Even in our current world of many networks bringing us quality TV shows of all kinds, HBO still maintains its position on the top of the food chain. One new show that almost immediately gained a cult following was Vinyl, yet it has already been cancelled and will not be returning for a Season 2. Yet the engaging tale of the rock and roll scene in the 1970s gained a huge following and I am sure will remain an HBO favorite to many viewers.
Vinyl: Season 1 is the story of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record executive at a label called American Century. The company has fallen on hard times and is negotiating a sale to Polygram Records but Richie is convinced he can find the right acts to get American Century back on top. Along with his closest confidants Richie struggles to make something of his business, manage his personal relationships and get a handle on his many addictions, all while staying true to the spirit of rock n roll.
When Vinyl: Season 1 first hit the airwaves I watched the pilot but it didn’t catch. A little time went by and I settled down to give it a second chance and not only did it catch, it caught like wildfire. Producers Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese have obviously put a lot of effort into giving Vinyl: Season 1 a staggering sense of authenticity. The entire cast is phenomenal starting with Cannavale, an actor who really never gets his due, all the way through Jagger’s own son James Jagger, a brilliant turn by Ray Romano, Juno Temple and Olivia Wilde. And the directing duties are pretty star studded themselves with turns by Scorsese himself, Carl Franklin and Mark Romanek among others. The part that could have been the hardest part of the show ended up being the most impressive. A record label in the 70s is obviously going to encounter some major talent and Vinyl: Season 1 has no shortage of actors portraying some of the most iconic singers of all time, and all of them are done to perfection. John Cameron Mitchell as Andy Warhol, matt Bogart as Robert Goulet, Connor Hanwick as Lou Reed, Christian Peslack as David Johansen, Shawn Wayne Klush as an amazing Elvis Presley, Noah Bean as David Bowie and Dustin Ingram as a spot on Alice Cooper. Vinyl: Season 1 has everything anybody who loves good TV and rock n roll could want and more. We may never get any more of it but Vinyl: Season 1 is definitely worth visiting. Very highly recommended.