Racy HBO drama to probe sex, drugs, rock n’roll of the 70s


I haven’t been as excited about a rock release in years. We’ve known since 2011 that Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger are collaborating on a “70s rock drama.” And now we have a name for it: “Vinyl.” The HBO drama will be an ongoing TV show with an initial release slated for 2016.

Except a raw, uncensored show that’s got plenty of input from one of rock’s maddest party animals: Jagger himself. Jagger’s original idea sounds at least somewhat autobiographical. He envisioned a movie about “two friends who survive for four decades in the music industry.”

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The idea has metamorphosed into a nine-part series. “Set in 1970s New York, the series will explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.”

Scorsese has already filmed a pilot for the series, and work is underway on subsequent episodes. The show will star Jagger’s son James, Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale and House’s Olivia Wilde. Vinyl has some serious writing power behind it. Per NME: “Scriptwriters on Vinyl include Terence Winter, who wrote The Sopranos and The Wolf Of Wall Street, and Breaking Bad writer George Mastras.”

Expect a no-holds-barred look at rock life in the ’70s. What more could we ask for?

Photo credit: “Shine a Light World Premiere Berlinale” by Uli Schmidt – http://www.flickr.com/photos/cinematography/2250613962/in/faves-61553366@N06/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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