J. Vespa/WireImageThe man who helped guide the careers of Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, Santana, Chicago, Billy Joel and many others will be celebrated at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
According to Rolling Stone, a new documentary about legendary music business executive Clive Davis will open the festival. Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives premieres at Radio City Music Hall on April 19th. The screening will be followed by a concert featuring artists who’ve worked with Davis over the years, including Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The film’s director, Chris Perkel, said in a statement, “Directing this film provided a wonderful challenge because Clive Davis stands at the center of a culture-defining array of talent that has shaped the last half century of contemporary music.”
Among those interviewed in the film are Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Patti Smith.
Beginning at CBS-based Columbia Records in the mid-sixties, Davis went on to found Arista Records in 1974. He then teamed with L.A. Reid and Babyface to launch LaFace Records, and later co-founded Bad Boy Records with Sean Combs. Davis is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment.
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