‘Vinyl’ is Gonna Rock

The trailer for Vinyl is here and I’m losing my mind.

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter teamed up to tell the story of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record label president navigating the cusp of a musical revolution. Olivia Wilde plays Devon, Richie’s wife, and Juno Temple, Ray Romano, and tons of other people also star.

Winter, who created, wrote, and executive produced Boardwalk Empire (which I’ve never seen) and wrote the screenplay for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (which I hated) serves as Vinyl‘s showrunner. Quite honestly, I’m not a big fan of Scorsese. I love him as a cute little old man who’s super excited about film preservation, but as a director he always sort of leaves me cold. As for Mick, my favorite thing about him is when everyone thought he was Ke$ha’s dad. I get that the Stones are a great and important band – “Gimme Shelter” is one of my favorite songs ever, though it’s all about Merry Clayton for me – but 80% of the time I’ll change the station if they come on the radio.

Despite being unimpressed by all the men in charge, I am majorly excited for Vinyl. Like most in my generation I long for the ’70s, and I’ve always been a dork about stories of music, musicians, and especially the rises and falls of the rich and famous, and the ebbs and flows of cultural fads. I had been more or less following the filming of the show through Olivia Wilde’s Instagram, and she’s becoming a favorite of mine, so I’m anxious to see whether her wife character will get much to do. Besides Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver, is Scorsese known for any great female characters?

The nostalgia and the fashion and the coolness is what is going to get me to borrow a friend’s HBO information and start watching the show, and it looks like the expected debauchery of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll will keep me there.

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