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Author: Clive Davis Narrator: Clive Davis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781442361782
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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 fifty years of popular music as only a true insider can.

In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than forty 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 Keys, 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 fully illustrated, 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 experience offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.

Told with Davis’s 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “No one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis’s book does.” 

    The Wall Street Journal

  • “Entertaining.”

    The New York Times 

  • “The pages of The Soundtrack of My Life are filled with fantastic scenes and revelations.”

    The Los Angeles Times

  • A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Bisexual Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2014

    " This book should have been SEVERELY edited. Clive Davis isn't as fascinating as he thinks he is. There are some interesting tidbits, but the writing is very tedious at times and good stories get lost in that. I just ended up skimming. This might have been better read as a book and not on the Kindle either. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dashiell | 1/19/2014

    " Highly self-serving and overwhelmed with pointless album sales data, but music history lovers will find a handful of fascinating stories inside. Not sure why, but Davis saves all his personal introspection and biographical revelations for the final 20 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/13/2013

    " Very interesting book. Read it in 2 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancee | 12/3/2013

    " Listened to audio version, great reader. Fascinating life. He sounded real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 12/1/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Def Rec' this book for those interested in the music industry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 11/6/2013

    " Interesting to hear of all the amazing people Mr. Davis worked with. It soon gets repetitious as he turns it into a Trump-like rambling. Nice piece of PR for Mr. Davis by Mr. Davis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/24/2013

    " As a music lover, I thoroughly enjoyed Clive's book. He does get a bit long winded but it was a fascinating glimpse into the music business and Clive's marketing genius. And for a man who doesn't make music himself, he has an innate ability to ferret out great music. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/16/2013

    " I really liked the first half of this probably because those were the artists and time period I was most interested in. Once it got to the pop music it was a little tedious so I skimmed. Still if you are a music buff read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/31/2013

    " A decent read. Just thought he should have left his sex life PRIVATE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. No biography is big excitement on every page but it is very interesting overall. I heartily encourage others to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/25/2013

    " To be honest I just skimmed this to read about the artists I was interested in. Wasn't very impressed with what I did read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 2/20/2013

    " I love Clive Davis and his contribution to music The problem with this book is it's all over the place writing. The few chapters that do stick to one artist is rare and far between. "

About the Author

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. Davis has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock Hall of Fame as a non-performer.