Directed by Chris Perkel. 2017. USA. Color. 123 min.
"Captivating!... Watching the movie is like listening to some ultimate annotated Classic Top 40 playlist"
Documentarian Chris Perkel catalogs the life and successes of iconic music executive Clive Davis, from his miraculous start at Columbia Records through his trailblazing work at Arista Records and J Records, with a heavy dose of outstanding music sprinkled in between.
More than mere biography, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a guided tour of cultural revolution from the '60s to the rise of hip-hop, led by a man who consistently caught the next wave before everyone else. Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Santana, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, The Grateful Dead, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Kenny G, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys: even a partial list does not do justice to the incredible range of performers Davis discovered, mentored, or oversaw during his career.
Many of them are in the film, in both archival footage and contemporary interviews, to attest to Davis's singular talent, blessed life, and how much work went into one to create the other. In Aretha's words, Davis is "the greatest record man of all time," and Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives is definitive, ceaselessly entertaining proof.
"Be prepared to laugh, cry, stomp your feet and applaud. The film is utterly engaging and entertaining."
- NBC News