The new HBO series Vinyl premiered this week and it proved to be pure entertainment! With a plot set in the music industry in 1970’s New York, the show is created and produced by duo Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. Two brilliant minds from their respective crafts. Scorsese, having produced the prohibition classic Boardwalk Empire was probably a no-brainer for HBO, but how did rock legend Mick Jagger get brought into the new series?
Surprising as it may be, it’s actually not the first time that these two have come together for a collaboration. Scorsese worked with Jagger on the 2008 Rolling Stones documentary Shine A Light. The director has also used the Stones’ music in several of his films. As a big fan of music, Scorsese filmed The Last Waltz, a documentary chronicling the final concert of The Band, and No Direction Home, a doc centered on Bob Dylan.
Jagger has had plenty of experience as a film producer as well, credits include: 2011’s Enigma, a code-breaking movie set during WWII, and Get On Up, the James Brown biography from 2014. He is a credited writer, too. With a 1987 movie called Running Out Of Luck about a kidnapped rock singer being turned over to an oversexed, banana plantation owner.
It really is about time a music-loving filmmaker and film-loving music maker come together to create a musical drama. If you’re a fan of 1970’s era classic rock and blues, you should definitely make time to tune into “Vinyl” on HBO Sunday evenings, check your local listings for specific time zones.
Here’s a trailer for the show: