Indiewire has commissioned artist Jess Rotter to draw her reactions to the new HBO drama “Vinyl,” which features Bobby Cannavale as a record executive in search of personal salvation as well as the next big music sensation.
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After a spiritual and coke-nosed session of reenacting “Enter The Dragon,” our hero Richie Finestra has made a decision: American Century records won’t sell out and there will be no Jethro Tull or hippy jams involved. Meanwhile, Devon’s unhappiness leads her to accidently leave her kids in a diner as she hallucinates to a fantasy of Karen Carpenter syrupy-swaying her away from her doldrum suburban life to the tune of “Yesterday Once More.” We also learn about the orgins of her relationship to Richie, her past photographic skills, and her heydey in Andy Warhol’s Factory. In other news, Zak Yankovic, Richie’s confidante and promo head at the label, is bankrupt and can’t afford his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. Cue the valium.
Informed by a deep knowledge and love for the world of 1970s rock ‘n’ roll, artist Jess Rotter was inspired by her dad’s vinyl covers and comic books growing up in New York. Now based in Los Angeles, Rotter’s intricate hand-drawn psychedelic illustrations have appeared on everything from books to public murals to album covers. Her musical cult shirt line Rotter and Friends has led to official band merch for acts like The Grateful Dead, Sly Stone, Rodriguez, Big Star, Mavis Staples, and more. Follow her on Instagram at @rotterandfriends.
“Vinyl” airs Sunday at 9pm on HBO.