Clive Davis has spent almost 50 years as a record executive at some of the biggest record labels in the business. Using his legendary ear to recognize and promote radio hits, Davis has led successful stints at labels including Columbia, Arista, BMG, J Records and Sony.
The Soundtrack of My Life isn't only the story of his own rise from an orphaned teenager to one of the most renowned producers in the industry, but it also shows the evolution of the music business and its biggest personalities. Davis worked closely with many of music's biggest stars, and has stories to tell about almost every one of them. From Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, Davis shares inside stories on many of these performers.
All of the book isn't focused on the music business, though. Davis is also candid about his personal life, including revealing that he is bisexual and has been in a long-term relationship with a man for several years. He also talks of how his work has played a role in his two marriages and his other relationships throughout the years.
Davis is among the most well known producers and executives in the history of the recording industry. He's won numerous Grammy Awards as a producer, was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, also in 2000. The Soundtrack of My LIfe is his second book, following 1975's Clive: Inside the Record Business.
In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can do.
In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest-profile parties.
In this personal account, Davis tells all, from becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. His wealth of experiences offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.
Told with Davis’ unmatched wit, frankness, and style, The Soundtrack of My Life exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—that will captivate and inspire all music lovers.
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