Details have emerged of Vinyl, the music industry drama series set in New York during the disco and punk era, created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.
Vinyl is based on Jagger’s initial idea of two friends who survive for four decades in the music industry. It has been turned into a show about struggling record company boss Richie Finestra, who sets out to revive his label by trying to find talent in New York’s disco and punk scenes. The nine-part series will air on HBO in 2016.
Finestra is played by Bobby Cannavale, best known for playing gangster Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, the HBO series also produced by Scorsese. Finestra’s model wife Devon is played by Olivia Wilde from long-running medical drama House, while Jagger’s son James Jagger plays Kip Stevens, singer in fictional punk band The Nasty Bits.
Scriptwriters on Vinyl include Terence Winter, who wrote The Sopranos and The Wolf Of Wall Street, and Breaking Bad writer George Mastras. Other actors include Birgitte Sorenson (journalist Katrine Fonsmark in BBC4 political drama Borgen) and Juno Temple, who appeared in Oscar-winning film Atonement.
The Rough Trade record shop in Brooklyn has been transformed into a branch of US record store Sam Goody for the show.
Jagger and Scorsese first worked together when the veteran film-maker directed a documentary, Shine A Light, about The Rolling Stones’ 2006 concert at New York’s Beacon Theater on the band’s ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour.