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HBO’s ‘Vinyl’: An Illustrated Review of Season 1 Episode 4, ‘The Racket’

HBO's 'Vinyl': An Illustrated Review of Season 1 Episode 4, 'The Racket'

LAST WEEK’S REVIEW: Andy Warhol, Alice Cooper and an albino.

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.

A storm is brewin’ at American Century Records and the sprinklers are going off strong. After avoiding Buck Roger’s funeral to attend a couples therapy session with his wife Devon, Richie lets out all his frustration with a trusty tennis racket, beating a pillow senseless. Meanwhile, AC’s biggest artist target, soul funk king Hannibal, enters the office ready to be courted to sign at the label with coke, scotch, and secretaries — but the competition is tough. On top of everything, to Richie’s shock and horror, Lester decides in an impromptu moment to manage the Nasty Bits. Finally, Skip’s bootleg return scheme has backfired majorly, and his apartment decor has now turned into thousands of Donny Osmond LPs. Pour us all a glass of rain… on the rocks.

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. 

READ MORE: Olivia Wilde on Refusing to Play the ‘Forgotten Suburban Housewife’ in HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

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