There will be a new series on Home Box Office (HBO). The program entitled Vinyl is the brainchild of Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese. HBO has announced the series is airing in 2016. The nine-part series theme is set in the 1970s rock and punk music scene.
HBO has been providing its subscribers with premium programming since 1975. While there are no real statistics on the number of subscribers HBO has, it is estimated there are over 28 million. This number has been supplied by a media research company called SNL Kagen. With that number of subscribers, Vinyl has many potential viewers.
According to reports, Jagger and Scorsese have been working on this project for years. Their beginning premise was about two friends who are part of the music industry. The friends were to have survived four decades within the industry. However, the theme has changed.
The series is now based on a fictional record company. The company’s name is American Century Records, which is owned by Richie Finestra. The actor portraying Finestra is Bobby Cannavale. The program’s premise is about a “struggling record company” owner’s attempt to revive its label. The plan is to find new artists from “New York’s disco and punk scenes.”
Actress Olivia Wilde plays Devon, the wife of the record company’s owner. Also appearing in the series is Jagger’s son, James Jagger, who portrays Kip Stevens, the lead singer for the “fictional punk band called The Nasty Bits.” Andrew Dice Clay will play “the owner of a chain of radio stations.” Meanwhile, Birgitte Sorenson and Juno Temple are also providing their talent for Vinyl. This HBO, Mick Jagger, and Martin Scorsese series will air in 2016.
This is the second project Jagger and Scorsese have worked on together. The documentary Shine A Light was about a 2006 concert in New York. The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang tour concert was filmed at the Beacon Theater. Scorsese was the director of the documentary, which was released in 2008. According to IMDb, the documentary was filmed over a two-day period in the “intimate Beacon Theater” and focused on the energy of The Rolling Stones. The documentary was also known as Shine A Light: The IMAX Experience.
The Rolling Stones singer turned 72 on his recent birthday, which occurred on Jul. 26, 2015. Not only has Jagger announced, “I’m not thinking about retirement,” but as reported on NME, he wants to record a new album with The Rolling Stones. This rocker is not alone being an older performer. Keith Richards, also of The Rollings Stones, is 71-years-old and Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, is 67-years-old.
There have been over 60 albums released by The Rolling Stones, who have also called themselves The Stones during the band’s history. The group began in 1962 and was named after the song by Muddy Waters called Rollin’ Stone. Richards is still with the band but is releasing a solo album entitled, Crosseyed Heart.This is his first solo album in 23 years, and it features a duet with Nora Jones called Illusion, which was co-written by Jones.Billboard announced the album was scheduled to be released in September 2015.
HBO has another project in the works with rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith, who is also an actor. The miniseries is still untitled, according to an article in Rolling Stone Magazine. The program is based on 14-year-old Emmett Till’s brutal murder in 1955. The African-American youth was killed for talking to a “white girl.” This murder was a “major catalyst in the emerging Civil Rights movement.” This is the third collaboration between Jay-Z and Smith.
The Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, and HBO project, Vinyl, is scheduled to be aired sometime in 2016. HBO offers well-known stars, producers, and directors opportunities to create as well as produce projects, which will be aired on the popular premium cable company.
By Cathy Milne
Edited By Leigh Haugh
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IMDb: Shine A Light
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