Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), the founder and president of American Century Records, is trying to save his company and soul without destroying everyone in his path. With his passion for music and discovering talent gone by the wayside, and American Century on the precipice of being sold, he has a life-altering event that reignites his love of music, but severely damages his personal life.
The idea of Vinyl interested me right off the bat because there really haven’t been any shows that looked at the music scene in the 70’s like this show does. The story of a man at the end of his rope with nothing more to strive for was the selling point of it. The thing that kept me watching was wanting to find out how this guy was going to dig himself out of the hole that he put himself in. Cannavale was exceptionally great in this role and committed completely to his character. He this intensity about him that you don’t normally see and I thought that was a fantastic quality. Olivia Wilde is another player that I have been a fan of since day one and she totally killed it in this show. Her performance was filled with emotion and discontent which made her character all the more interesting to watch. The phenomenal thing was all the music that was used and all the people that played certain famous musicians. There are times when you see impersonators and you cringe at their portrayals but these were so on the mark that it just made you believe that they were the real deal. The best one being David Bowie. This show was so great and by the end of the season I was extremely invested in the story. Sadly, I was informed recently that the show won’t be coming back for season 2 but the way that it ended was actually a nice way to round it all out. Fantastic show, great cast, sad that it’s not coming back. 9/10
Inside the Episodes – A quick Behind The Scenes look at each episode in the season.
Making Vinyl: Recreating the ’70s – A nice feature that looks at how they were able to capture the essence of the time period and includes interviews with the cast and including Martin Scorsese.
3 Audio Commentary Tracks