On February 15, HBO’s eagerly anticipated new show Vinyl, airs on Sky Atlantic.
The hype for the rock’n’roll series – which has been helmed by Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and acclaimed director Martin Scorsese – has already rollercoastered and last week the series launched with a special red carpet event in New York. NME headed down to the star-studded premiere to chat to the shows stars and producers – and you can see our videos from the event below.
Vinyl Premiere 2016: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Jack Quaid & More Share Their Rock & Roll Moments On Set
But before February 15 rolls around, here’s what we know so far about the show, which takes us through the highs and lows of 1970s New York.
Set around the decade’s debauched music scene – encompasing punk, disco and funk, the 10-part series is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter. It stars Bobby Cannavale, who won an Emmy for his performance as Gyp Rosetti in season three of Boardwalk Empire, as Richie, a cocaine-addicted record executive trying to relaunch his label American Century.
As well as Cannavale, the cast also includes Juno Temple, Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Dice Clay and Borgen’s Brigitte Sorenson. On the red carpet Jagger explained that it’s not just about sleazy nights out at CBGBs. “It’s a drama series so what you concentrate on is the characters and the narrative – you don’t concentrate on what things were really like or weren’t really like – although of course you have to get that right. It’s a given,” said Jagger. “It’s about the unfolding story and the way the characters work together.”
Jagger also explained that the idea for the show has been years in the making – it was turned into several movie scripts which they were never “100 per cent satisfied with” before it was decided to transform it into a TV show. Deciding to keep showbusiness in the family, Jagger’s 30-year-old son James has been cast in the show, playing Kip Stevens, the singer in fictional punk band The Nasty Bits. James said he didn’t base his role on his famous father, but admitted the 72-year-old Rolling Stone was helpful in offering his experience of the “socio-political zeitgest of the 70s.” Which is nice of him.
On the red carpet the cast were keeping pretty tight-lipped about the musical talent involved in creating the show’s soundtrack but dropped hints aplenty that we wouldn’t be disappointed and they’d been collaborating with some big names. In fact, after the first episode has aired, HBO will release a digital EP of the songs featured. We’ve already seen the tracklist for ‘Vinyl: Music from the HBO Original Series – Volume 1’, and it includes music from the late Otis Redding, a theme tune from new country artist Sturgill Simpson and Mott the Hoople, but we reckon there are more tricks up the shows sonic sleeve.