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Showtime Developing Project That Explores 1970s Music Scene From All Perspectives

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 23, 2011 7:24 AM
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From a Deadline exclusive:

"Showtime is getting groovy with a drama project about the 1970s music industry. The pay cable network has bought Vinyl, a spec script... Barry Levinson attached to direct... Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Vinyl explores every aspect of the music business through multiple vantage points -- from the record executives and rock stars to the drug pushers and the prostitutes, from the stage to the boardroom to the DJ booth."

Sounds like a Traffic-esque project; I'm interested; as long as they don't leave out notable movements in funk, disco, jazz, R&B, and even hip-hop. I pity the fools who have decided to tackle this project :)

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  • LvFlg | June 24, 2011 2:16 AMReply

    a doc would be more interesting, assuming all of the 70s musical notables were included. Is that too much to ask?

  • Miles Ellison | June 23, 2011 12:14 PMReply

    It would be surprising if this was any good. When it comes to music, Hollywood has to whitewash everything. It's like a sex urge.

  • Monique | June 23, 2011 9:35 AMReply

    oooh I WILL be tuning in for this! I can't see them NOT showing something of the black artists who influenced a majority of the signature sounds of that decade: Soul, Funk, Disco, then I would be utterly befuddled. They would get the dunce cap for that.

  • BluTopaz | June 23, 2011 8:16 AMReply

    Of course they won't leave those elements out.

    They'll tell us how KC & the Sunshine Band invented funk, Saturday Night Fever/The Bee Gees launched the disco dance craze, and how influential blue-eyed soul was during the era. And any references to Jimi Hendrix will be mostly on his wild sex/drug life, not his one in a few lifetimes brilliance. Can't wait.

    And I do love these White bands mentioned, aside from the snark. It would be interesting if they depict how different genres mixed like never before in the 70's, like Sly's funk & rock, etc--actually I can't imagine taking on a project this scope as drama instead of a doc should be interesting

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