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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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    A. Garofalo boston 06-05-13
    A. Garofalo boston 06-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprisingly Down to earth, fascinating and honest"

    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.

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    Kathryn Chino, CA, United States 04-18-13
    Kathryn Chino, CA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Soundtrack of My Life?

    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


    What other book might you compare The Soundtrack of My Life to and why?

    I have not read my autobiographies


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, it just kept my interest. I looked forward to the times I could indulge and listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Martin Ft Worth, TX 04-01-13
    T. Martin Ft Worth, TX 04-01-13

    From Fort Worth, Texas. Avid reader. Especially love Hebrew roots!

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    "FAB! FAB! FAB! BETTER THAN FICTION!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Soundtrack of My Life to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the book is fascinating, but hearing it is more like watching the movie.. which must be next!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Clive, the man himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true life story that's better than fiction!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert CAMARILLO, CA, United States 03-25-13
    robert CAMARILLO, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A detailed account of a storied career"
    Where does The Soundtrack of My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of details from things that happened 40+ years ago was remarkable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its too long for that - although I did find it to be addictive.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Tiffany bald head island, NC, United States 03-24-13
    Tiffany bald head island, NC, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been titled: "The History of Arista Records" because it was about the record company not Clive Davis' life.

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