Jagger, Scorsese team for HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

The new HBO series set in the world of New York’s 1970s music scene is causing a stir on the streets of metropolis, as tune boomers see haunts like the rock club Max’s Kansas City and the Sam Goody retail outlet recreated for filming.


Another oldie but Goody from the vinyl era.

Described by HBO as “A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, seen through the eyes of a record label president trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path,” the show features Jagger as producer and Scorsese and creator Terence Winter as executive producers. Scorsese also directs the pilot, premiering in 2016.


Seminal rock club Max’s Kansas City is one of the venues recreated for the HBO series “Vinyl.”

Winter, who is also the show-runner, scripted Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street and at HBO was a producer on seven seasons of “The Sopranos” as well as the creator and executive producer of “Boardwalk Empire.”

Scorsese, an avowed rock fan, is renowned for his strategic use of prerecorded hits as needle drops to underscore drama in films like Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed and Wolf of Wall Street, to name a few, including Jagger-Richards hits such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Can You Hear Me Knockin,'” “Sweet Virginia” and “Let it Loose.” He directed the 2008 documentary about the Rolling Stones, Shine A Light.

His soundtracks reflect wide tastes ranging from the Ray Charles and The Ronettes to Warren Zevon. to The director’s knowledge of rock history is literally encyclopedic, with a long history of cinematic explorations on the theme, starting with 1978’s The Last Waltz and continuing through 2011’s George Harrison Living in the Material World. He executive produced the seven-hour PBS 2003 docu series “The Blues” (resulting in a 10-track companion release Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Jimi Hendrix) and specials about Eric Clapton and Peter Gabriel.

Scorsese is currently executive producing an authorized look at the Grateful Dead that is scheduled for a 2016 release timed to the band’s 50th anniversary, and he’s been developing a biopic about Frank Sinatra he plans to direct.

“Vinyl” starsBobby Cannavale at the record exec Richie Finestra with additional series regulars to include Jagger’s son James Jagger, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid and Paul Ben-Victor. In addition to Scorsese and Winter, executive producers  include Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter.

Max’s Kansas City showcased live rock from 1965 to 1982, and is credited as the birthplace of punk and glam.  Other locations being recreated to conjure the era include Sam Goody retail outlets and Andy Warhol’s pantheon of pop, The Factory.

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