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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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    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 01-07-14
    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
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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.


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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

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 08-08-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 08-08-13
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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 2010
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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.

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    A. Garofalo 06-05-13
    A. Garofalo 06-05-13

    amandaerin

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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 04-18-13
    Kathryn 04-18-13
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    "An interesting, enjoyble and enlightening listen"
    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
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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 03-24-13
    Tiffany 03-24-13
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    "Wrong Title"
    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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