Apple Music has bought the rights to the documentary "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives", which opens the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday evening at the Radio City Music Hall.
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. From Aretha Franklin to Jennifer Hudson to Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick, each artist was either discovered by Davis, or had their careers revitalized by him.
As the musicians and movie were there to remind, Davis was a man who found and cultivated artists like Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana and Janis Joplin, as well as those, such as Warwick, whom he revived mid-career. Apple did not disclose when it will release "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" or whether it will have a theatrical release.
The five-time Grammy victor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award has, as the press release says, "signed, influenced and driven the careers of numerous most important music artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries". He first acknowledged Davis, "What a life. and I was there!" Soon after, Jennifer Hudson took the stage to perform a medley of Whitney Houston's biggest hits. Davis earned a loud cheer from the audience when he started dancing. "Happiness is a man called Clive", she said, before her short set.
"Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" is directed by Chris Perkel and based on the 2013 autobiography from Davis. After working as a lawyer for Columbia Records, he was promoted to president in 1967, despite not desiring a career in music. A major chunk of the Davis documentary was dedicated to his discovery and nurturing of the late Whitney Houston, focusing on the shocking loss of the singer in 2012.
"Apple is a global innovator that has revolutionized the distribution of music".