The Soundtrack of My Life by Clive Davis

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In more than one sense, “The Soundtrack of My Life” could have used lots more Clive.
-NY Times

Synopsis

In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and Alicia Keys.

Orphaned in his teens, Davis earned a full scholarship to New York University and another to Harvard Law School. He served as General Counsel of Columbia Records and, in a totally unexpected stroke of fate, became head of the company overnight. More surprisingly, he learned he had “ears,” a rare ability to spot special talent and hit records. Those ears contributed to the success of three companies—Columbia, Arista, and J—where Davis dis­covered and developed more unique artists than anyone in the history of the music industry.

What began on the grass at the Monterey Pop Festival with the signing of Janis Joplin has evolved into a lifelong passion and calling, spanning genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and, over the years, our popular culture.

The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the fascinating ups and downs of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader...and listener. It is a riveting read from beginning to end.
 

About Clive Davis

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Clive Davis is the Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music. He has worked with innumerable musical stars and media personalities. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he attended New York University and Harvard Law School.Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared since 1980. He has written for numerable music and entertainment magazines and newspapers. A former on-air correspondent and editorial director at VH1, he has contributed to a myriad of television specials and programs. DeCurtis holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University and he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and the Gradudate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 610 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Tom Carson on Mar 15 2013

In more than one sense, “The Soundtrack of My Life” could have used lots more Clive.

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NY Times

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on Feb 19 2013

“The Soundtrack of My Life” is studded with pretty good moments.

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Reviewed by David Kirby on Feb 22 2013

Mr. Davis is unfailingly polite as he tells his tales of artists who disagreed with him, and he always wishes them well...although he does it so often that, after a while, you begin to suspect that he is enjoying himself a little too much.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Randall Roberts on Feb 19 2013

The most bittersweet and heartbreaking chapters regard Davis’ signing of a teenage Whitney Houston to Arista.

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NY Daily News

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on Feb 19 2013

Clive is so determined to be comprehensive that acts on the numbing order of Air Supply and Kenny G get nearly as much ink as divine ones like Patti Smith and Santana.

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NY Daily News

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on Feb 19 2013

Legendary music mogul goes on the record about Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Santana and many more, but never finds his groove as a storyteller.

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