HBO has released the first full trailer for The Defiant Ones, an upcoming docuseries that chronicles the rise of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in the music industry and their impact on contemporary culture. Iovine is a legendary record producer and entrepreneur who had been working with folks like Bruce Springsteen and U2 before he teamed up with Dr. Dre and co-founded Interscope Records. This four-part docuseries chronicles how the partnership happened, how Interscope exploded in the industry throughout the 90s, and how Iovine and Dre expanded that music partnership to a fully fledged empire, culminating in the creation of Beats by Dre.
While the docuseries format has become incredibly popular as of late, it’s usually relegated to murder mysteries like The Jinx or The Keepers, so it’s neat to see the format being used to expand on a very different kind of topic. Allen Hughes, co-director of films like From Hell and The Book of Eli, directs all four parts which include interviews with everyone from Bono to Trent Reznor to Snoop Dogg.
Check out the trailer for The Defiant Ones below. The docuseries begins airing on July 9th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Defiant Ones:
Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, this four-part documentary event tells the stories of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, their improbable partnership and their leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. Directed by Allen Hughes, who conducted extensive interviews with both men, the show also includes interviews with such music icons as Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Diddy and will.i.am. THE DEFIANT ONES also features never-before-seen footage from a multitude of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others.