Sex, drugs, rock and roll – and violence – reign in HBO’s new trailer for Vinyl, the upcoming drama series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. The clip, soundtracked by the Stooges’ proto-punk anthem “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” previews the insanity behind the music business in late Seventies New York City, where punk and disco were evolving the industry.
“Think back to the first time you heard a song that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up – made you want to dance or go out and kick somebody’s ass,” says Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), president of American Century Records. “That’s what I’m talking about.” Between rapid-fire cuts of rock excess and gunfire, the label boss spells out his vision: “I believe in this company’s future: new, fresh, fast excitement. That’s what I want … That’s rock and roll: it’s fast; it’s dirty; it smashes you over the head.”
Executive producers Scorsese and Jagger had been developing Vinyl with HBO for the past few years. In August, the network green-lighted the series, which features Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter as showrunner.
The ensemble cast includes Olivia Wilde as Finestra’s wife, Devon, and Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, the Head of Promotions at American Century. Other supporting actors rounding out the label staff are Juno Temple, Max Casella, Jack Quaid, P.J. Byrne and J.C. MacKenzie. Birgitte Sørensen plays Ingrid, a Danish actress and favorite of Andy Warhol, while James Jagger (son of Mick) appears as Kip Stevens, frontman for burgeoning punk band Nasty Bits.
Given the Scorsese connection, it’s unsurprising that Vinyl will also feature mafia characters: Bo Dietl as Joe Corso, an “independent promotion man” possibly tied to organized crime; Armen Garo as NYC mob boss Corrado Galasso and Robert Funaro as Galasso’s chief enforcer, Tony Del Greco.
The 10-episode first season will premiere in January with a pilot written by Winter and directed by Scorsese. In August, HBO released a violent, excessive teaser clip filled with cocaine, champagne and wads of cash.