits are a bite right out of the Sex Pistols reality and it leaves the viewer chomping at the bit for more dysfunction, inner demons and “I don’t give a !@!” attitudes. It is rumored that the lead singer of the Nasty Bits is the son of Mick Jagger himself, James Jagger.
Vinyl doesn’t just follow brilliant and damaged yet talented characters, it carries the viewer into another world, another era, another existence. The trip is worth the bumpy NYC cab ride it takes to get there. The first season series finale just ran in April 2016 and the second season can’t come fast enough. Attached is a show teaser video. Catch up on all episodes on HBO On Demand while you still can.
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