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Clive Davis in Southland on 'Soundtrack of My Life' book tour

March 12, 2013|By Randy Lewis
  • Clive Davis, with Patti Smith at a Grammy gala, will be coming to the Los Angeles area on a tour for his new book.
Clive Davis, with Patti Smith at a Grammy gala, will be coming to the Los Angeles… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Clive Davis will make a promotional swing through Southern California over the next several days in conjunction with the publication of his new book, “The Soundtrack of My Life,” written with veteran Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis.

Davis will do a book signing at Book Soup in West Hollywood at 4 p.m. March 15; and on March 20, participate in a sold-out Q&A session with Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli in the museum's 200-seat theater that bears Davis' name. He’ll also visit the Roxy in West Hollywood for a moderated Q&A event at 6 p.m. March 21.

“The Soundtrack of My Life” recently entered the New York Times' bestseller list at No. 2, with that newspaper’s review calling it an “entertaining if overfilled new memoir.” Los Angeles Times pop music critic Randall Roberts praised Davis’ “calm openness” in discussing various facets of his long career as one of the music industry’s quintessential “record men” -- executives who understand the music as well as the business aspects of the pop music world.

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The 608-page volume touches on Davis' early years as a lawyer for Columbia Records on his way to eventually running the label, his working relationships with scores of artists including Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith leading up to Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. The book also includes a few personal revelations, including his bisexuality.

Through it all, Davis retains an unshakable belief in the power of music to connect with the public in a big way when the right song finds its way to the right artist, even as the music industry struggles to come to terms with rapidly changing technology.

As Davis told The Times in February a few days ahead of his annual pre-Grammy Awards party, “I have always been and continue to be optimistic that music is so vital and that once we got over this period and really root out the piracy that has substantially affected what has gone on in music in the last several years, it shows that the music industry, the music itself can continue to have a vital role and growth as a far as the future. I’m still optimistic.”

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