Seventy-five days, in case you’re wondering about that title.  Sunday February 14, HBO will unveil a drama series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Game Of Thrones showrunner Terence Winter, entitled Vinyl.  It’s a look at the machinations of the music business in New York City in the late 70s, replete with generous helpings of sex, drugs and violence.

Bobby Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, coked-up president of American Century Records.  His mission is clear:  “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.”

Other members of the ensemble cast include Olivia Wilde as Finestra‘s wife Devon, and Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, the American Century head of promotions. Mick Jagger’s son James appears as Kip Stevens, frontman for spectacularly-named rising punk band Nasty Bits, and Andrew Dice Clay is on board as a deranged radio executive.

Unsurprisingly for a Scorsese joint, there are some Mafia undertones.  Bo Dietl plays Joe Corso, an “independent promoter” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) who may have organized crime connections.  Armen Garo appears as New York City mob kingpin Corrado Galasso and Robert Funaro does a turn as Galasso’s number one enforcer Tony Del Greco.

Scorsese and Jagger, who are executive producers, have been working on Vinyl with HBO for a number of years.  The first season comprises ten episodes and will premiere with a pilot written by Winter and directed by Scorsese.

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