People are saying that Vinyl, the TV series, has a great soundtrack, and it really has.
I say that Vinyl is about people, people and their passions, excitement, families, joy, struggles, happiness, rage, anger, job, success and failure…
The above are wrapped around music, or wrapped in music, all sort of music: disco, funk, blues, rock-n-roll…
Created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.
Vinyl being music related, one might say that is about musicians, yet a closer look reveals three categories involved one way or another: musicians, “recording men”, and fans and listeners.
The first ones, the musicians, don’t give a s*!t about money, yet they need them to eat, to drink, to have a joint… They are the fuel of the engine; rocket fuel; rock it!
The “recording men” along with the staff from their companies, “feel” the music in terms of money and jobs (cutting jobs, or keeping jobs). And there are people with (dirty) money behind them too. They don’t really care about the artists, about the musicians. They need the musicians in order to keep the music industry alive, and keep the money spinning, spinning faster than an LP on the turntable. This is the actual engine that brings the sound waves to our ears!
The listeners in general, and the fans in particular, are the grease, the oil that keeps moving this industry’s engine along with its gears.
Either you like music or not, this TV series, Vinyl, is definitely worth watching, because it’s not only about music; it’s about people!
Vinyl is about YOU!