Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Vinyl's Brill Building

Martin Scorsese's "Vinyl" aired on HBO this weekend, recreating New York City in 1973. Here's an incredible shot of the Brill Building, with a sliver of Colony Records on the left and Jack Dempsey's bar on the right of the gilded entrance.

How did they do it? Looks like they surgically dropped segments of the following vintage photo into the film. The miracle of computers!

I'll look forward to more recreations of the lost city, but for a review of the show, read Richard Hell's take.

And here's what's happening to the Brill Building these days.


Unknown said...

I walk by the Brill Building every day and I'd much rather see either the original block or its re-creation than the mess that is there right now.

Tal Hartsfeld said...

Such a legendary past this building has, assuming you're into the complete history of the rock n' roll era or even of pop music in general.
It was a songwriter's paradise for the likes of Carole King, Barry Mann and others.
They should do it the way they did the Sun Records building in Memphis: Turn it into its own museum and charge admission. They could profit off the tourist trade.