The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life


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ISBN-13: 9781476714790
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 391,439
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.54(d)

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Party ix

Straight Out of Brooklyn 1

Recovering from Shattering Losses 13

A Harvard Man 19

A New Life Back in New York 27

The Offer That Changed My Life 34

Running Columbia Records 44

Making A&R Moves 53

Monterey Pop 64

Columbia Gets Hot 72

Pearl 89

Simon and Garfunkel 100

Dylan 110

What Kind of Career Do I Want? 125

From Santana to Springsteen 133

Talent Raids and Finding the Company's Soul 149

The End of One Fantasy 163

Searching for a New Beginning 179

Arista Means Excellence 186

Manilow Mania 192

Building a New Label 206

Patti Smith and Lou Reed 220

Ready to Rock 231

The Grateful Dead 241

Gil Scott-Heron and Ghostbusters 251

Broadway, Soundtracks, and Comedy 263

Dionne Warwick 271

The Queen of Soul 278

New Wave, Heavy Metal, and Eurythmics 297

Whitney 307

Beyond the House That Barry Built 341

Arista Pop Explodes ... into Milli Vanilli 355

Arista Nashville and New Country Music 373

LaFace Rules! 385

Bad Boy 400

Sarah McLachlan, Ace of Base, and the Freewheeling Nineties 412

Supernatural Santana 423

Instant Major 435

Alicia 452

The J Records Years 462

Rod Stewart and the Great American Songbook 472

Rock at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century 483

American Idol and Kelly Clarkson 498

More on the Idol Franchise 517

Accepting Change and Moving Forward 536

Acknowledgments 553

Index 555

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Music is just one side of this walk down history, Clive has a way with words and vividly brings the reader through so many amazing moments in his life. The Artistry he helped over the years? fantastic. You can't imagine how creatively you need to be there for an artist to achieve the best they can be. Time and time again it shows that Clive rebounded from adversity, from leaving Columbia Records, Starting Arista Records, then being forced out and having to start J Records. An accomplishment so great, BMG then merged RCA, Arista and J and put him in charge of the company. Clive is an amazing voice and the stories about business, creative minds and a window into history of music is unmatched by any other Autobiography I can think of. Also, he gets personal. The life in music from the 60's through today shows Clive is the last of his kind and an artist in his own way. The greatest of the music executives and a real creative soul. It is an amazing read from one of the classiest men ever in the creative world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great read! This is the definitive book on the last 50 years of contemporary music, and a great American tale. I truly enjoyed the rags to riches narrative that the first half of the book was. It opened with an inside look at the Pre Grammy party, an event I have always looked at and hoped the curtain, one day, would be raised.  The early years I read with wonder, too young to remember the artists other than on oldies radio. I was riveted and learned so much about music history.  The second half of the book was a comeback story of epic proportions. Corporate battles, artistic tragedies and triumphs.  The book is encyclopedic at times, but I suppose it has to be for a 50 year career. This is a  must read for anyone interested in business or music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment this was. What a missed opportunity to memorialize the beginnings and growth of rock & roll as a cultural phenomenon. Shallow, superficial, simplistic, self serving and inane only begin to describe this book. I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and even though I almost always force myself to wade through bad books, this one may be the exception. Beyond the lame writing and his self promoting proclamations of his music business awesomness - what is most disturbing is his apparent cluelessnes when it comes to his clients' drug & alcohol problems. Lemme see..... he informs us he is very, very close with Janis Joplin. He adores her. In fact, they are buds. She even phones him to get personal & contractual advice. They hang out together at parties and dinners. But he is shocked, (shocked I tell you!), to hear she has OD'ed. Huh? Really? And I havent even gotten to the Whitney Houston death. I'm just glad on got this in the special clearance bin..... and now I know why this 500+ page of bound drivel was there.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Davis is surely a unique personality in the record business. Unfortunately the book comes off as repetiously self congratulatory. He's got plenty to brag about but it just wore me down. I couldn't get past 320 pages.
songman More than 1 year ago
Clive Davis is one of the most successful and creative music executives the world has seen. He takes you on a behind-the scenes journey that gives the reader insights into the hits that we all know. It's easy to see why this genius has helped guide so many artists to reach their full potential. Wonderful executive, wonderful human being and a down to earth mench.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit basic and boring
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Larry-Dvoskin More than 1 year ago
Clive Davis has been a gift to this world. He, like Steve Jobs and others has done the impossible- made a dent in the Universe. he's brought so much great music, nurtured so many great talents for so many years, where to start? Im sure there are 5 other books filled with more stories he could have written. I am a professional songwriter, classically trained musician, Grammy nominee who knows the man, yet never worked with him. I hope someday to serve the world by spreading the LOVE that is MUSIC, the nectar of the Gods, with even a fraction of the accomplishment. We each leave a legacy. Clive's is the love and nurture of music- music is the tonic which heals us, feeds our souls, and shines light upon the world each day. Bravo!
beth91 More than 1 year ago
The book was very good. I gave a very deep look into the world of music and show business. Clive Davis writes a waarm and loving story of his carear in the music world. Randy Beth Goldfarb.
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This is a great read on the life of a music legend. It's required reading for anyone who is into music. Truly inspiring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for the sound bites you hear in interviews, the actual book is so very wordy and boring. Reminds me of someone who just likes to hear themselves talk...but written that way.