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A New York Times Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

A Chicago Tribune Bestseller

A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Bisexual Nonfiction

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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 do.

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 experiences offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.

Told with Davis’ unmatched wit, frankness, and style, The Soundtrack of My Life exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—that will captivate and inspire all music lovers. 

Editorial Reviews

“No one has written a book that reveals as much about the industry as Mr. Davis’s book does.” 

The Wall Street Journal

“Entertaining.”

The New York Times 

“The pages of The Soundtrack of My Life are filled with fantastic scenes and revelations.”

The Los Angeles Times

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Author Biography

Clive Davis is the chief creative officer of Sony Music. He has worked with innumerable musical stars and media personalities. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he attended New York University and Harvard Law School. Davis has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock Hall of Fame as a non-performer.  

Reader Biography

Clive Davis is the chief creative officer of Sony Music. He has worked with innumerable musical stars and media personalities. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he attended New York University and Harvard Law School. Davis has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock Hall of Fame as a non-performer.  

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