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The Soundtrack of My Life [Paperback]

Clive Davis , Anthony DeCurtis
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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476714797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476714790
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Skin Crawling Monologue 23 Mar 2013
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The problem with Clive Davis is that he's not an interesting person. Nor, despite his tiresome efforts to appear otherwise, is he artistic. Nor is he - ever - funny. When he isn't trying to talk up his A&R talents (em, basically Barry Manilow and Whitney Houston?) he's invariably name dropping in the most irritating, long-winded monologue. He's really a lawyer and in fact the best parts of this book are when he describes deals - the only field, in my opinion, where he's in command - convincing. This is a pig of a book. It's badly written and should have been liberally edited. The introduction is a comical turn off. All I could see as I struggled through it, was his ghost writer gritting his teeth and thinking of the money. I also imagined the publisher shaking his head thinking "oh jeez, hopefully his name will sell copies." Clive Davis doesn't engage in talking, he doesn't really appear interested in other people. He lectures. Everything comes back to him and how grateful some celeb was about some badly told incident.

Imagine a musically challenged, boring egotist talking about how important he was to the music business and you have an idea what this book is like. He's so obsessed with himself, his sense of historical perspective is warped. Just one example: he moans that his predecessor Goddard Lieberson dared to say (during the post Clive era in the mid seventies) that he, and not Clive, had first embraced rock music at Columbia. Which historically is true. Seminal Bob Dylan albums like Highway 61 and Blonde on Blonde happened on Lieberson's watch, 1965-66. But for some unknown reason, Clive Davis talks like he started counter culture - just because he attended Monterey in 1967 and poached Janis Joplin in 1968 - about two years after the whole hippie scene exploded in Los Angeles. Clive Davis was a successful business man of no cultural significance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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500+ pages of self congratulations....total inability to put the record labels and artists he was involved with in any industry context. While rambling on about some unheard of artist, he omits any insight as to why ,for example the Beatles,Bowie, Beach Boys, Madonna,Michael Jackson,etc etc were all elsewhere.
A lawyer by training, specialising in artists contracts, with, his words, particular attention to detail, he orders up a $75,000 kitchen remodel(without an estimate??), does not query the bill with the supplier, asks a fellow employee to look into it, -and is surprised when Columbia fires him ,for expense fraud - the bill having been taken care of by them, apparently. Unbeknown to him. Failed to notice that he had not paid it .So unfair . Not his fault . Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinishable 23 Jun 2013
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Empty and lifeless. Contains very little information that isn't widely available in the public domain. Relentlessly pushes a single, simple theme: nothing, nobody much happened in the last 40 years of pop music unless CD, with his unexplained genius, matched the right song to the right singer. Text is flat and uninteresting.
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Wonderful informative book, if you're interested in popular music. Best book to read for a long time! Well worth the money!
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