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The Soundtrack of My Life

Format:  Hardcover,

586 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9781476714783

ISBN-10: 1476714789

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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, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys.
Orphaned and impoverished in his teens, Davis overcame early hardships, earning a full scholarship to New York University and then one to Harvard Law School. As general counsel at Columbia Records, Davis quickly distinguished himself and capitalized on a lucky break to catapult to the presidency of the company. More surprisingly, he was to learn he had "ears," a rare ability to spot talent and create hit records. Those ears contributed to the fabled 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 the years and genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. Through it all, Davis has discovered a pantheon of all-time greats: Bruce Springsteen; Billy Joel; Aerosmith; Carlos Santana; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire; Barry Manilow; Patti Smith; Whitney Houston; Kenny G.; and Alicia Keys. In addition, he has championed and played a vital part in the careers of Simon and Garfunkel, Miles Davis, the Kinks, the Grateful Dead, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Jennifer Hudson, and Rod Stewart. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and our popular culture for the past forty-five years.
The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the workings of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader . . . and listener.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9781476714783
ISBN-10: 1476714789
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 586
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Davis, Clive

Clive Davis, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1932, is a record producer and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. Davis was instrumental in shaping the careers of Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson and many others. Davis is an alumnus of New York University, where the recorded music division of its Tisch School for the Arts is named after him. His bestselling biography, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon and Schuster) was published in February 2013.

Chapter outline

Introduction: Welcome to the Partyp. ix
Straight Out of Brooklynp. 1
Recovering from Shattering Lossesp. 13
A Harvard Manp. 19
ANew Life Back in New Yorkp. 27
The Offer That Changed My Lifep. 34
Running Columbia Recordsp. 44
Making A&R Movesp. 53
Monterey Popp. 64
Columbia Gets Hotp. 72
Pearlp. 89
Simon and Garfunkelp. 100
Dylanp. 110
What Kind of Career Do I Want?p. 125
From Santana to Springsteenp. 133
Talent Raids and Finding the Company's Soulp. 149
The End of One Fantasyp. 163
Searching for a New Beginningp. 179
Arista Means Excellencep. 186
Manilow Maniap. 192
Building a New Labelp. 206
Patti Smith and Lou Reedp. 220
Ready to Rockp. 231
The Grateful Deadp. 241
Gil Scott-Heron and Ghostbustersp. 251
Broadway, Soundtracks, and Comedyp. 263
Dionne Warwickp. 271
The Queen of Soulp. 278
New Wave, Heavy Metal, and Eurythmicsp. 297
Whitneyp. 307
Beyond the House That Barry Builtp. 341
Arista Pop Explodes ... into Milli Vanillip. 355
Arista Nashville and New Country Musicp. 373
LaFace Rules!p. 385
Bad Boyp. 400
Sarah McLachlan, Ace of Base, and the Freewheeling Ninetiesp. 412
Supernatural Santanap. 423
Instant Majorp. 435
Aliciap. 452
The J Records Yearsp. 462
Rod Stewart and the Great American Songbookp. 472
Rock at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Centuryp. 483
American Idol and Kelly Clarksonp. 498
More on the Idol Franchisep. 517
Accepting Change and Moving Forwardp. 536
Acknowledgmentsp. 553
Indexp. 555

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-05-10)

In more than 50 years in the music business, Davis has discovered such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, and Barry Manilow. Born into a working-class family in Brooklyn, he won scholarships to New York University and Harvard Law School and eventually landed a job as legal counsel for Columbia Records. He was handed the presidency of the company by chance, and it was then he learned he had "ears": the ability to spot talent and create hit records.

The first artist Davis signed was Scottish folk singer Donovan in 1966, but he established himself with Janis Joplin, whom he signed after being blown away by her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. From there, he went on to work with everyone from Billy Joel to Luther Vandross to the Grateful Dead and had successes on his own with Arista Records and then J Records, which he founded in 2000. Of course, his relationship with Whiney Houston (1963-2012) is well known, and he devotes a chapter to her that begins, "Without question this it the most difficult chapter for me to write". At 81, Davis is still going strong and working on a Broadway musical.

Verdict: An important addition to the literature of American music and an essential title for anyone who enjoys insider stories about famous musicians.

- Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2013-05-01)

Davis, one of the most successful record producers in history, reflects on his tremendous success in this candid and star-studded memoir. He recounts his beginnings, growing up in Brooklyn, and his relationships with his parents (he lost both when he was young) and family. He also discusses his scholarship to Harvard Law School and short-lived career in law before being hired by Columbia Records at the age of 28, where he signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Santana, and Sly and the Family Stone.

He would later go on to found Arista Records, where he revived the careers of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick and made his greatest discovery, Whitney Houston, as well as launching the careers of countless other recording acts. The book is excellently narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. verdict This exhaustive and detailed biography is highly recommended for anyone interested in the music business and for music fans in general.

- Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys.

Orphaned and impoverished in his teens, Davis overcame early hardships, earning a full scholarship to New York University and then one to Harvard Law School. As general counsel at Columbia Records, Davis quickly distinguished himself and capitalized on a lucky break to catapult to the presidency of the company. More surprisingly, he was to learn he had ears, a rare ability to spot talent and create hit records. Those ears contributed to the fabled 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 the years and genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. Through it all, Davis has discovered a pantheon of all-time greats: Bruce Springsteen; Billy Joel; Aerosmith; Carlos Santana; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire; Barry Manilow; Patti Smith; Whitney Houston; Kenny G.; and Alicia Keys. In addition, he has championed and played a vital part in the careers of Simon and Garfunkel, Miles Davis, the Kinks, the Grateful Dead, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Jennifer Hudson, and Rod Stewart. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and our popular culture for the past forty-five years.

The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the workings of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader... and listener.

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