When HBO announced that they were partnering with Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire producer Terence Winter for a series about the New York music industry in the seamy underbelly of the ’70s, we were instantly excited. Vinyl, which debuted back in February, viewed the industry through the eyes of Richie Finestra (Boardwalk‘s Bobby Cannavale), the coked-up head of a record label looking to invigorate his label, American Century. There are a lot of events and characters based off of events that happened in the ’70s, with fictional versions of Alice Cooper, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin appearing in the series. Ray Romano, playing against type as Fenestra’s right hand man, is a lot of fun to watch, and Toothgrinder drummer Wills Weller even popped up on an episode.
Ultimately, the first season winds up navigating Finestra’s search for himself as much as it does the search for the next big thing. Mick Jagger executive-produced the series, and his son James has a role in the series as the singer of The Nasty Bits, a punk band that is brought to the label’s attention by Jamie Vine (Juno Temple). It being a Scorsese-produced series taking place in New York in the ’70s, of course the mafia is involved. And while Vinyl will have a different show runner next year, as Winter left at the end of season 1, we’ll be watching when season 2 begins.
We’ve got two copies of Vinyl on DVD to give away. To enter, all you need to do is fill out the form below and tell us about your favorite album you have on vinyl. If there’s a story that goes with it, tell us about it. If you don’t have any vinyl, we’ll accept stories about CD’s cassettes, and whatever else. Just don’t tell us about your favorite MP3, because that’s lame.
You can buy season one of Vinyl on DVD or Blu-Ray here.