Clive Davis with Kara Swisher at Beach Blanket Babylon Theater

Monday, March 18th, 2013

To mark the publication of his new autobiography “The Soundtrack of My Life” (Simon & Schuster), Clive Davis appears at the world famous Beach Blanket Babylon Theater to take us behind the scenes of his incredible life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires several times over, with fascinating anecdotes about some of the most talented musicians of the last sixty years. Mr. Davis’ career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists including: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, 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 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

The evenings event will be a moderated discussion and Q&A with The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Swisher.

Tickets are $30 and will include a signed copy of Mr. Davis’ book. Seating is General Admission and on a strict first come, first served basis. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age and have proper identification.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Mr. Davis talk about his remarkable career and share personal stories about his life.

Brief Bios:

Clive Davis started out as a lawyer, but then landed a job at Columbia Records and eventually became its president. While there, Davis signed Janis Joplin, Aerosmith and others to the label. In 1974, he started Arista Records. He mentored such performers as Barry Manilow and Whitney Houston. Davis created J Records in 2000 and now serves as the chief creative officer for Sony Music.

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics. With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.

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Clive Davis with Kara Swisher at Beach Blanket Babylon Theater