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‘Vinyl’ Vibes on the King’s Road, London

‘Vinyl’ Vibes on the King’s Road, London

buy soma from mexico online If the past is another country, as L.P. Hartley wrote, then safe to say it’s one that doesn’t offer a visa. Take, for instance, the Swinging Sixties; more specifically Sixties London. The King’s Road in Chelsea is the place to be — anyone who’s anyone either lives there or says they do. The basements of the high and mighty were sold off after the War, letting in a flood of displaced youths and helping to generate the tidal wave of rock n’ roll; not just a stylistic leap, but a new, liberated consciousness that was now flooding the British music scene. It’s a scene very much like the one depicted in HBO’s new drama Vinyl, which takes place across the pond in New York.

http://www.bigleaguekickball.com/about/ Order Soma No Prior Script Overnight The show opens in 1973 in a Big Apple seemingly stewing in drugs and dissatisfaction. Record exec Richie Finestra (Bobby Canavale) is desperately plumbing the waters for new talent. Led Zeppelin certainly aren’t looking to sign with him. His record label American Century, better known as American Cemetery, has picked up a rep as where acts go to die. Things aren’t as they used to be — that’s doubly true today of London.

Buy Soma no prescription USA FedEx shipping The Chelsea drugstore that Mick Jagger sang about back in ’69 in You Can’t Always Get What You Want, the go-to locale for those looking to score, is now a McDonalds. Streets where Clapton drew crowds of acolytes, where Malcolm McClaren used The Sex Pistols to repackage the audience’s anger and sell it back to them as music and fashion, are now sedate and orderly. Every storefront holds a story, or at least that’s the way Bob, our tour guide, tells it. He used to work in music promotion; passed up The Arctic Monkeys. He couldn’t hear it… twice.

Richie Finestra clearly has an ear for talent; it’s what’s going up his nose and down his gullet that’s causing most of his problems. Coke wasn’t so big in London back then, though booze apparently was (and LSD from ’65 on). Princess Margaret would hang out with the likes of The Who, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, at the Scotch of St. James in Mason’s Yard, Westminster. She reportedly turned Lennon down (though not, again reportedly, Mick Jagger). Lennon later met Yoko Ono, for better or worse, at the neighbouring Indica Gallery. Lennon’s gone now, of course, and most of his generation of musicians — those that remain — are out of the country for tax reasons. Mason’s Yard is full of upmarket art dealers now.

As much time has passed since the release of The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, in 1963 as between then and the first performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The ‘60s was the decade when culture changed — the birth of pop culture as we know it, commercialized culture. There’s a reason why Richie’s wife, Devon (Olivia Wilde), is part of Andy Warhol’s Factory; one of his so-called Superstars, ultimately just another exhibit along with his soup cans. It may be true that nothing succeeds like excess, but it comes at a cost.

What Vinyl offers is a chance to experience a taste of that for just the cost of a TV box set. As drama it might only intermittently be great (see our reviews); as an encapsulation of the era, it’s fascinating.

http://www.bigleaguekickball.com/category/press/ soma buy cheap Vinyl season 1 was created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, and Terrence Winter. Now available on DVD & BluRay, available for purchase here.

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Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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