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The Soundtrack of My Life | [Clive Davis]

The Soundtrack of My Life

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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 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, Clive exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories - some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing - that will captivate and inspire all music lovers.

©2012 Clive Davis (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-01-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2002
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    "great story and sensational narration...a #1 hit!"

    Close up look at the evolution of the recorded business over the past 30 or so years. Lots of great detail on personalities, as well as interesting events. I've been listening to Audible for 14 years, and the narration performed by Dennis Boutsikaris was, by far, the best reading I've ever heard. The content was 5 star. The narration was 7 star.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    RBK Lansing, MI, United States 06-17-13
    RBK Lansing, MI, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Look into...nothing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for insight into various artists and the music industry, you'll still be searching after 20-plus hours of drivel


    Has The Soundtrack of My Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    no


    Did The Soundtrack of My Life inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Hi, I'm Clive Davis. I never made a mistake, and people who failed would have been successful had they listened to me. People who were successful, would have been more successful had they listened to me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Calistoga, CA, United States 05-16-13
    Christopher Calistoga, CA, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011

    A Happy-go-lucky Irishman

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    What did you like best about The Soundtrack of My Life? What did you like least?

    It was enjoyable hearing about his relationship with the various artists over the years and his work at Columbia Records


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    Unsure


    Do you think The Soundtrack of My Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this one was too drawn out as it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Clive Davis was an individual who apparently has been in the right place at the right time most of his life. He is a quintessential businessman who followed his intuition and passion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Shivell San Jose, CA 03-18-13
    Elizabeth Shivell San Jose, CA 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    ginny's girl

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    "Fascinating look inside the music biz!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially to business and law students about best business practices and for music lovers everywhere about how great music was nurtured by a fan who was also a realist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Soundtrack of My Life?

    His evolution from a law firm associate to a music executive and his genuine love of music.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ’s performance did you like?

    Dennis was great and nuanced. The writing was very good and very well edited.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Clive took custody of his kids and respected his wife's need to find herself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14
    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Learn about a life and music"

    I am not much of a music connoisseur, but I enjoyed this book anyway. Davis tells a great story, a personal story that just happens to weave in a lot of musicians and places that are famous today. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-12-14
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Full of himself."
    What would have made The Soundtrack of My Life better?

    If someone else would have read it for him so it didn't come off so self-serving.


    What could Clive Davis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have bragged so much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    I don't know.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. It showed what you can become when your ego runs rampant


    Any additional comments?

    Wish he would go away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 01-07-14
    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I, I, I, me, me, me"
    Would you try another book from Clive Davis and/or Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    I would not read another book by Clive Davis. I thought the narrator did a fine job. He couldn't fix the problems with this book.


    Has The Soundtrack of My Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love autobiographies and have developed a specific love for autobiographies of people in the entertainment industry.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't love the book but I didn't totally hate it either. I just had to take it in small doses. There were bits of information but this book is all about him and the great things he did. He apparently never made a mistake, gave nothing but great advice and wasn't very personally connected to his artists. It was more of a history of contracts than a history of artists and relationships with artists.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter United States 09-27-13
    Peter United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "and then i did this"
    Would you try another book from Clive Davis and/or Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    nope


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    his early life


    What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ’s voice?

    I know everything about pop music and he probaly does


    Do you think The Soundtrack of My Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no way


    Any additional comments?

    too long could live with out his discussion of his sexuality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 08-08-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What you may not know behind the scenes of music"
    Would you listen to The Soundtrack of My Life again? Why?

    Possibly parts of it because it was interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was really surprised at the end. I guess I'm out of the loop of the music industry!


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis – was your favorite?

    I don't know about FAVORITE, but I enjoyed learning an insiders's perspective of many of the "characters".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing about his firing and how the family got through it.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, especially if you are interested in the music world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 06-28-13
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Great stories and great history"

    Clive Davis is very diplomatic and, aside from a few notable exceptions like kelly Clarkston, he remains diplomatic and business-like in his depictions of the business relationships he has had with dozens of musicians,producers, writers, superstars and artists. I do wish he had spilled more greasy gossip but he admirably stays above the tattle tale, sensational claptrap that we get with the common tell-alls.
    At times his arrogance comes through but you don't get to be the most successful exec in the music business by being meek.
    He leads/led one of the most fascinating music business careers of the 20th century and this autobiography gives a decent history of popular music of the second half of the 20th century.

    It's a compelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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