Music Legend Clive Davis Celebrates Release of Memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life”

Music legend Clive Davis, recognized for helping shape the landscape of the modern music industry, will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, February 19th and ring The Closing Bell to celebrate the release that day of his autobiography entitled, "The Soundtrack of My Life."  The book chronicles Davis' life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires.   


Davis has discovered or championed musical greats such as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Whitney Houston, The Grateful Dead, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Rod Stewart, among many others.  His career has spanned more than four decades and numerous genres including rock, pop, R & B, country and hip hop.


About Clive Davis

Clive Davis began his career at Columbia Records where he was appointed president in 1967 and signed such legendary rock artists as Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Earth Wind & Fire. In 1974, Davis went on to found Arista Records where the label developed the careers of Barry Manilow, The Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Carly Simon among the diverse roster under his leadership. His business ventures include forming LaFace Records in 1989 with L.A. Reid and Babyface, and creating Bad Boy Records in 1994 with Sean "Diddy" Combs. In 2000, J Records was born (in partnership with BMG) and emerged as a dominant force, producing the works of Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Luther Vandross and Jennifer Hudson. Davis was then appointed Chairman/CEO of BMG U.S. Label Group in which he oversaw an expanded RCA Music Group including J Records, RCA Records, and Arista Records. After BMG and Sony Music merged, in 2008 Davis was appointed Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Worldwide, where he continues to nurture and develop a broad spectrum of talent. Davis received the coveted Trustees Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 from The Recording Academy and was, in the same year, inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  As a humanitarian, Davis has made tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS, spearheading donations of millions of dollars for AIDS research. He has received humanitarian honors from such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), and the Anti-Defamation League. In 2002, the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music was created at his undergraduate alma-matter, New York University, The Tisch School. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the father of three sons and a daughter.