HBO's latest drama Vinyl will take fans back to the 1970s world of rock and roll. Seen through the eyes of record label president, Richie Finestra played by Bobby Cannavale, the series will highlight his struggle to save the company by doing what is best, but without hurting anyone in the process.
The show is created by celebrated director/producer Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. It will premiere on 14 February at 9pm ET on HBO. Apart from Cannavale, who will play the chief of the record label, the series will star Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, Ray Romano, Andrew Dice Clay and Jagger's son, James, who will play the lead singer of a fictional band called the Nasty Bits.
The show will feature soundtracks by Otis Redding, Sturgill Simpson, David Johansen and other famed musicians. According to Billboard, Atlantic Records and Warner Bros Records will release Vinyl: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 1, which will be followed by weekly releases throughout the show's 10-episode run.
Volume 1 of the musical will feature 18 tracks that appear in the premiere episode, ranging from The Jimmy Castor Bunch's, It's Just Begun; Edgar Winter's Frankenstein, Ruth Brown's Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean and Otis Redding's Mr. Pitiful.
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead
Below is the official description of the series, released by HBO:
New York City, 1973. Together with his partners, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), president of American Century Records, is on the verge of selling his struggling company to German Polygram, in a deal that includes an impending distribution agreement with Led Zeppelin. But after a disastrous meeting, it's clear that the sale is in jeopardy.
Heading home to Greenwich, Conn., Richie takes a detour to an unplanned reunion with Lester Grimes (Ato Essandoh), a musical artist with whom he has a complicated history. With thoughts of Lester weighing on him, Richie heads to the office, where, in addition to the Led Zeppelin situation, he learns of another problem: Bombastic Frank "Buck" Rogers (Andrew Dice Clay), owner of a chain of radio stations, is about to boycott American Century due to a perceived slight by one of the label's artists.
In crisis mode, Richie gives his A&R department the mandate to find new acts, prompting office assistant Jamie Vine (Juno Temple) to bring in The Nasty Bits, a proto-punk band unlike anything anyone has ever heard.
Meanwhile, Richie enlists thuggish independent promotion man Joe Corso (Bo Dietl) to help with the Buck Rogers situation. After a three-day coke binge, Corso summons the sober Richie to Rogers' home, where things go horribly awry.
Despite American Century's troubles, Richie learns that Polygram has agreed to buy the company after all. That night, with both Lester and the Buck Rogers debacle on his mind, he goes violently off the wagon, trashing the den of his Connecticut home and severely jeopardizing his relationship with his wife, Devon (Olivia Wilde), and their two children.
Richie ultimately finds himself coked out and on his own, drawn by a crowd of young people to the Mercer Arts Center in Manhattan, where he sees The New York Dolls perform, a night that sets him on a completely new course.