Indiewire has commissioned artist Jess Rotter, an illustrator and 1970s music enthusiast, 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.
For the second half of “Vinyl” Season 1, we’ve decided to focus on the rock star cameos featured in each episode of the series — so, for our first “star sighting,” we highlight the great David Bowie (portrayed by Noah Bean). While the legend is sound-checking “Suffragette City,” Zak Yankovich (Ray Romano) and their new publicist try to ask Bowie to perform at a benefit show for the label. But the goofy and awkward pitch sends them to dinner alone, as a non-impressed Bowie would rather take a nap on Mars then hang with the likes of American Century Records.
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. Check out a trailer below…