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10 Things You Need To Know About… Vinyl
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10 Things You Need To Know About… Vinyl

Vinyl is a lavish new drama from HBO and it hits DVD shelves on Monday (June 6th).  

The show stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive trying to resurrect his label American Century, which is suffering from a bloated roster, expensive habits and is in desperate need of some new talent. We follow him, his staff, his family and his various enemies as he navigates the hectic, vibrant and substance-fuelled world of music in New York in the late 1970s.

Joining Cannavale are Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Jack Quaid, while the show has a seriously heavyweight creative team, with Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter among the creators and Scorsese himself on directorial duties for the show’s first episode.

To celebrate the show’s release on DVD (including a version exclusive to hmv with a bonus disc), we’ve gathered together 10 things you need to know about HBO’s epic new series...

 

Jagger and Scorsese have been trying to get this together for a long time…

Mick Jagger has revealed that he first gave the idea to Scorsese in the mid-1990s, but thought it’d make a good feature film. It’s taken them a long time to get it together, but winning Oscars and playing stadiums with The Rolling Stones have got in the way...

 

Bobby Cannavale leads the way and he’s on top form…

Cannavale leads a big ensemble cast, but he’s very much the main man and the show’s standout performer.

 

The supporting cast are brilliant too…

They really are, there are loads of excellent turns, Ray Romano is a particular revelation as Zak Yankovich, the head of promotions at American Century and a man with a very dodgy past.

 

It’s very debauched…

This is not a family show, there are copious amounts of drugs, violent scenes and a lot of very bad behaviour. It’s very entertaining.

 

There are loads of real-life bands to spot…

Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and The Velvet Underground are among the many artists who are recreated on the show. It’s fun to see who you can spot...

 

Mick Jagger’s son has a key role…

James plays Kip Stevens, frontman of The Nasty Bits, a punk band American Century become interested in and he’s a snarling marvel.

 

The opening episode has an incredible ending and that’s a true story…

The series’ feature length pilot ends with a venue literally collapsing around Richie as he catches the New York Dolls in action, not only is it incredible to watch, but it really happened, the Mercer Arts Center, a venue in Greenwich Village, crumbled to dust in 1973.

 

The showrunner has a great track record…

As well as working on The Sopranos, Terence Winter was also the creator and showrunner for megahit Boardwalk Empire, another show that focused on a fraught and substance-soaked period in American history.

 

The soundtrack is incredible…

The likes of Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Jess Glynne and Sturgill Simpson are among the artists on the soundtrack who’ve contributed new tracks. You can check it out here in our online store.

 

There’s already a second series confirmed…

It’s being prepared right now…



Vinyl is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (June 6th). You can pre-order it here from hmv's online store. 

Vinyl: The Complete First Season
Vinyl: The Complete First Season Bobby Cannavale

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