“Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives”

April 20, 2017 § Leave a comment


Over 6,000 Tribeca Film Festival Fans attended the 16th Anniversary of the Opening Night of the “Triangle Below Canada.”  Governor Cuomo joked that the Festival will soon be called the “Triangle Below Canada,” because due to it’s growth in popularity, the opening night was held at Radio City Music Hall (which is North of Tribeca), and perhaps next year, the opening night will be held in Albany.  Hahahaha!   Governor Cuomo reminded the audience that New York continues to celebrate diversity and individuality, offering tax incentives to the arts with over 200 shows and movies having been filmed in NY.

Take a musical journey with the ‘master producer of music,’ Clive Davis.  Born a Jewish boy in Brooklyn, NY, where there was a lot of emphasis on becoming either a lawyer or a doctor, Clive, who grew up with radio, believed the future was Rock and Roll and decided to discover and sign musicians instead. Having a weakness for artists, and loving the process, he helped pave the career paths for so many well known and respected artists instead.  Both of his parents died when he was University aged, which gave him fuel to work very hard. When the President of Columbia Records asked him to be the head of the musical instruments division, he turned it down. He was then offered to become the new head of Columbia Records, which he accepted, and he became ‘the one suit the musicians trusted.”

The documentary starts off with Janis Joplin playing acoustic guitar singing, “Me and Bobby McGee,” and continues on with interviews and discussions from the best of the best in the music industry from the Haight Ashbury/Monterey Pop music revolution, through today. There is a strong emphasis on his father/daughter relationship with Whitney Houston, and his experience at Arista records.

The following artists are featured in the film: Santana, Barry Manilow, ‘Earth, Wind, and Fire,’ Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Alan Parson, Bay City Rollers, Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Air Supply, The Kinks, Kenny G, Whitney Houston. Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Velvet Revolver, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Rod Stewart.

There was a concert after the screening at Radio City to celebrate the career and to show gratitude to Clive Davis: Barry Manilow sang a compilation of his greatest hits, Jennifer Hudson sang, “Hallelujah,” and a few of Whitney’s songs, “Earth, Wind, and Fire along with Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and Aretha Franklin.

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