Keys And Chords
NEWS / Mick Jagger suggested the producers of his new 1970s rock-themed TV series take a look at his son when they were looking for someone to play the frontman of fictitious punk act The Nasty Bits.
The Rolling Stones star dug deep into his own recollections of the music business for Vinyl, the hard-hitting new drama he's co-producing with Martin Scorsese, but he didn't go into the project thinking he'd be working with his kid, James.
"When I saw the role was being created, I thought, 'Well, wait a minute, they're looking for a guy who likes this kind of music, can play it and can act as well'," Jagger senior told Billboard.com.
"He (James) loves that kind of music, that kind of screaming racket. Not that I've got any objections to it, but I mean, he's really into that. So I thought I'd put James into the mix. I'm very pleased with him."
The series, which debuts in America on Valentine's Day (14Feb16), stars Bobby Cannavale as a cocaine-snorting music mogul and a group of up-and-coming actors, who portray rock stars like Robert Plant, John Bonham and the New York Dolls.
Mick admits he had to think long and hard about the recollections he shared with writers of the show - because many of the things he witnessed backstage at gigs and in the offices of managers and record label bosses would never be believed.
"They (music industry executives) were so wacky that it was hard to write up how mad they were in real life and expect people to actually believe that a businessperson could behave like that," the veteran rocker laughed.
"All you need to do is read the book from (CBS Records CEO) Walter Yetnikoff (Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess). Walter's a wonderful guy, but in that period he was completely off his head.
"I once went to meet him at lunchtime. I was sober, and I found out later he was completely out of his mind. I wondered why he wasn't making a lot of sense." (Bron: Music-News)