Go Inside GRAMMY-Winning 'The Defiant Ones' Doc | "Required Listening" Podcast

Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen Hughes

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Go Inside GRAMMY-Winning 'The Defiant Ones' Doc | "Required Listening" Podcast

Learn the backstory on HBO's compelling music documentary with Jimmy Iovine and Allen Hughes on the latest episode of the GRAMMY Museum's new "Required Listening" podcast

GRAMMYs/Feb 2, 2018 - 01:11 am

The Defiant Ones had a big day on Sunday, Jan. 28. The compelling HBO documentary earned Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, netting honors for the creative team including video director Allen Hughes.

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A must-see for music fans and documentary aficionados alike, The Defiant Ones spotlights music icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre and how their disparate paths ultimately crossed and formed one of the more unique friendships/partnerships in music history.

Dating back to the '70s, Iovine came to prominence as an engineer, shaping the sounds on classic albums for Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, and Stevie Nicks. In 1990 he co-founded Interscope Records, which morphed into Interscope Geffen A&M after a merger in 1999.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dre rose to prominence from the streets of L.A. as a member of the influential rap group N.W.A. and with his classic solo album, 1992's The Chronic (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2018). He went on to produce albums and steer the careers for rappers such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar.

But what's the real story behind Iovine and Dre's relationship and how The Defiant Ones came to be?

Learn this and much more on the latest episode of "Required Listening," the new music podcast by HowStuffWorks and the GRAMMY Museum in partnership with the Recording Academy.

"What got me about Dre was I didn't know anything about hip-hop. I didn't understand it," said Iovine. "I come out of 20 years of producing rock and roll music. So he and Suge [Knight], who was very talented actually, walked in the room and played me The Chronic. … I said, "This is not like everything else. …Who engineered it?" [Dre] said, "I did." I said, "Who produced it?" He said, "I did." I said, "Holy s*."

The podcast's host, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman, peppered Hughes with questions about fusing Iovine and Dre's career arcs and weaving it together in a linear story.

"There's stories behind the stories. That was hyper-present in my mind," said Hughes. "We're going from Eazy-E's Jheri curl in the studio to Stevie Nicks so you can't take for granted that the hip-hop crowd is going to hang around for the Tom Petty stuff or Stevie Nicks stuff or that the Stevie Nicks people are going to hang around for the N.W.A. stuff, so I had to figure out this alchemy and that was literally this: the greatest stories win. If grandma don't understand, it's got to go out the film."

"Required Listening" launched on GRAMMY Sunday, Jan. 28, with the first episode featuring an in-depth conversation with GRAMMY winners Imagine Dragons. Future guests will include Sean "Diddy" Combs, Dan Auerbach, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and Lindsey Buckingham and Christie McVie of Fleetwood Mac, among others.

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Glenn Danzig

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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