Reviews for Soundtrack of My Life

AudioFile Reviews 2013 May
Clive Davis--Harvard Law School alumnus, former Columbia Records president, and founder of both the Arista and "J" record labels-- provides a lackluster and monotone narration of his memoir of his business career. Davis presents himself as an imperious egotist whose legal and business capabilities somehow assisted him in developing "golden ears," which helped him build the careers of countless platinum-selling musical artists such as Barry Manilow and Whitney Houston. Dennis Boutsikaris's contribution to the narration is smooth and measured. His voice is pleasant, strong, and youngish. But his lack of emotion and variability in style combined with what seems like dictated text makes for a tough slog for the listener. Still, music fans will get a unique and authentic look at the music world amid the author's continual boasting. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2013 May #1

Davis, one of the most successful record producers in history, reflects on his tremendous success in this candid and star-studded memoir. He recounts his beginnings, growing up in Brooklyn, and his relationships with his parents (he lost both when he was young) and family. He also discusses his scholarship to Harvard Law School and short-lived career in law before being hired by Columbia Records at the age of 28, where he signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Santana, and Sly and the Family Stone. He would later go on to found Arista Records, where he revived the careers of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick and made his greatest discovery, Whitney Houston, as well as launching the careers of countless other recording acts. The book is excellently narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. VERDICT This exhaustive and detailed biography is highly recommended for anyone interested in the music business and for music fans in general. [The S. & S. hc was a New York Times best seller.--Ed.]--Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence

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