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HBO's 'Vinyl' has lots of sex and drugs but is light on rock 'n' roll

HBO's 'Vinyl' has lots of sex and drugs but is light on rock 'n' roll

Martin Scorsese, the film director, and Mick Jagger, the rock star, along with "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter and journalist-screenwriter Rich Cohen, make up the formidable force behind "Vinyl," a new HBO series about the music business set in New York in the early 1970s. For better or worse, it might be described as exactly the sum of their parts, with some other parts mixed in.

It is 1973, and Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) is about to sell his troubled record label, American Century, to a corporate behemoth. (There are straight-laced Germans, comically portrayed. They call Led Zeppelin "The Led Zeppelins.") Unforeseen complications...

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