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.
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.
No, I love autobiographies and have developed a specific love for autobiographies of people in the entertainment industry.
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.
his early life
I know everything about pop music and he probaly does
too long could live with out his discussion of his sexuality
Possibly parts of it because it was interesting.
I was really surprised at the end. I guess I'm out of the loop of the music industry!
I don't know about FAVORITE, but I enjoyed learning an insiders's perspective of many of the "characters".
Hearing about his firing and how the family got through it.
Good book, especially if you are interested in the music world.
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.
great from the very beginning. Such a wonderful insider glimpse of the world of rock and roll from a very different perspective. So interesting to see it from the management's point of view. loved it.
The story in general was compelling and interesting from start to finish. What an amazing life to be sure. Loved hearing about all his thoughts and experiences with regard to music and performers, as well as the inter workings in the corporate world
I have not read my autobiographies
no, it just kept my interest. I looked forward to the times I could indulge and listen
From Fort Worth, Texas. Avid reader. Especially love Hebrew roots!
Yes, the book is fascinating, but hearing it is more like watching the movie.. which must be next!
I am so intrigued and just can't get enough of this. There is so much wisdom to gain, especially for someone trying to make it in the industry.
Clive, the man himself.
A true life story that's better than fiction!
Near the top. The narrator did a good job of making you forget that he wasn't the author.
And the stories about the famous artists that he's worked with - and his own reflections on business, and personal principles all made it a good listen.
The amount of details from things that happened 40+ years ago was remarkable.
Its too long for that - although I did find it to be addictive.
Reviews I've read about this book mostly focus on Mr. Davis' "coming out of the closet", though it was just a note at the end of the book. Its as if he felt that it should be noted, but doesn't see it as a central part of his story. And rightfully so - as his remarkable success had little or nothing to do with his sexuality.
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