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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.

Review:

"No one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis's book does." The Wall Street Journal

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"The pages of The Soundtrack of My Life are filled with fantastic scenes and revelations." The Los Angeles Times

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“The Midas Touch. Until now, no one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis’ book does. It is hard to imagine a better survey of popular music during its 50 year commercial peak than this one.” The Wall Street Journal

Review:

“Who put the bomp, Barry Mann asked in his 1961 single, in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? Mr. Mann wanted to shake that person’s hand. For much of the 1960’s, 70’s, 80‘s 90’s and 00’s, a pretty good answer to that existential question was Clive Davis. As the head of Columbia Records and then Arista, the label he founded, Mr. Davis had a knack for introducing good singers to good material. The results tended to be explosive, as if he were dropping packages of Mentos into two-liter bottles of Diet Coke.” The New York Times

Review:

“There are so many incredible stories; this book is literally a walk through musical history.” Ryan Seacrest

About the Author

Clive Davis has been a leading music industry executive for more than four decades. As chairman of Arista Records, he signed the young Whitney Houston to the label and helped her become one of the top-selling recording artists of all time.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476714783
Author:
Clive Davis and Anthony DeCurtis
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Davis, Clive
Author:
DeCurtis, Anthony
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130219
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 608 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781476714783 Reviews:
"Review" by , "No one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis's book does."
"Review" by , "The pages of The Soundtrack of My Life are filled with fantastic scenes and revelations."
"Review" by , “The Midas Touch. Until now, no one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis’ book does. It is hard to imagine a better survey of popular music during its 50 year commercial peak than this one.”
"Review" by , “Who put the bomp, Barry Mann asked in his 1961 single, in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? Mr. Mann wanted to shake that person’s hand. For much of the 1960’s, 70’s, 80‘s 90’s and 00’s, a pretty good answer to that existential question was Clive Davis. As the head of Columbia Records and then Arista, the label he founded, Mr. Davis had a knack for introducing good singers to good material. The results tended to be explosive, as if he were dropping packages of Mentos into two-liter bottles of Diet Coke.”
"Review" by , “There are so many incredible stories; this book is literally a walk through musical history.”
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