Morley Safer of 60 Minutes reports on a unique urban fable that happens to be true.
Steve Lopez is a newspaper columnist for the Los Angeles Times; Nathaniel Ayers is a troubled man with a brilliant past.
They met by chance on the streets of downtown L.A. – an encounter that would change them both. The story of their friendship is a tale about madness, redemption, and the mysterious power of music.
Some of the footage for the story was shot on the rooftop of Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. The story has also been made into a feature film called The Soloist, which will be in theaters on April 24, 2009.