By Thomas Dimopoulos
At 9pm on Sunday (February 14), HBO will launch its much-anticipated new series, “Vinyl.” The 10-part series – which takes place in the electrifying New York City rock ‘n’ roll scene of the ’70s – runs through April. The series is produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”), and Scorsese directs this weekend’s two-hour debut.
“Mick Jagger had an idea for this movie about New York in the mid-‘70s and the different musical scenes that were happening there,” said Will Hermes, during a recent gathering organized by the Yaddo arts colony at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs. Hermes, senior critic at Rolling Stone and author of “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music, Forever,” had just come off an interview with Mick Jagger and had been privy to a preview screening of the series’ premiere.
“It’s about a fictional record producer who might be based on some sort of mash-up of Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and some of these other record company guys, and Andrew Dice Clay plays this psychotic radio guy who’s just huffing cocaine in Plato’s Retreat or something,” Hermes said. The series stars Bobby Cannevale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple and James Jagger (yes, Mick’s son).