James Jagger stars in new HBO series 'Vinyl', produced by his father
Mick Jagger‘s son has said he prefers The Kinks to The Rolling Stones.
James Jagger, the Stones frontman’s second oldest child with model Jerry Hall, is due to star in Vinyl, the new HBO drama series produced by his father and Martin Scorsese, and set in the music industry in 1970s New York.
Speaking to the Independent ahead of the show’s premiere next week (February 15), the 30-year-old actor said: “When people ask me if I prefer the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, then I will always say the Rolling Stones. But if someone asks if I prefer the Rolling Stones or The Kinks, I’d choose The Kinks.”
He also discussed the pressures of being the child of famous parents, saying he has always “valued anonymity” even though he is “incredibly proud of all [my dad’s] achievements, and I’m very proud to be his son”. “The British press want a working-class hero, a boy-done-good; they don’t want someone from a family of entertainers to be successful – it doesn’t fit with their schism,” he explained.
Jagger has been cast in Vinyl as the singer of a fictional punk band called The Nasty Bits. The show’s ensemble cast also includes include Juno Temple, Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Dice Clay and Borgen‘s Birgitte Sorenson.
Bobby Cannavale, who won an Emmy for his performance as Gyp Rosetti in season three of Boardwalk Empire, stars as Richie, a cocaine-addicted record executive trying to relaunch his label in New York as the new sounds of disco and punk bubble up from the underground.
It was recently announced that the full soundtrack for the series will be released on February 12. ‘Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series — Volume 1’ will feature music from the opening episode of the show including songs by Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson, Mott the Hoople, and more.
David Johansen has re-recorded New York Dolls’ ‘Personality Crisis’ as the Vinyl theme song while ‘Rotten Apple’ is a song by The Nasty Bits.
After the first episode has aired, HBO will release a digital EP every Friday before a new episode airs on the Sunday. Pitchfork reports that artists confirmed to have contributed songs to these EPs include Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop, Charli XCX, the Arcs, Chris Cornell, Trey Songz, Jessie J, Nate Ruess, Royal Blood, Jess Glynne and Charlie Wilson.
A second full-length soundtrack, ‘Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series — Volume 1: Finale’, will then be released on April 15.
Sky Atlantic has confirmed they will be airing Vinyl in a simulcast with the US at 2am on February 15, with a repeat at 9pm.