Clive Davis talks about shaping the last 50 years of popular music. He has discovered, signed, or worked with Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. The Soundtrack of My Life tells his story—of 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.
Clive Davis talks to Leonard Lopate about shaping the last 50 years of popular music. In his new book, The Soundtrack of My Life, he tells his story—of becoming an orphan, getting through college and law school on scholarships, and starting up his own record company.
Music industry executive Clive Davis was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his five decades working with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana to Patti Smith and Lou Reed. He also told us what he's a fan of -- and what he's listening to now!
Clive Davis has discovered, signed and supported some of the biggest names in music over the past 45 years -- from Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. In an interview with Soundcheck Davis talks about his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life and explains how he lucked into the music business, describes his first experience listening to Janis Joplin, and dispels rumors about his public tiff with Kelly Clarkson.
In this episode: Music industry legend Clive Davis recently released a tell-all autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life. We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer about how he entered the music business and shaped the careers of big-time artists.
Plus: The Vienna Philharmonic’s somewhat-hidden Nazi past is stirring up controversy at the moment. We speak with New York Times classical music freelance writer and consultant Jim Oestreich about the ensemble's former connections with the Nazi party.
And: Musician and performance artist Holcombe Waller joins us to show off a new, electronic-influenced sound.