There are few names as synonymous with success in music as Clive Davis. The legendary record producer/A&R executive/general music mogul has wind 5 GRAMMY Awards, is a non-performer member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has consistently helped produce some of the biggest names in music for more than 50 years across a vast array of genres and styles. Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Lou Reed, Toni Braxton, Billy Joel, TLC, Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Patti Smith…The list stretches from the Summer of Love to the turn of the century; from Kenny G all the way to The Notorious B.I.G. Clive Davis’ influence on popular music cannot be understated.
[Clive Davis with Whitney Houston via Tribeca Film Festival]
Davis’ long, storied career gets a spotlight in Apple Music‘s new documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. In it, documentarian Chris Perkel catalogues the life and successes of the iconic music executive, from his miraculous start at Columbia Records through his trailblazing work at Arista Records and J Records, with a heavy dose of outstanding music sprinkled in between.
[Davis with (l-r) Diddy, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown via Reuters]
Yesterday, Apple Music revealed the first official trailer for the documentary, and the star power featured in the 2-minute clip alone is enough to pique the interest of even the most causal music fan about this music business superhero. The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir muses that “He had a reputation for having the ‘Golden Ear.'” Hip-hop pioneer P Diddy explains, “We’re talking about the ’60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s…he’s made the soundtrack of our lives.” Disco queen Aretha Franklin proclaims him “the greatest record man of all time.” And that just scratches the surface of the incredible star power tapped for the film.
Watch the official trailer for Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives below via Apple Music:
The film, which debuted to warm reviews when it opened this past Spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, will have a limited theatrical run starting September 27th before landing on the Apple Music platform on October 3rd.
[Cover photo via Susana Millman/Dead.net]