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Exclusive: David Bowie Episode of HBO’s Jagger-Scorsese Series “Vinyl” Will Carry In Memoriam Card


We still have three weeks before Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s excellent “Vinyl” series hits HBO. This is the tumultuous story of the record business in the early 70s told through the eyes of exec Richie Finestra, played exquisitely by Bobby Cannavale. Richie is loosely based on men like Neil Bogart who were fearless lone rangers among the corporate titans.

noah beanI can tell you that throughout the ten episodes that follow the two hour Scorsese opener on February 14, many real rock stars are portrayed. The late great David Bowie is one, and he appears in Episode 6. Actor Noah Bean plays Bowie, and since it’s circa 1973-74, we will see Bowie in the “Diamond Dogs” phase of his amazing career.

Sources tell me that with Bowie’s death this month, Scorsese, Jagger and Terence Winter have added a memorial card at the end of the episode to honor the great singer, actor and artist. Other rockers who will be seen during “Vinyl” include — in episode 8– John Lennon and Harry Nilsson, along with Lennon’s girlfriend, May Pang. Pang attended the HBO red carpet premiere last week at the Ziegfeld, where the paparazzi went crazy when they saw her. She’s a popular New York celebrity.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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