So I’m watching this HBO documentary called “The Defiant Ones.” It’s awesome if you want to get an insider’s perspective on the modern music business. It’s a character study of the seismic shift in pop culture driven by the rise, fall, and rise again of music and how we enjoy it. Sure, it’s biased from the perspective of the story-tellers.
It’s the music business gospel according to the Apostles Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The four-part series tracks their life parallels and then the intersections of their lives and careers and the impact they had on the industry together. The impact they’ve had on us as music lovers and pop culture consumers is titanic!
This show is literally the soundtrack of my life and career since high school.
Born Andre Young, Dr. Dre invented the Los Angeles Hip-Hop sound. He started spinning records in teen clubs and making music with guys from his neighborhood in Compton, California. Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, all guys from the ‘hood formed NWA with Dre and they never looked back. This is the West Coast answer to what was happening here in The Bronx.
Jimmy Iovine got his shot in his 20’s as a sound engineer with John Lennon in the 70’s. He worked his way up from the sound board in a Manhattan studio to producer to impresario to music and business mogul moving from John Lennon to Springsteen, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, U2, and on and on before he started signing his own acts like Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga, and No Doubt. And that list goes on and on, too.
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre were partners in Interscope Records.
Google Interscope for the history of the innovations from this company.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine invented the Beats Headphones.
Google Beats for the history and impact they had on culture just in the past 5 years.
Apple bought Beats for over 3 billion dollars.
You know what they say—
“A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon you’re talking real money.”
Change and innovation come from visions of people committed to their creativity.
Jimmy Iovine says it’s all about the blinders.
Race horses wear blinders to keep them focused on running the race and nothing more. To look left or right and react to the other horses is death. It’s the surest way to fall and get killed, to kill others, to kill the race for sure.
They just kept pushing ahead with a clear focus on their vision.
It’s pretty clear that Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the rest kept their blinders on.
Here we are, 2000 years later, trying to figure out what’s next.
You and me.
Blinders on, and vision-focused:
To see lives transformed, families strengthened, and our community renewed through intentional relationship with Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace,