Famed record company executive and music industry legend Clive Davis has come out as “bisexual.” Davis, now 80 years old, discusses his “bisexual life” as part of his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. According to wide spread reports, he discusses his sexual preferences in a five page description near the end of the book. In that section he reveals that his first sexual encounter with a male was during “the era of Studio 54.” “On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures,” writes Davis. Being with a man, he writes, provided “welcome relief.”
This personal revelation lead to what is described as a period of soul searching that resulted in the separation from his second wife in 1985. Davis then went on to have sexual relationships with 2 women and a man until 1990. It was then that he entered into a “monogamous relationship” with an unnamed male doctor until 2004. Davis goes on to say that he has been in a subsequent relationship with another man since.
Davis writes that admitting his sexual preference caused great strain to the relationship he has with his son Mitchell. Reports are that the two are working on their differences. Davis’, The Soundtrack of My Life, serves as a sequel to 1975 memoir Clive: Inside the Record Business, which discusses nearly five decades of his work in the music industry.
Originally working as a New York lawyer, Clive Davis’ career in music began at then CBS subsidiary Columbia Records, when he was hire as a 28 year old general counsel. As a result he was part of the company when it was reorganized in 1966, and eventually appointed president and general manager in 1967. Once endowed with decision making power, Davis became a key contributor to the 1960’s Rock & Roll scene.
That same year Davis signed acts like, Janus Joplin, and Electric Flag. In fact Columbia Records grew to become a hub for Rock music development under Davis’ presidency. During his era, Columba signed stand outs like Carlos Santana, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Earth Wind And Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, and Billy Joel.
After parting ways with columbia due to a personal dispute, Davis went on to form Arista Records as the music division of Columbia Pictures. (Then a separate company from Columbia Records) Under Clive, Arista became the home of more stand outs like Barry Manilow, The Bay City Rollers, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and later Alicia Keys. When Columbia Pictures sold Arista to the German company that would evolve into BMG, making them sister companies with RCA Records, Clive made a noticeable shift in business practices. He diversified Arista’s efforts into the funding joint ventures with now famous companies like Laface Records with Antonio “LA” Reid & Baby Face, and Bad Boy Records with Sean “Puffy” Combs. Arista also served as the North American distributor to an independent Jive Records before it was acquired by Sony Music Entertainment. Jive made its name its name releasing such stand outs as Flock Of Seagulls, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, *Nsync, Backstreet Boys and more.
The Soundtrack of My Life also discusses key personal happenings for Davis after 1975 to present day. Some examples given were the Milli Vanilli lip sync scandal, an in-depth description of a dispute between him and singer Kelly Clarkson. The book also gives detaisl from his point of view of when he was forced out of the Arista. The Soundtrack of My Life was co-written with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. It’s in stores now.