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Does Clive Davis Have the Best Ear in Music?

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Clive Davis’ revealing memoir about his long life and career in the music industry has incited much discussion: first on his bisexuality, and then, much more interestingly, there’s been the back and forth between Davis and Kelly Clarkson about creative differences. But in an exclusive clip from the audio verison of The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis remembers less tumultuous relationships with artists, including with Janis Joplin, Barry Manilow, and Whitney Houston. When reflecting on these artists, he can’t choose which one had the most influence on him. “It’s like really asking a parent which child you’ve had the most special relationship with,” he says. It’s no surprise that he doesn’t mention a certain artist in this clip.

Rolling Stone: Q&A: Clive Davis on Whitney, Aretha and More

‘These are the facts,’ says longtime record exec about his memoir
By David Browne

RollingStone.com February 20, 2013

At 80, Clive Davis, the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, isn’t close to his last dance. The longtime record executive – who headed Columbia, Arista and J during his storied career, working with everyone from Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen through Patti Smith, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys – is working on new albums with Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson, as well as mounting a revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway, possibly next year. He’s also just published his second, even more expansive memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster), which chronicles his entire career and touches on his creative and personal interactions with what amounts to an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Davis sat down in his Sony office to talk about the making of the book and some of its revelations.

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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-clive-davis-on-whitney-aretha-and-spat-with-kelly-clarkson-20130220

Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Music, Book

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — Record producer Clive Davis talks about Whitney Houston’s career, the music industry and his book, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” He speaks with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Music, Book

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — Record producer Clive Davis talks about Whitney Houston’s career, the music industry and his book, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” He speaks with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Clive Davis on The Katie Couric Show

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KatieCouric.com Feb. 19 – Celebrating the Man with the Golden Ears

As hard as it is to get a ticket to the GRAMMYs, the only ticket that’s tougher is the one to the pre-GRAMMY party hosted every year by legendary music man Clive Davis. But this year, we were given unprecedented, exclusive access to the Beverly Hills bash with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

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http://www.katiecouric.com/on-the-show/2013/02/19/headliners-and-hit-makers/