A Spanish ‘60s-Set Drama About A New Rock Star.
The birth of a music label and three characters fighting for their dreams inside the complex world of the music industry.
A ONE HOUR MUSICAL, DRAMA
This is a format from Spain.
Set in the 1960s in Madrid, ’45 RPM’ is a period drama that follows the birth of a record label during that era. The story is narrated through three characters, struggling to achieve their dreams in the competitive and complex music industry. The series introduces us to the producer named Guillermo Rojas, an upcoming singer Robert, and the witty, young and street-smart producer, Maribel Campoy. ’45 RPM’ follows this trio who are all somehow connected to each other. Amidst the struggles and complications, each of these individuals will go to any heights to be the best at what they are extremely passionate about.
This 13-part show also manages to shed light on the politically conservative scene of the 1960s Madrid. There is additionally a generous dose of uneasy romance, with an engaging love triangle, involving Guillermo and Robert, who compete against each other to win the affection of Maribel. Moreover, it traces the genesis of rock-an-roll in Spain through the eyes of its three protagonists — who attempt to create a new record label that meets the modern tastes of the masses. This was the time when folk still dominated the musical culture and pop/rock bands were just emerging. Meanwhile, as protests against the covert regime of dictator Francisco Franco get fueled, we witness how art becomes embroiled with the chaos in Spanish streets.
Set against a turbulent landscape and coupled with aesthetic backdrops, ’45 RPM’ is unique as well as informative, primarily because it is inspired by true events. It attempts to document the musical revolution of the 60s and in order to do so, it also focuses on many other characters from the artistic world — ranging from producers to composers, photographers, singers, and journalists. It throws the limelight on everybody who is involved with the record industry because, according to the creators — “It will also be very important to reflect what the music was like at the time, the concert halls, the radios, the musical programs, the great events … to understand the culture at the time. ”