It took about forty minutes into the premiere episode of Vinyl to hook me but I’m in for the long haul.
The 1970s era story of record label owner Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) has everything you’d want in a HBO show. The cinematic touch of Scorsese, the writing of Sopranos vet Terrance Winter, the insider info of executive producer Mick Jagger, drugs, music, and an orgy scene with Andrew “Dice” Clay that you’ll forget all about the moment he gets…Ok, I don’t want to ruin it. Plus there’s Olivia Wilde looking unbelievable.
This isn’t the first time Scorsese and Jagger have worked together, as the video above shows, but Vinyl is hands-down their best collaboration.
Here are three quick reasons to at least watch episode one. First, some of this shit has to be true because Mick Jagger is involved and he lived it and Scorsese and Winter give it the Goodfellas vibe with that “some shit is about to go down at any second” feel like when watching The Sopranos. Like remember you’d watch The Sopranos and your heart would just race for forty-five straight minutes? Yeah, like that, but with better music and more drugs. WAY, WAY more drugs.