Looking back a few decades, 1973 might have been one of the most exciting years to live in New York City. It was the dawn of disco, punk, and hip-hop, as well as an underground party scene that challenged social norms like never before. There was an anything goes energy that seemed to have taken hold against the backlash of the Watergate scandal being fully exposed. Musicians like the New York Dolls, Lou Reed, and the Ramones were just starting to kick around, playing residencies at newly opened dives like CBGB and small backrooms. Hip-hop was growing out of uptown street parties, and underground parties like David Mancuso’s Loft were changing nightlife. A night out could literally end up anywhere, but these were the places you most wanted to be.
Taking viewers back to the streets of New York City in 1973, the new HBO series Vinyl is a sex- and drug-addled ride through the music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, the show centers around a record label president named Richie Finestra who is trying to save his company—and his soul.What Is a Sponsor Story?