As Netflix, HBO, Amazon and other streaming service providers battle to capture the most viewers for their offerings, NYC is proving to be a very popular setting for the many series all services are producing. And now Netflix and HBO have picked the exact same time period in NYC musical history to explore, the 1970′s.
Fortunately they are coming at the explosion of new musical genres and recordings in 70′s NYC from different angles or it might just be very repetitive. Both services are throwing talent galore at these 2 new series especially at the producing and directorial level.
Netflix’s offering is ‘The Get Down’ helmed by Baz Luhrmann who everyone knows glories in the pleasures of a juicy period piece. It’s all about the rise of hip-hop, punk and disco in NYC at this time and the series makers present their narrative from the sidewalk up, focussing on the both the rise of local artists and the groundswell of neighborhood support for the adventurous musicians who made the running in these new genres.
Of course it has all the Luhrmann trademark touches: wild scenes, sprawling camera angles and lots and lots of intensity.
The HBO offering is ‘Vinyl’, produced by film and music heavyweights Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger and created by Terence Winter of Broadwalk fame. This is a top down look at the same ground covered by Luhrmann but focussing this time on the struggles of a record label to survive while everything about music, Broadway and NYC was changing.
It has all the drive and moodiness that the Winter/Scorsese team bring to everything they do together.
So with both these new series about to hit your screens, look forward to embracing a gritty 70′s NYC, complete with lots of crime and extortion. And alongside the sleaze there’s fabulous street and stage dance and music scenes, not to mention disco frenzy at it’s wildest and singing that shakes you down to your bones.