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Billboard: Clive Davis Documentary Coming Exclusively to Apple Music

By Andy Gensler

Just as it seemed as if music exclusives were drying up on streaming services, news comes today that a documentary starring one of the music businesses’ most lauded executives will be appearing exclusively on Apple Music.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography and made in conjunction with The IM Global and Scott Free Productions, will premiere tonight (April 19) at the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall. The showing will be followed by special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon and Barry Manilow.

The five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award has, as the press release says, “signed, influenced and driven the careers of many of the most important music artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries.” This includes a slate of a-list artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys and Sean “Puffy” Combs.

“Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music,” said Davis in a statement. “It is a touching honor to share the music and unique stories that have shaped my career with millions of Apple Music subscribers around the world. I am overjoyed to work with them to continue this incredible journey!”

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Fast Company: Music History Revelations From The New Doc On Super-Producer Clive Davis

“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives” chronicles “the man with the golden ears” in a nostalgic trip through some astounding behind-the-scenes tales.

By KC Ifeanyi

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary that chronicles the rise of one of the music industry’s preeminent forces.

Director Chris Perkel stitches together an array of interviews and archival footage to tell Davis’s story, starting as a young boy in Brooklyn to a bright law student at Harvard and eventually a powerful music executive who spun gold and platinum records across just about every genre.

Through his bevy of record labels, including Columbia Records, J Records, and Arista, Davis signed, developed, and/or revived the careers of artists including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Dionne Warwick, The Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny G, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, and beyond.

 

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Deadline Hollywood: Tribeca Opener ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives’ Goes To Apple Music

By Liz Calvario

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival’s opening-night film, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, is headed exclusively to Apple Music. The news was announced on the eve of its premiere tonight at Radio City Music Hall.

The Chris Perkel-directed documentary from IM Global and Scott Free Productions is based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography that chronicles the influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings to became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures. With a career spanning more than five decades, Davis’ life provided an incredible tour of the most sensational music of the cultural revolution, from the ’60s to the rise of hip-hop. The music mogul has signed, influenced and driven the careers of many of the most important music artists of the 20th and 21st centuries including Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and many more.

“Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music,” said Davis. “It is a touching honor to share the music and unique stories that have shaped my career with millions of Apple Music subscribers around the world. I am overjoyed to work with them to continue this incredible journey!”

 

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Hollywood Reporter: Inside Clive Davis’ Doc: Industry Lessons and “Super Emotional” Whitney Houston Moments

By Ashley Lee

“He wasn’t one of those labels execs who are out trying to party with the artists — he just cares,” says Chris Perkel, director of ‘The Soundtrack of Our Lives,’ which opens the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday with a resounding salute to Clive Davis.

The world premiere of the music-oriented documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday will be followed by live performances by Aretha Franklin; Jennifer Hudson; Carly Simon; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more.

The doc’s director, Chris Perkel, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about filming the legendary producer, learning from Davis’ music industry tactics and carefully including footage of the late Whitney Houston.

Why a doc about Clive Davis?

Anybody who’s been alive over the last 50 years has felt his impact, but what’s most inspiring is how he lived his life, both professionally and personally, as someone who wasn’t bound by the identity politics and close-minded thinking that so many of us fall victim to. That receptiveness and engagement with the world enabled him to span so many genres and generations. Most people struggle with that, particularly as you get older, but he’s never done that.

 

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Variety: Clive Davis Discusses ‘Gripping’ Documentary ‘Soundtrack of Our Lives,’ Prince and Working With Geniuses

By Jem Aswad

“It’s not sugar-coated — this is very real and gripping,” the legendary record man says

There have been many great “record men” since the advent of what we now know as popular music, but there’s only one Clive Davis.

