Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives opens theatrically September 27; premieres on Apple Music October 3
There is a wonderful moment in Chris Perkel's new documentary about Clive Davis that captures the paradoxical quality of the record industry impresario. There's Clive in 1967 sitting in the middle of the audience at the Monterey Pop Festival, surrounded by hippies in the groove, wearing a white V-neck tennis sweater. Davis looks for all the world like a guy who got lost on his way to the country club.
But it was at Monterey -- for all of his 'fish out of water' appearance -- that Clive would sign Janis Joplin, an early indication of his nearly infallible 'golden ears' that would prove key to launching the careers of Joplin, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, The Notorious B.I.G., Jennifer Hudson and other preeminent artists.
Discovering my love for music and my ability to find and develop artists has been the greatest gift of my life.
The documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, is based on Davis' autobiography, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of My Life. The film contains rich anecdotes from Clive and many of the leading figures he worked with; Manilow reveals why he initially disagreed with Davis' choice of material for the album that would make him a star. Paul Simon expresses astonishment at the song Davis insisted should be the first single off the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album. Composer/producer David Foster reveals details of their conflict over the final version of Whitney's mega-hit "I Will Always Love You."
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives is set for a limited theatrical release beginning September 27. It debuts exclusively on Apple Music October 3. Apple Music released a new trailer for the film as the premiere date approached:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.