Patti Smith

HBO docuseries 'The Defiant Ones' illuminates the astonishing careers of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

HBO docuseries 'The Defiant Ones' illuminates the astonishing careers of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

It’s possible that the best thing that ever happened to Jimmy Iovine was getting fired by Foghat.

After engineering Bruce Springsteen’s watershed “Born to Run” and in the midst of working on his “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” the Brooklyn native was tapped to produce an album for the British rockers, famous for their ’70s anthem “Slow Ride.” Thanks to some unprofessional behavior — including bringing his girlfriend to the sessions — Iovine got the ax. “I could not have felt lower in my life at that moment,” he recalls.

But Foghat’s loss was Patti Smith’s— and rock ’n’ roll’s — gain. Iovine ran into the singer-songwriter and she asked him to produce her next album....

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