His story has been told many times, not least in the documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which was directed by Chris Perkel and premieres at Radio City Music Hall as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday night. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records, a client of the firm for which he worked, in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967, and shortly afterward experienced an epiphany at the Monterey Pop Festival (the 50th anniversary of which is coming up in June), coming away with not just a vision of the burgeoning rock revolution, but also a contract for Janis Joplin. In the half century since then — at Columbia, the two labels he founded, Arista and J, and his current role as chief creative officer for Sony Music — he’s directed or had a strong hand in the careers of Sly and the Family Stone, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and many others; via deals with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s LaFace Records and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy, he’s also been connected with Outkast, TLC, Usher, Pink, and The Notorious B.I.G.

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http://variety.com/2017/film/news/clive-davis-documentary-soundtrack-of-our-lives-prince-1202033555/

 

 

NY Times: After a Half-Century in Music, Clive Davis Is Still in Love

By Ben Sisario

In the Manhattan office of Clive Davis, there are reminders everywhere of his work with superstar musicians: on the wall, photos of Mr. Davis with Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, and, on a table, a large amethyst crystal given to him by his closest protégée: “Clive,” reads an inscription, “Peace and Love. Whitney.”

Mr. Davis, 85, has been one of the dons of the music business for half a century, and is now the chief creative officer of Sony Music. His career is the subject of a documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” directed by Chris Perkel, which will open the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, with a screening and a concert at Radio City Music Hall. The names on the bill, all artists Mr. Davis has worked with over his career, show some of his breadth, and his pull: Ms. Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow and the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

In a recent interview, Mr. Davis discussed his improbable entry into the record business; why he never stops worrying; and how he dealt with some of the setbacks in his career, like being fired from Columbia Records and implicated in a payola scandal that he says unfairly smeared him. Here are edited excerpts from that conversation.

You started as a lawyer, and early in the film you say, “I knew nothing about music.” How do you account for the career you’ve had?

Through both luck and fate, I discovered on the job that I had a natural gift that I never knew I had.

The gift is to determine who could be a long-lasting, major star. And from a repertoire point of view, those songs that are capable of becoming first a hit record — how they could be arranged, sung, performed — and hopefully be one of those very few hit records that become standards.

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Billboard Magazine: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, More to Appear in Clive Davis Documentary

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5/5/2016 by and

IM Global, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. and director Chris Perkel are partnering for the feature-length project is based on the industry legend’s 2013 memoir.

Clive Davis’ colorful life is getting the documentary treatment.

IM Global, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. and director Chris Perkel are partnering on Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which is based on the music mogul’s revelatory New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life.

Indie entertainment studio IM Global is fully financing the project and handling worldwide sales while WME Global is overseeing domestic distribution rights. IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and IM global music president David Schulhof announced the full details of the project today.

Davis, however, beat them to it on April 16 at New York’s Cutting Room during a first-ever Arista Records reunion party. The 200 guests of the now defunct label got a sneak peek courtesy of a 10-minute sizzle reel of very early footage (some photos still contained watermarks). Included were interviews with big-name acts he was involved with during his unmatched career, among them: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Patti Smith and the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir. “It’s very special to see because I didn’t know who [would participate],” Davis, 84, said at the event.

 

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Hollywood Reporter: Clive Davis Doc in the Works at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods.

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I am excited to share the news via The Hollywood Reporter: “Clive Davis’ colorful life is getting the documentary treatment. IM Global, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and director Chris Perkel are partnering on Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which is based on the music mogul’s revelatory New York Times best-selling memoir “The Soundtrack of My Life”- Clive Davis

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IM Global is financing and handling worldwide sales for the feature-length project based on the industry legend’s 2013 memoir.

 By Shirley Halperin and Chris Gardner

Clive Davis’ colorful life is getting the documentary treatment.

IM Global, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. and director Chris Perkel are partnering on Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which is based on the music mogul’s revelatory New York Times best-selling memoir The Soundtrack of My Life.

 

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/clive-davis-doc-works-at-889768

Prince

Prince was peerless as a musician, performer and songwriter. He was clearly one of the all-time greats, always mesmerizing, magical and cutting edge. He was one-of-a-kind in every respect. To know Prince personally was to know someone kind and gentle, phenomenally brilliant and intellectually curious, with every bone in his body loving music. The world of music has tragically lost one of its greatest defining members. – Clive

 

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