Named after the 1958 classic film about African-American Sidney Poitier and caucasian Tony Curtis one the run while chained together, The Defiant Ones; HBO’s story of the rise of Doctor Dre and Jimmy Iovine conquering the music world should be the blueprint for how all documentaries are made.
You can read my review from the time, here but, in short, The Defiant Ones tells the story of how the pair of moguls headphones and speaker company Dr Dre Beatz was bought by Apple, the three-part series delves into their histories as we see Dre’s journey from humble beginnings in Compton to form NWA and Iovine make it from lowly music engineer’s apprentice to working with the likes of John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.
While showing some harsh realism, Dre and Iovine’s words and thoughts often stray into the spiritual – for they both feel that their unfettered enthusiasm and talent led them to this one, conquering moment in history… as if it was already written in the stars.
As a lover of 70’s music, hip-hop and unfettered enthusiasm, The Defiant Ones spoke to my soul, but even if you’re not bowled over by such minor miracles, it’s a wonderful lesson in interview journalism and documentary making.
Also worth checking out is the briliant 2016 NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
The Defiant Ones is out there, somewhere. Watch and learn.