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The Soundtrack of My Life Audiobook

The Soundtrack of My Life

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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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    Amazon Customer 02-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining"

    A delightful memoir. This is a facet of the music industry not often illuminated. For anyoneinterested in popular music of the late 20th century this is a very worthwhile read.

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    Will 04-28-15
    Will 04-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential"

    If you don't have a mentor and you want to run a label, or you're an artist and want to know the pitfalls of some of your favorites that have come and gone, this is required reading.

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    Kimberley D. King Cleveland Ohio 03-13-15
    Kimberley D. King Cleveland Ohio 03-13-15
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    "Interesting "

    I found the book a great look jnto how the record business is ran. Clive Davis is very articulate and knows hoe to use his words,without offending others. This book is a must read.

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    lujofi 02-13-15
    lujofi 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I learned much about the industry"

    Each signing sounded similar to the last. Afraid of a lawsuit perhaps. Overall I am glad that I read it but also glad it is over

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    Seth Greenberg 01-18-15 Member Since 2016

    love biographies, sports, comedy

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    "one of the best books i ever heard"
    What does Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the narrator was great. sounds like a young Clive Davis


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

    can't wait to buy additional copies as gifts


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    Litlepapoose 02-12-14
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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.

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    Peter United States 09-27-13
    Peter United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Professional who loves a good book. Prefer non fiction-but will take on good fiction.

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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.

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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

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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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