Clive Davis, superstar record producer, is coming out as bisexual in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. The 80 year-old music executive has won 5 Grammy Awards and has launched careers for (to name a few) Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santa, Leona Lewis, and Christina Aguilera.
Davis describes in his book a sexual encounter with a man at Studio 54 that changed his life. (Classic Studio 54.)
Via Rolling Stone
On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures. [Being with a man] was a welcome relief.
After this experience he divorced from his wife, entered relationships with both a man and a woman at the same time, and in 1990 exclusively dated a male doctor. After that ended in 2004 Davis has dated men ever since.
The book also discusses the aftermath of coming out to his sons, his early years in music, and some career highlights and lows. There’s some interesting stuff in there, like how he convinced Bruce Springsteen’s manager that Springsteen’s 1973 album Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J. needed more radio friendly songs, and thus Blinded By The Light was added. He also talks about his sadness over Whitney Houston’s downward spiral and his shock along with the rest of the world that Milli Vanilli were not the real voices behind their songs, but were merely lip-synching to another artist’s singing. (Not sure if I believe this one.)
The book is co-written by Rolling Stone Magazine‘s Anthony DeCurtis. It is Davis’s second book, the first being 1975′s Clive: Inside the Record Business.
Good on you, Clive.