TV Club: Vinyl’s pilot has more to say about its conflicted protagonist than about music

One of the most accurate points made by HBO’s Show Me A Hero is that historical figures don’t always recognize how important their actions are in the moment. They just do what they think is best, whether for political, instinctual, or self-involved reasons, and if they’re lucky, end up on the right side of history. Despite having the benefit of hindsight, David Simon and Lisa Belkin, who wrote the book on which the miniseries is based, never give their real-life protagonist, Mayor Nick Wasicsko, the awareness to realize the eventual significance of his decisions.

The same can’t be said of Vinyl‘s central character, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale). As a record executive at his floundering label, American Century, it’s his job to predict the future; to find the next big thing in music; to pinpoint exactly who’s going to be important in the grand …

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