1. Vinyl is an American period drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter.
2. The series stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive in the 1970s.
3. It premiered on HBO on February 14, 2016.
4. From a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras, and story by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, the pilot episode is directed by Scorsese.
5. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.
6. Scorsese has confirmed plans to direct further episodes of the series.
7. In Canada, Latin America and Israel, the series will premiere on HBO Canada, HBO Latin America Group and Yes Oh respectively on February 14, 2016, airing simultaneous with the American broadcast.
8. The Russian premiere is also scheduled on February 14, 2016 via Amediateka.
9. The Australian premiere is scheduled to air on Showcase on February 15, 2016.
10. It is also planned to be aired on Sky Atlantic on the 15th of February.
11. Mick Jagger proposed the idea for what eventually became Vinyl to Martin Scorsese back in the mid ’90s.
12. Along with James Jagger, the band Beach Fossils are featured as The Nasty Bits.
13. Martin Scorsese said that he and Mick Jagger tried at first to develop the material for what eventually became a television series into a full length feature film.
14. The plot: 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.
15. Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.
16. Executive Producer and Vinyl writer Terence Winter previously wrote The Wolf of Wall Street and Boardwalk Empire for Scorsese’s direction.
17. In February 12, Atlantic Records and Warner Bros Records will release Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series – Volume 1, and the music will keep coming weekly throughout the show’s 10-episode run, in weekly releases of digital EPs on iTunes.
18. Jagger first suggested the idea to Martin Scorsese in 1996. He envisioned a three-hour-long movie encompassing 40 years of the music industry – but then they covered this ground factually in 2008’s Shine a Light.
19. The music makers are very impressive. The team behind the Vinyl EP won a Grammy in 2012 for their work on the Boardwalk Empire compilation soundtrack.
20. Mick suggested his 30-year-old son James for the role of Kip. But Papa Jagger wasn’t present on set – he’s no helicopter parent.
21. James Jagger can do a spookily accurate Martin Scorsese impression. And Scorsese can, in turn, can do a pitch-perfect impersonation of his muse, Robert De Niro.
22. Scorsese has slotted in unused footage from Taxi Driver. To give an even more authentic feel to the show – his fans are going to be thrilled.
23. Led Zeppelin’s volatile manager Peter Grant also makes an appearance. Played by Taking of Pelham 123 actor Christopher Moser.