SCORSESE, JAGGER TAKE ’70S FOR A SPIN
Rock’n’roll in the ’70s is back, and Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese are its caretakers.
New series Vinyl smacks you in the face with serious 1970s nostalgia, overflowing with all that it should be — crime, sex, drugs and money.
Starring Bobby Cannavale (above), Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano, it’s the period tale of record executive Richie Finestra — Cannavale — who is living on life’s edge with a beleaguered label on the hunt for the next big thing.
Wilde plays his wife — a former Andy Warhol muse — with Romano his employee.
Woven with period music and characters from 1973, the series has its genesis in Jagger’s hopes for a film.
Jagger had nurtured the idea for years before taking it to Scorsese.
Once the TV series was funded, Jagger acted as a consultant on the period and the industry, saying of his business experience in the ’70s: “I got really involved in record companies and how they worked and who was good, who was bad, who paid who, who screwed who, who ended up with the money.”
Scorsese said he came to the project not only as a filmmaker but as a consumer of rock’n’roll.
“I’m (Jagger’s) audience, and that music, when I first heard it all the way through to the ’70s and ’80s and into now, it’s stuff that is basically the inspiration for a lot of the visualisations that I have of scenes throughout my films.”
Cannavale spent time with Jagger for the role.
“Not so much on the character, but we talked about the era,” Cannavale said. “For me, what’s really helpful is Mick letting me hang around him. It’s really good for me to see how people behave around Mick.”
Show runner Terrence Winter of Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos fame said the equation was a no-brainer.
“Those two guys and this subject matter, absolutely I’m into this,” he said.
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