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.
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.
If you are looking for insight into various artists and the music industry, you'll still be searching after 20-plus hours of drivel
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.
A Happy-go-lucky Irishman
It was enjoyable hearing about his relationship with the various artists over the years and his work at Columbia Records
No, this one was too drawn out as it was.
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.
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.
His evolution from a law firm associate to a music executive and his genuine love of music.
Dennis was great and nuanced. The writing was very good and very well edited.
When Clive took custody of his kids and respected his wife's need to find herself.
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.
If someone else would have read it for him so it didn't come off so self-serving.
Not have bragged so much.
I don't know.
Yes. It showed what you can become when your ego runs rampant
Wish he would go away.
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.
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