In 2013, music legend Clive Davis released his all-encompassing memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, which recounted his extraordinary five-decade career in the music business. Now, four years later, Davis offers a film version of some of his life achievements in the newly released Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.
In the new doc, now playing on Apple Music, some of the legendary artists Davis cultivated speak on their relationship with the icon, and how he influenced their career.
“In seeing this film, in seeing [Paul] Simon separately and [Art] Garfunkel nostalgically recall how I picked “Bridge Over Trouble Water” as their single,” Davis tells ABC Radio. “In seeing Aretha [Franklin] talk about that first dinner I had when we met and we began our collaboration; in seeing the great Patti Smith, the quintessential renaissance woman, talk about how I not just knew her, but her family…It gives you not only insight, but it brings back sharply into my focus all the artists that I dealt with.”
Davis believes the doc can also serve as a teaching tool for music execs and what they should really be focused on.
“I believe in young artists — a young Avery Wilson who’s only 21 — as he begins his career, and the incredible Johnny Mathis. I am a great believer of showing, not one-hit wonders, but how long a career could last,” Davis explains.
While the past is important, 85-year-old Davis emphasizes he’s still very much in tune with the now.
“I’m presenting Dionne Warwick with the Mary Anderson Award in Philly. I’m going to see Hamilton with Aretha,” he says. “I saw Springsteen last night, as I said, and spent time with him and his wife Patti backstage. So yes, I’m very much alive in the moment.”
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