Clive Davis cel­e­brates his le­gacy

Montreal Gazette - - MOVIES - MESFIN FEKADU

Clive Davis cel­e­brated his le­gacy with the de­but of a doc­u­men­tary about his life, along with per­for­mances from artists he helped be­come icons, dur­ing the open­ing night of the 2017 Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val.

Davis, 85, said it was a dream come true to launch Clive Davis: The Sound­track of Our Lives, at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall since he grew up in Brook­lyn and didn’t visit Man­hat­tan un­til he was 13.

The mu­sic mogul was all smiles this week, as per­form­ers Aretha Franklin, Carly Si­mon, Barry Manilow and Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage to pay trib­ute to Davis.

“All of them fresh from not per­form­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion,” Robert De Niro, who co-founded the fes­ti­val, said be­fore the film be­gan.

Franklin called her long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor a “chief­tain” and “hu­man­i­tar­ian.” Davis lost his par­ents while he was an un­der­grad­u­ate at New York Univer­sity, and later at­tended Har­vard Law School.

Af­ter work­ing as a lawyer for Columbia Records, he was pro­moted to pres­i­dent in 1967.

“I had no inkling that mu­sic would be my pas­sion of life,” he said in an in­ter­view. “I had no money af­ter my par­ents died, so I went through school on schol­ar­ships.”

Of the doc­u­men­tary he said: “It was very emo­tional to see artists that I worked with 20, 30, 40 years ago have the same vivid mem­o­ries of how we in­ter­re­lated and what we worked on and is­sues that arose. It cer­tainly gives a very com­pelling pic­ture of the re­la­tion­ship that I had with Whit­ney Houston and of course that’s filled with emo­tional im­pact, and it re­ally showed sides of Whit­ney that no one has ever seen be­fore.”

Davis founded Arista Records in 1975 and J Records in 2000. His doc­u­men­tary will be avail­able on Ap­ple Mu­sic.

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